Frimley is a small town in the Borough of Surrey Heath in Surrey, England, approximately southwest of central London. The town is of Saxon origin, although it is not listed in Domesday Book of 1086.
Train services to Frimley, are operated by South Western Railway.


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.
dated 1675
Frimley was not listed in Domesday Book of 1086, but is shown on the map as
Fremely'', its spelling in 933 AD.
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.
The present St. Peter's Church was built in 1826 replacing earlier buildings. The building has a balcony running around three sides of the interior. Dame Ethel Smyth once preached from the pulpit.
In 1904, the Brompton Hospital Sanatorium was established in Frimley to treat tuberculosis patients; it closed in 1985. Dr Marcus Sinclair Paterson 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.
Frimley Business Park is to the west on a north-south road, the A331. It has offices of the Environment Agency, Genesys Telecommunications, AMD and Novartis Pharmaceuticals.


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 and the distinct villages of Frimley Green, Mytchett and Deepcut.

Industries of Work

The working population worked as set out below in the official industry categorisations in 2011:
Sector% in FrimleySouth EastUK
A Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing0.10.70.8
B Mining and Quarrying0.10.10.2
C Manufacturing7.07.28.8
D Electricity, Gas Steam and Air Conditioning Supply0.20.60.6
E Water Supply; Sewerage, Waste Management and Remediation Activities0.40.70.7
F Construction7.28.07.7
G Wholesale and Retail Trade; Repair of Motor Vehicles and Motor Cycles14.815.615.9
H Transport and Storage5.35.25.0
I Accommodation and Food Service Activities4.25.05.6
J Information and Communication6.65.54.1
K Financial and Insurance Activities4.24.54.4
L Real Estate Activities1.21.41.5
M Professional Scientific and Technical Activities7.27.56.7
N Administrative and Support Service Activities4.95.24.9
O Public Administration and Defence; Compulsory Social Security5.16.05.9
P Education8.110.19.9
Q Human Health and Social Work Activities18.611.612.4
R to U


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 onlySurrey HeathSouth EastEngland

Economic Status

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 category were fewer:
CategoryFrimleySurrey HeathSouth EastEngland
Full-time Student3.
Economically inactive: other1.
Economically inactive: looking after home or family4.

Those who replied that again there were no people in the household with English as their main language formed a proportion of the population 0.1% less than the national average.



provides access to Guildford, Ascot and London Waterloo. Frimley Lodge Park Railway is also nearby.
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.
Frimley Green, a neighbouring village, has hosted the British Darts Organisation's World Professional Darts Championship since 1986 each January in the Lakeside complex.

Famous people


wrote most of her fourth novel, Jamaica Inn, in 1935 in Frimley where her soldier husband Frederick Browning was based.
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.


Notable people buried in the churchyard of St. Peter's Church, Frimley include:
In one of the Just William books by Richmal Crompton, William visits an aunt in Frimley for a few days.
Charles Kingsley refers to "a series of letters on the Frimley murder" in his Alton Locke, Tailor and Poet.
There is a brief mention of Frimley in Stephen King's Nightmares & Dreamscapes in the short story Crouch End. It reads: 'He did indeed move into council housing, a two-above-the-shops in Frimley'.
In The Reminiscences of Sir Henry Hawkins , 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.