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Woking

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Borough of Woking
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Woking


Shown within Surrey
Geography
Status:Borough
Region:South East England
Admin. County:Surrey
Area:
- Total
Ranked 287th
63.60 km²
Admin. HQ:Woking
ONS code:43UM
Demographics
Population:
- Total (2003 est.)
- Density
Ranked 250th
89,734
1,411 / km²
Ethnicity:91.3% White
5.8% S.Asian
Politics
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Arms of Woking Borough Council


Woking Borough Council
http://www.woking.gov.uk
Leadership:Leader & Cabinet
Executive: 
MP:Humfrey Malins

Woking is a large town in England, in the west of Surrey. It is about 30 minutes by train from London. Woking was formed around the railway station built there over 150 years ago to act as a junction between trains to the south coast and the necropolis railway to Brookwood Cemetery. Later, Woking was home to the first crematorium in the United Kingdom (St Johns) and the first mosque in the UK (on Oriental Road). It was also the location for Brookwood Cemetery, which was developed by the London Necropolis Company as an overflow burial ground for London's dead.

It is now a dormitory town for commuters into London and Heathrow airport, and gives its name to a local government district with borough status.

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Facilities

Woking has a modern shopping centre called The Peacocks, linked to an older shopping area called Wolseley Place.

The main road for evening entertainment is Chertsey Road which boasts a number of bars and restaurants.

There is a cinema and theatre within The Peacocks complex.

Woking has a leisure centre and indoor leisure pool, on the outskirts of town within Woking Park.

Politics

Politically, Woking is thought of as a traditional "Conservative" constituency and is felt to be a Safe Seat. The current Member of Parliament for Woking is Humfrey Malins.

Transport

Woking is served by Woking railway station, situated on the Portsmouth Direct Line (which runs from London to Portsmouth) and the South Western Main Line (London to Weymouth).

The Basingstoke Canal passes through Woking.

Sport

Woking has a non-league football club Woking F.C., known as the "Cardinals" (or "Cards").

Woking is the home of the McLaren Formula One team.

Noteable residents

Wokign was home to author H.G. Wells, who had the Martians in The War of the Worlds land in the town. There is a statue of a (Wellsian) Martian in the town centre.

Dame Ethel Smyth also lived in the town at one time.

Celebrity chef Delia Smith was born in Woking in 1941, singer/songwriter Paul Weller (of The Jam and The Style Council) in 1958.

External links

  • Woking FC (http://www.wokingfc.co.uk/)
  • Woking (http://www.surrey-online.co.uk/towns/Woking/)


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