10 Facts About Chessington


Chessington is an area in the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames within Greater London.

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Chessington appears in the Domesday Book as Cisedune and Cisendone.

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Chessington Zoo became part of the Tussauds Group in 1978 and is operated as a theme park.

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Chessington Hall has a place in 18th-century literary history, as home of Samuel Crisp, a failed playwright and close friend of Fanny Burney.

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Former RAF Chessington Hospital, demolished in the 1990s, first opened as RAF Hook around 1938 as a regional barrage balloon depot and was operated by RAF Balloon Command.

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Chessington offers a range of countryside activities with many open spaces including the "Chessington Countryside Walk" in the London Green Belt.

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Chessington is home to Chessington Cricket Club, founded in 1919, play on the Sir Francis Barker recreation ground on Leatherhead Road, the 1st XI currently play in Division 1 of The Surrey Championship.

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The line was originally intended to split at Motspur Park, pass through Chessington and proceed on to Leatherhead, but construction was halted at Chessington South in 1940 as World War II began, and it was then the Green Belt with Ashtead Common's 200+ year protection order that stopped it from continuing.

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Line past Chessington South has fallen into heavy disrepair and leads over a concrete bridge into a patch of full-grown trees.

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Chessington is about four miles from junction 9 of the M25 motorway.

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