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MrRobin
18th September 2007, 14:01
Probably going to be moving house fairly soon to somewhere within the London commuter belt. Woking is coming up trumps in our initial selections because of train links, modest house prices and a decent selection of local hospitals for the missus to work in.

Does / has anyone live(d) in Woking? Any recommendations on the different neighbourhoods?

Ta.

MickeyP
18th September 2007, 14:10
Guildford.

vetran
18th September 2007, 14:21
Jacobswell, Stoughton,Send used to be nice, proper contractor areas with big houses!

hyperD
18th September 2007, 14:30
I live around the area.

Some nice places are W. Byfleet, Woodham, St George's Hill (Cliffy R woohoo!) Horsell, Pyrford, Ripley (Eric Clapton, woohoo!)

Places to avoid are:

New Haw: teenage chav scum
Addlestone: chav scum
Byfleet: nice pub but infected with chav scum
Send/Send Marsh: a bit "Stepford Wives"

Woking: "You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy. We must be cautious"

DBA_bloke
18th September 2007, 14:34
Woking - dunno what happened to it, as I think it was once a nice place, but it's a minging bumhole of a dive, now, IMHO.

Chugnut
18th September 2007, 14:56
St George's Hill (Cliffy R woohoo!) Horsell

St George's Hill (Jensen Button woohoo!) - you need to be *seriously* minted to afford here. Check Google maps satellite view - mansions a go go.

Horsell - (Richard Burton / Martians woohoo!)

wendigo100
18th September 2007, 15:01
St George's Hill (Jensen Button woohoo!) - you need to be *seriously* minted to afford here. Check Google maps satellite view - mansions a go go.

Horsell - (Richard Burton / Martians woohoo!)Martians?

hyperD
18th September 2007, 15:06
Martians?

In the First World War, and for the first time in the history of man, nations combined to fight against nations using the crude weapons of those days. The Second World War involved every continent on the globe, and men turned to science for new devices of warfare, which reached an unparalleled peak in their capacity for destruction. And now, fought with the terrible weapons of super-science, menacing all mankind and every creature on the Earth comes the War of the Worlds.

MrRobin
18th September 2007, 15:07
Cheers. Horsell looks alright, as does Knaphill. Other areas mentioned are more Guilford way but perhaps will check them out too. Perhaps I'll give the £1M+ celeb mansions a miss for the moment :laugh

I think the martian reference is to do with War of the Worlds? They first landed in Woking!

MrRobin
18th September 2007, 15:10
They even have a Wellsian martian sculpture (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:Woking_tripod.JPG). Oh dear!

Concerned you think it's a reeking hole, DBA Bloke, care to elaborate?

Jefferson
18th September 2007, 15:52
Cheers. Horsell looks alright, as does Knaphill. Other areas mentioned are more Guilford way but perhaps will check them out too. Perhaps I'll give the £1M+ celeb mansions a miss for the moment :laugh

I think the martian reference is to do with War of the Worlds? They first landed in Woking!

£1M+ mansions?
There's no mansions for £1M round Guildford way.

Moscow Mule
18th September 2007, 15:54
I grew up in Knaphill, and would never go back. Used to be a nice little village with a couple of butchers, greengrocers and several good pubs. Now it's all take-aways and estate agents, a soul-less shithole of a place.

Woking has several satellite villages, each with their own character, some more salubrious than others, but anywhere you go you'll either need to drive to the Station (parking is v.limited) or catch a bus, adding about an hour to your commute each day.

A few years a go, Woking town-centre on a Saturday night resembled 1980s Beirut - not sure if it's improved any since then.

All in all, I'd say Guildford has more to recommend it, but it is a proper student town now so it may have gone down-hill too.

DBA_bloke
18th September 2007, 16:00
They even have a Wellsian martian sculpture (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:Woking_tripod.JPG). Oh dear!

Concerned you think it's a reeking hole, DBA Bloke, care to elaborate?

Wandered around Woking (saw the Martian sculpture - the ONLY mildly interesting thing there) about 2 years back; was there to attend an interview, and thought I'd get there nice-n-early to take in the "splendours" of H. G. Wells' adopted town... a mistake I regret to this day.

What a place! I suspect that the Martians have invaded Woking, because the folk I saw milling about didn't look very human to me. But then I live in a nicer part of Oxfordshire, well away from riff-raff like Woking's low inhabitants, and work in a quaint town. So I'm a right snob.

