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10 Facts About Chessington
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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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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