Chertsey Conservation Area (designated in October 1969, extended in November 1987. Reviewed and revised in April 1994)
Chertsey first came to prominence as a religious centre following the founding of Chertsey Abbey. After the dissolution of the monastery Chertsey continued to develop as a prosperous market town. Today the historic town centre forms a 'T' shape with Guildford Street, Windsor Street and London Street and the Chertsey Conservation Area is centred on this junction.
The character of this central area is very much that of a traditional small town with relatively narrow building frontages set hard up against the pavement so that the buildings clearly define the public space. The centre of the town is richly endowed with listed buildings most of which date from the 16th and 17th Centuries.
The area to the north of Windsor Street contains the remains of Chertsey Abbey and its grounds which are a scheduled ancient monument and it is believed that significant archaeological remains survive below ground. Some areas have been investigated and old tile kilns, evidence of lead smelting, and original tile pavements have been revealed.
The town grew up alongside this Abbey as a local agricultural centre. The town also has a long history of metal working and from the 19th century had a famous bell foundry, Eldridge, situated in Windsor Street. Herrings, an Iron Foundry dates to the 19th century and was situated in Gogmore Lane.