I turned down the gig, solely because of Woking being a bog.

hyperD
18th September 2007, 16:01
For Knaphill, see Send/Addlestone

I'm afraid it's like any town with a council that's had the threat of their budget hit unless they build 1m council houses for liebour voters.

Even in the 6 years since I've lived in the area (I don't live in Woking but around 5 miles from it in a nice village) it's gone downhill like a lot of places. But you should hear the neighbours saying about Woking: "...doley tramps with stamps pushing prams with illegitimate kids and stella..."

Eventually, I'm off to the fair land of Eastern Europe like that milanbenes bloke... this country really is turning into a 3rd world shithole....

hyperD
18th September 2007, 16:09
Used to be a nice little village with a couple of butchers, greengrocers and several good pubs.

Graham Turners, butchers, Horsell. Last bastion of hormone free, 21+ days matured, decent service, cheaper than thin grey bits of "organic" Chavsco chicken, meat.

Chicken tastes like, well, really so tasty you don't need to add a "I feel like Chicken Tonight" aspartamed, carcinogenic, "Sunset Red™" saturated smothering of artificial flavours on it.

Bagpuss
18th September 2007, 17:04
I went to woking once 10 years ago. I can't remember one thing about it.

I do remember someone I worked with (at that time) lived there in a rented house. One middle of the night they were woken (or should that be wokin') by a kerfuffle outside, 3 masked men with baseball bats were bundling their bloody next door neighbour into a car.

hmmm, i hear it's gone down hill since then:laugh

Troll
18th September 2007, 18:14
Probably going to be moving house fairly soon
Moving from where?

Moscow Mule
18th September 2007, 19:34
I went to woking once 10 years ago. I can't remember one thing about it.

I do remember someone I worked with (at that time) lived there in a rented house. One middle of the night they were woken (or should that be wokin') by a kerfuffle outside, 3 masked men with baseball bats were bundling their bloody next door neighbour into a car.

hmmm, i hear it's gone down hill since then:laugh

As a PFY I used to deliver pizzas on a moped, prefered not to go to Sheerwater after being attacked in the street with a baseball bat. Stupid twat didn't wait until I was off the bike though, so I just rode off.

MrRobin
18th September 2007, 20:22
Bugger! It's getting worse by the minute! Perhaps I should scrub Woking from the list then... As mentioned, one of the big factors was the fast train links to the city and if, as someone mentioned, there is no/little parking and the busses are w@nk then it is not even worth persuing further...

St. Albans was the next one down on the list... perhaps I'll turn my attention there now.

Oh, I am moving from North Somerset. Grew up in Croydon though so have already experienced a sprawling chavtropolis

Moscow Mule
18th September 2007, 20:57
no/little parking and the busses are w@nk


I may have been a little pessimistic over the parking (http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?hl=en&safe=off&q=woking+&oe=UTF-8&ie=UTF8&ll=51.318537,-0.555571&spn=0.003641,0.007821&t=h&z=17&om=1) looks like there's a fair bit. No idea what time of day google got that picture though.

Busses are a ball-ache though

sasguru
18th September 2007, 21:25
Bugger! It's getting worse by the minute! Perhaps I should scrub Woking from the list then... As mentioned, one of the big factors was the fast train links to the city and if, as someone mentioned, there is no/little parking and the busses are w@nk then it is not even worth persuing further...

St. Albans was the next one down on the list... perhaps I'll turn my attention there now.

Oh, I am moving from North Somerset. Grew up in Croydon though so have already experienced a sprawling chavtropolis

Mr. Robin, try Guildford too. It's a quaint town with some great countryside around and only 35 mins from London. St. Albans is a good bet as well, not sure about house prices - probably similar to Guildford.

DBA_bloke
19th September 2007, 09:20
Mr. Robin, try Guildford too. It's a quaint town with some great countryside around and only 35 mins from London. St. Albans is a good bet as well, not sure about house prices - probably similar to Guildford.

St. Albans: Nice place, but property is very expensive. I think a bit too expensive, as though St A is decent enough, it's not that bloomin' great. Also, it's one of those places that, unless you fancy travelling via London on the train every time, is a bit tricky to get to other places from.

Watch out (seriously) for flooding in some parts of St A, if you do think of moving there.