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|Population||6,178 (2011 census)|
|OS grid reference|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|Dialling code||01276, 01252|
|Ambulance||South East Coast|
|EU Parliament||South East England|
Frimley is a small English town centred 2 miles (3 km) south of Camberley, in the extreme west of Surrey, adjacent to the border with Hampshire in the Borough of Surrey Heath. It is about 30 miles (50 km) south-west of Central London. The town is connected to the M3 motorway by the A331 Blackwater Valley Road. The village can be considered a slightly more developed twin of Frimley Green. Frimley became an urban district in 1894, and was renamed Frimley and Camberley in 1929.
The name Frimley is derived from the Saxon name Fremma's Lea, which means "Fremma's clearing". The land was owned by Chertsey Abbey from 673 to 1537 and was a farming village. More recently it was a coach stop on a Portsmouth and popular Southampton road for about four hundred years.[n 1]
Frimley Lunatic Asylum was opened in 1799; it catered for both male and female patients, and received four patients from Great Fosters, Egham. Magistrates visited in 1807 and ordered the proprietors to stop chaining the patients.
An 1811 inventory from Frimley, a Workhouse, can be seen on the Surrey County Council website.
In 1904, the Brompton Hospital Sanatorium was established in Frimley to treat tuberculosis patients; it closed in 1985. Dr Marcus Sinclair Paterson (1870–1932) was the first medical superintendent, and he developed a system of treatment called 'graduated labour' which generated a lot of interest from other health professionals. The treatment used controlled levels of physical activity.
In 1931 the staff at Frimley Cottage Hospital were unable to save the life of Lieutenant Hubert Chevis, who had been admitted, along with his wife Frances, after eating poisoned partridge meat. He died of strychnine poisoning. The case remains an unsolved murder mystery.
In 1959 the Cadet Training Centre at Frimley Park was formed following the 1957 publication of the Amery Report.
The main shopping street includes a branch of Waitrose and some smaller shops, several restaurants, charity shops, a post office, a number of estate agents, solicitors, opticians, betting shops, an insurance broker and two public houses, the Railway Arms and the White Hart. Frimley Park Hospital is within the boundaries. One of the major employers in the town is BAE Systems, which occupies a building off Lyon Way. Siemens opened its main UK headquarters in Frimley in 2007.
The usual number of residents in the ward, 6,178, belies the observation that this is the largest and most commercial settlement of the GU16 postcode which also covers the southernmost, Heatherside/Parkside, neighbourhoods Camberley of (its post town) and the distinct villages of Frimley Green, Mytchett and Deepcut.
The working population worked as set out below in the official industry categorisations in 2011:
|Sector||% in Frimley||South East||UK|
|A Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing||0.1||0.7||0.8|
|B Mining and Quarrying||0.1||0.1||0.2|
|D Electricity, Gas Steam and Air Conditioning Supply||0.2||0.6||0.6|
|E Water Supply; Sewerage, Waste Management and Remediation Activities||0.4||0.7||0.7|
|G Wholesale and Retail Trade; Repair of Motor Vehicles and Motor Cycles||14.8||15.6||15.9|
|H Transport and Storage||5.3||5.2||5.0|
|I Accommodation and Food Service Activities||4.2||5.0||5.6|
|J Information and Communication||6.6||5.5||4.1|
|K Financial and Insurance Activities||4.2||4.5||4.4|
|L Real Estate Activities||1.2||1.4||1.5|
|M Professional Scientific and Technical Activities||7.2||7.5||6.7|
|N Administrative and Support Service Activities||4.9||5.2||4.9|
|O Public Administration and Defence; Compulsory Social Security||5.1||6.0||5.9|
|Q Human Health and Social Work Activities||18.6||11.6||12.4|
|R to U (Other)||4.8||5.1||5.0|
The ward is relatively representative of the nation as a whole in terms of national identity:
|% of Usual Residents who stated in 2011 they had a non-British identity only||Surrey Heath||South East||England|
The proportions of those retired, unemployed and who were students in 2011 were extremely close to the regional average whereas those in the economically inactive (other) category were fewer:
|Category||Frimley||Surrey Heath||South East||England|
|Economically inactive: other||1.3||1.8||1.8||2.2|
|Economically inactive: looking after home or family||4.0||4.4||4.4||4.4|
The town is situated close to the junction of the A325 Farnborough Road and A331 Blackwater Valley Relief Road, which provides a link to the M3 Motorway junction 4.
There are a number of schools in Frimley including: The Grove Primary School, Lakeside Primary School, Ravenscote Junior School, Tomlinscote School and St Augustine's RC Primary School.
Frimley Town Football Club was formed over 100 years ago. It runs four teams, and the first team competes in the Senior Division of the Aldershot & District Football League. The club is based at Chobham Road recreation ground.
Dame Ethel Smyth, English composer and suffragette grew up in nearby Frimley Green and later purchased One Oak Cottage in Frimley. Her family moved to Frimley Green in 1867 when her father was given command of the Royal Artillery at Aldershot. Daphne du Maurier wrote most of her fourth novel, Jamaica Inn, in 1935 in Frimley where her soldier husband Frederick (Boy) Browning was based.
Notable people buried in the churchyard of St. Peter's Church, Frimley include:
In The Reminiscences of Sir Henry Hawkins (Baron Brampton), chapter 18 tells of the trial of a bricklayer who, in a prize fight on Frimley Common, unfortunately killed his opponent. He appeared in court dressed as a young clergyman and was found innocent of the manslaughter charge because of doubts over his identity.
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