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Borough of Runnymede
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Ottershaw is a village in the Runnymede district of Surrey, England about 20 miles to the south-west of London. It is in the mixed rural and suburban Foxhills ward and is part of the ecclesiastical parish of Ottershaw first established as a chapelry in 1865 in what was part of the parish of Addlestone, itself then a new parish. It became a parish in its own right in 1871.
Immediately surrounding settlements are West Byfleet, Woodham, Addlestone and Chertsey.
A significant landmark is Christ Church. Sir Edward Colebrooke (1813–90), who bought the Ottershaw Park estate in 1859, built the church on his estate as a memorial to his deceased son and heir. From its consecration in 1864, it was opened to the local community for worship.
There is a junior school linked to this church. A boarding school for boys, Ottershaw School, was founded in 1948 in Ottershaw Park; it closed in 1980. The school buildings were converted for residential use.
The Ottershaw Society has carried out a comprehensive historical survey of the village that records the current village and its historical background. It is illustrated with over 1,000 photographs of the village as it is now and many historical illustrations from the mid-19th century to the present time, and includes older residents' memories and various other historical written material.
Foxhills Golf Club is in Ottershaw. The village has two pubs: the Otter, which has a restaurant, and the Castle in Brox Road. It also has an Indian restaurant, the Otters Spicy Cottage.Oliver James, musician and actor, was born in 1980 in Ottershaw.
John Romer, Egyptologist and historian, was born and educated in Ottershaw.
Hannah Russell, British Paralympic swimmer, was born in Chertsey and lives in Ottershaw. At the 2012 Summer Paralympic Games she won silver in the S12 400m freestyle, and bronze in the 100m butterfly – setting a new British record, and bronze in the 100m backstroke.
Robert Sewell, Attorney General of Jamaica and British MP, was born at Ottershaw Park.
In the book The War of the Worlds by H G Wells, the fictional narrator is invited to an observatory in Ottershaw.