History of Egham Town in Surrey


The town of Egham in Surrey has existed as a settlement for centuries. Archaeological evidence at the Chertsey Museum shows that the Egham region, especially along the Thames, is home to ancient civilizations. Archaeological evidence of the Bronze Age and Iron Age sites has been found, including evidence from Petter’s Field which shows numerous postholes, potential evidence for the 6-round, town-wide excavations.

Egham’s name comes from Ecga’s Ham (Ecga Farm). This place was greatly accomplished in the reign of King John. The field on the outskirts of Egham, known as Runnymede, was chosen as the site of the world-renowned Magna Carta in 1215.

Egham became an important educational town in the 17th and 19th centuries. As a result, many coaching inns were built around the surrounding areas. Only 19 miles west of London and fascinated by the rushing lanes of the M3, M25 and Heathrow, the town has become a very noisy for commuters.

Also known for being part of the University of London, Egham also includes the Royal Holloway School. The college is made up of three chapters and 18 student organizations. Royal Holloway College (RHC) has about 9000 undergraduate and graduate students coming from all 4 corners of the globe; more than 100 countries to be more accurate. RHC is ranked 12th in the UK, 36th in Europe, and 102nd in the world by the Times Higher Education World University Updates for 2013-14 which puts Royal Holloway in the top 1% in the world.

Egham also boasts of the Great Fosters, a former First Class house located between 50 stunning farms and zoos in Egham known as the hunting grounds of Henry VIII. This beautiful house has a rich history. It had several insights until 1930 when it was purchased and transformed into a very successful hotel. Two of the most recognizable faces known to have lived in the Great Fosters in the past are Charlie Chaplin and Orson Welles.

It is also located in Egham and the oldest art gallery called Tower Garage and the second most famous Ferrari station in the world after Maranello in Italy. Built in 1935 the building was recently listed. The new exhibition was opened by Brazilian driver Fomipe Massa in June 2013.

Notable residents in Egham include Hilda Braid actress, Poet John Denham (Oxford English Dictionary designer) who enjoys writing 17th-century poems about the place, Frederick James Furnivall, and Oligarch Boris Berezovsky of Russia.