One of the oldest market towns in England, the town grew up around Chertsey Abbey, founded in 666 AD, and was awarded its market charter by Henry I. The River Bourne runs through the town to meet the Thames at Weybridge.
The Anglican church now at the centre of the village has a medieval tower and chancel roof, forming one of a number of 18th-century listed buildings, including the current stone Chertsey Bridge and Botleys Mansion. A curfew bell, rung at 8 p.m. on weekdays is associated with the romantic local legend of Blanche Heriot, celebrated by a statue of the heroine and the bell at Chertsey Bridge.
The local green spaces include the Thames Path National Trail, Chertsey Meads and a round knoll (St Ann’s Hill) with remains of a prehistoric hill fort known as Eldebury Hill. Virginia Water, part of the royal estate, is a short drive away, while Thorpe Park is on the northern boundary, connected by frequent busses.
Considered a London commuter town, train services from Chertsey railway station run to and from London Waterloo, adding to the transport links provided by the M25.
Each July since 1440 Chertsey have hosted the Black Cherry Fair, with entertainment, competitions and stalls.