Byfleet Heritage Society

People in Byfleet

Byfleet, as befits an ancient Parish, has had a number of very interesting residents over the years. A few of these are listed here and we would welcome suggestions for additions.

Some past residents of the ancient Parish of Byfleet. This is a simple list to start the ball rolling. Please send in names and descriptions.

Harold BarnwellWell known Vickers test pilot. He is buried in St. Mary's churchyard.
Black PrinceHeir to the throne - spent much of time at Byfleet
Robert Bolt & Sarah MilesPlaywright & Actress
Bert DenleyMotor cycle racing star with strong Brooklands connections
Stephen DuckPoet
Sir John Whittaker EllisMP and one time Lord Mayor of London. Lived at Petersham Place, now Lloyds Bank
Sir James FullertonMP. He completed the construction, begun by Anne of Denmark, of ‘a noble house built of brick’.
Duncan HamiltonRacing Driver
Henry VIIIKing! Spent some of his childhood visiting Byfleet
Leslie Hore-BelishaMP & Minister of Transport. Famous for the Belisha Beacon and the introduction of the driving test
Hugh Locke KingOwner of the Brooklands estate. Local benefactor and the builder of the Brooklands race circuit.
Charles Kingsley's widowWidow of the famous author
Buster MerryfieldActor, famous as Uncle Albert in 'Only Fools and Horses'
Jacqueline PearceActress. She stared in Blake's 7 as Servalan. She has a very interesting page on her Blog about growing up in Byfleet.
For an excellent read see:
Sir Giles Gilbert ScottArchitect who lived in the St Georges Hills area and was patron of Byfleet Scouts. He designed Waterloo Bridge and the red post box. He presented to Byfleet Scouts a silver Bugle which they still have today.
Joseph SpencePoet.
Cornelius StoopWealthy Dutch merchant and local benefactor who lived at West Hall. His son Adrian played rugby for Harlequins & England, hence the 'Quins ground is known as The Stoop Memorial Ground
J G Parry Thomas Motor racing star and world speed record holder with strong Brooklands connections. He is buried in St. Mary's churchyard.
Walter George TarrantBuilder of the St. George's Hill, Wentworth and Pyrford Woods estates.
Bert Le VackMotor cycle racing star with strong Brooklands connections. He is buried in St. Mary's churchyard.