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Welcome to this community site about the Wey Valley. With over 300,000 words and more than 2,000 images, the site is maintained by volunteers who have tried to give you a great introduction to this beautiful and historic valley.
History, nature and the people of the Wey with a chance to explore surrounding historic places - Alton, Haslemere, Farnham, Godalming, Guildford, Woking, Ripley, Byfleet, New Haw and Weybridge. You'll find it all here.
The ultimate in canal travel?
There were more watermills per mile along the River Wey than anywhere else in Britain when this method of powering machinery was at its zenith in Britain. In the centuries before flour production became centralised, virtually every parish would have a mill to where the local farmers brought their corn.
Here are some political facts:
The downside however is that almost 1,900 children in the borough are living in low-income households and one in five adults is obese, one in seven binge drink and one in six smoke. Source: Surrey Advertiser 10th July 2009
"With a dire shortage of affordable housing in rural communities, young families are finding it harder and harder to stay in the village where they grew up, or have family and friends," said Simon Nunn, National Housing Federation South Region. "As they are priced out of their local community, and the proportion of the economically active residents dwindles, local services such as schools, shops and pubs reached breaking point."
The National Housing Federation represents 1,200 not for profit housing associations in England. Source: Surrey Advertiser 24th July 2009
A Rich Resource
Widely considered to be an area of considerable natural beauty the Wey Valley is often highlighted by the media and travel advisors as a must-see. The Wey Navigations were voted in by the public to be included in the BBC programme Seven Man Made Wonders, celebrating man-made structures constructed before the 1900s, and was shown in the ten-programme series screened in the summer of 2006. The Independent newspaper recently featured the River Wey as one of their ‘50 Best Summer Walks’ and it was rated within their ’10 Best Rivers & Canals’.
Here is the story of those people that lived, worked and even perished in its waters and along its banks. Here also is the beauty of the River Wey unveiled in an infusion of pictures and narrative, bringing to life the diversity of its wildlife and landscapes, its history and heritage, and exposing at its heart why the river and its valley has been the source of such human inspiration that literally changed the course of history.
A Community Site
This web site has been kindly sponsored by the Wey River Freelance Community, the skill and commitment of whose members has made this project possible. Many thanks to them for giving up their time and providing their expertise for free.
Every effort has been made to provide accurate and up-to-date information, but inevitably some errors will have crept in. This is a community site created and provided by volunteers and we welcome any contributions and observations so that over time we can provide a truly comprehensive resource for everyone to enjoy. We hope that the information provided here will not only give casual passers-by somewhere to stop awhile, but will also provide a source for anyone researching the Wey Valley. Please get in touch if you have anything to offer, and especially if you've spotted any factual errors.
We've included a fairly exhaustive list of useful sources to help you on your way if you are here to do some serious research. If you need any help do try us, we might just be able to help. Conversely if you find anything we could feature here please let us know. Your contribution will help others.
Wherever possible we've included map references of key places featured to help locate them when you're out and about. If you need help in deciphering them we've included a help section.
All of the many photographs featured on this site are available for commercial use under licence. We will also consider any non commercial approaches on their merits so please get in touch. Most images are also available at high resolution.
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