Conservative-held since World War II, the current constituency of Runnymede and Weybridge is situated west of London and close to Heathrow Airport, with the Thames as its natural boundary.
Famous as the historic site of the sealing of the Magna Carta, Runnymede and Weybridge is also home to Royal Holloway University, Thorpe Park and Brooklands Museum, birthplace of British Motorsport and Aviation.
- Home to the campus of Royal Holloway, University of London,
- It has even been said that Egham has links to the origin of Dr. Seuss’ 1960 best-selling book, Green Eggs and Ham, whilst the author was briefly stationed in the town during World War II. Not finding Egham to his liking, he is rumoured to have remarked “I do not like green Egham” and he has cited this as his inspiration for the book’s famous repeated refrain.
- National Headquarters of Enterprise Rent-A-Car
- Home to the United Service Club, established in 1921, and holds three Real Ale festivals every year.
- One of the oldest market towns in England: its Church of England parish church dates to the 12th Century and Chertsey Abbey was founded in 666 A.D.
- Black Cherry Fair, traced back to 1440
- Chertsey Regatta has been held on the river for over 150 years
- Home to UK head office and European headquarters of Samsung Electronics and Thorpe Park.
- Cited in Charles Dickens’ Oliver Twist (1838) as the place where Oliver is forced by Bill Sikes to take part in an attempted burglary.
- St Peter’s Hospital
- Administrative centre of Runnymede Borough, the council is based at the civic centre in the middle of town.
- Brooklands Museum, Mercedes-Benz world – old Brooklands race track.
Map of Runnymede and Weybridge