January 17, 2014 at 4:31 pm #6590
We are currently house hunting and are really curious about Chertsey, it seems like a nice (pretty) place but with a slightly rundown high street. I’ve read a few forums that describe it as chav ville but this doesn’t seem the case when you drive through it. Can anyone give me an honest rundown of the place?
We have a 5 month old daughter and are looking for a place to settle for the mid/long-term, we need to commute to London but work flexible hours so don’t need to get caught up in the rush hour. We currently rent in Walton and know its great here but specifically need an honest appraisal of life in Chertsey.
ClaireJanuary 22, 2014 at 8:21 pm #6614
I’m not a native but have known the town for many years. I live a few miles down the road and am a regular at Chertsey’s smashing little film club… http://www.chertseyfilm.org.uk.
My verdict: Chertsey is unpretentious with a real social mix from chavs to retired colonels, lots of interesting little corners and darling cottages, oodles of character (more than Walton) and a great community vibe. It inspires strong loyalty among its residents. It is so untrendy that it is sort of uber-trendy – for those in on the secret that Chertsey is a bit special. Hope that helps. If you do lay your hat in dear old Chertsey, come and see us on one of our Friday Night Movies at Chertsey Hall.
January 23, 2014 at 10:50 am #6617
- This reply was modified 8 years, 8 months ago by Jennifer.
Chav ville is very unfair – as Jennifer says, the population of Chertsey is a mixed bag. We 9myself, my wife and 3 girls) have lived here for 5 years and are very happy. There is good choice in local schools (and you should get your 5 month old’s name down at the nursery on Pyrcroft Road – it is excellent). The town centre isn’t up to much, it’s true, though there are a few pubs and restaurants, a Sainsburys, a small but good library, a nice chippy! For better shopping you are minutes away from Weybridge and Staines, and obviously there are great transport links. M25 is a couple of minutes away, M3 too. Trains are regular – I commute to central London and apart from the usual moans about occasional lateness, the service is fine. Give Chertsey a go!January 23, 2014 at 11:34 am #6619
Actually, I should have said so-called “chavs” in my post… there are chaps and chapesses with not a lot of dosh living in Chertsey, this is true. Quite a few people, as well, with plenty more than enough to be very comfortable. it’s that mix that makes it distinctive.
jSeptember 4, 2022 at 8:45 pm #26567
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