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For a town that grew from 6000 in 1901 to 39000 by 1949, and now lies in the shadow of Heathrow and the M3, Staines and its neighbourhood still retains some of its historic character.
The church has kept its brick tower of 1631. Church St has several houses of the Georgian period, while the High St enjoys 17th and 18th century houses along with the stately Blue Anchor inn of 1700.
The 1829 bridge with its noble stone arches is by the same Rennie whose fame lies in having designed Waterloo Bridge.
Laleham can claim the great Victorian poet, Matthew Arnold. He was born in a now-demolished house where his famous father, Dr Arnold, tutored before becoming Headmaster of Rugby.
Such an eminent Victorian was a hard act to follow. Matthew managed to become an inspector of schools, as well as producing such enduring poems as ‘The Scholar Gypsy’, ‘The Forsaken Merman’ and the marvellous ‘Dover Beach’ whose last three words form the title of a memorable Hollywood movie.
Matthew was buried in the churchyard of the 12th century All Saints in 1888.
Littleton has a splendid church next to the reservoir: a study in red brick with its early 16th century tower, porch, clerestory windows above its nave - and an 18th century chapel.
Inside is just as good, full of unusual wooden fittings: a medieval locker; pews and choir stalls; rood screen and pulpit. Best of all are the utterly un-English baroque altar rails with their florid Flemish carving.
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