Molesey /ˈml.z/ is a suburban district comprising two large villages, East Molesey and West Molesey, on the edge of Greater London. Molesey is located on the southern bank of the River Thames in the northeast of the borough of Elmbridge in Surrey, England, with the post town of East Molesey extending north across the Thames into the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames. Molesey lies between 11.7 and 13.5 miles from Charing Cross and forms part of the capital's contiguous suburbs within the Greater London Urban Area. It has the London dialling code (020), and was from 1839 until 2000 under the jurisdiction of the Metropolitan Police. East and West Molesey share a high street, and there is a second retail and restaurant-lined street (Bridge Road) close to Hampton Court Palace in the eastern part of the district, which is also home to Hampton Court railway station in Transport for London's Zone 6. Molesey Hurst or Hurst Park is a large park by the River Thames in the north of the area, and is home to East Molesey Cricket Club. TheHampton Ferry (London) runs from here to Hampton on the Middlesex bank, from where it is a short walk to the central area ofHampton. There is believed to be a significant settled traveller population in West Molesey and adjacent Hersham which featured in the TV series "My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding". Elmbridge as a whole has also had the equal largest number of illegal traveller sites in Surrey in recent years and the former leader of Elmbridge Council referred to this being a particular problem in Molesey in extensive press coverage of the issue which has become contentious in recent times. In 2013 nearly 80 people signed a petition to Elmbridge Council concerning a traveller camp on land adjacent to Molesham Way while in 2015 the Traveller Movement, a traveller charity, complained about Elmbridge Council to the Equality and Human Rights Commission. West Molesey has some of the most deprived wards in Surrey. For some months in 2015–16 a herd of around 30 unclaimed horses was on land in West Molesey prompting concerns from local residents. Two horses were killed by a van. Trotting carts are a novel and not uncommon sight in Molesey and traveller-style funerals sometimes take place – one was seen in Molesham Way in 2015.

Molesey is divided into three wards of the United Kingdom: Molesey South, East and North. The majority of Molesey's detached properties are in the east, which also contains the highest proportion of apartments of the three wards. Molesey's conservation area is to the south by a corollary channel of the River Mole, known as the River Ember, where successive environment authorities have implemented capacity-adding flood defences following a widespread and costly flood in 1968. Before that time the whole area including expensive areas such as East Molesey flooded badly on a regular basis as they are in part located on the former flood plains of the Thames and the Mole. Even today localised flooding is quite common in times of heavy rain as the water table is almost certainly very high across the whole area. This can even affect commercial areas such as Walton High Street. Molesey can be the subject of flood warnings and there has been extensive flooding of nearby areas in recent wet winters. Some recent development has been very controversial for this and other reasons, including a long running planning row lasting many years over the empty "Jolly Boatman" site opposite Hampton Court Palace which then began to be used by fly-tippers. Molesey Lock is the second lock (and weir) on the River Thames, and marks the furthest point upstream that the influence of the tides on the Thames (regulated by the Thames Barrier atWoolwich) may be registered. The lock is located within 100 metres of Hampton Court Bridge, designed by Edwardian Arts and Craftsarchitect Edwin Lutyens, styles reflected by contemporary properties in the town. Other styles which are prevalent are 1960s red-bricksemi-detached homes and Art Deco/Bauhaus.


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