Census statistics on Lightwater

Some statistics on Lightwater from the 2011 Census

  1. Population of 6791: males = 3307 [48.7%], females = 3484 {51.3%]
  2. Population density is 16.2 people per hectare
  3. House owner occupation is 86.3%
  4. The proportion of those in ‘Very good health’ is 53%

Table of population age profile

0-4yrs 5.45%
5-15 13.43%
16-17 2.5%
18-24 5.35%
85+ 1.8%
18-64 59.98%
65+ 18.64%

Table of number of vans and cars per household

Qty %

England %

2001 census
No cars or vans 169 6.1 25.8 170
1 car or van 904 32.5 42.2 870
2 cars or vans 1231 44.3 24.7 1294
3 cars or vans 341 12.3 5.5 275
4 cars or vans 133 4.8 1.9 110
Households 2778 2719

The ONS comment on the number of cars and vans in the 2011 census is,

The number of cars and vans available for use by households in England and Wales increased from 23.9 million to 27.3 million between 2001 and 2011. In 2001 there were on average 11 cars per 10 households whereas in 2011 there were 12 cars per 10 households.

The detailed data from the 2011 census for Lightwater shows that it has a far higher % of households with 4 or more cars or vans than England, and has a higher % than that of Surrey Heath with 4.6%. Although Windlesham has a higher proportion at 5.5%, and Chobham even higher at 7.7%.

Statistics on Lightwater from the 2001 census:

  1. Population of 6,961, of which 3,404 were female and 3,287 were male
  2. 88% of all properties were owner occupied
  3. Population density of 16 people per hectare
  4. Out of 354 administrative areas in England, in the index of multiple deprivations, Surrey Heath was 353rd, making it the second least deprived in the whole of England.

Population Age profile in 2001 Census

Aged 0-4 years



Aged 5-15 years



Aged 16-19 years



Aged 20-44 years



Aged 45-64 years



Aged 65 years and over



29 thoughts on “Census statistics on Lightwater

  1. Pingback: Indices of deprivation « Lightwater

  2. Lightwater’s post office. Working in PW school, i clearly remember driving every morning to the post office to pick up the mail for the students and Mrs Savill. I loved these moments especiallly when there was a letter for me!
    It seems so far away…, but it was the only way to stay in touch with my friends anf familly back home.
    I also remember the train station and the train to London with compartements that opened each separately.


  3. I wonder if anyone could help me as i am reserching my family tree. My maiden name was Hammond and i have found the name to be used for, Hammond school and Hammond lakes. I have e mailed the school but did not get a reply I was born in Walton on Thames and my parents still live in the area. We are visiting them this coming weekend and would like to take them to Hammond lakes. My father who is 83 would be delighted to find out more information to help us in our quest. My thanks for your time in reading this e mail any information would be very welcome.


  4. Mrs Catten
    Can’t be of very much help I’m afraid. Land in the area was owned by the Hammond family in the late 1800’s, which is the likely cause of it’s name. A trip to the Surrey Heath Museum could well uncover more detail or the Surrey History Centre in Woking, which has more extensive records.
    Rgds, Tim


  5. Thank you so much for replying to my e mail Tim. I will follow up your suggestions and i hope this will be of help to us. We did visit the village at the weekend with my parents and had a walk by the lake which they both enjoyed. Again thank you so much Ann


  6. Looking at the 1911 census, I see we had the Duchess of Frias living in the Lightwater Road between Primrose Cottage on the Guildford Rd and Lightwater Grange and Farm on Lightwater Road – would this have been Lightwater Manor?

    She fills in the schedule as ‘Marie Boleyn Frias’, born c1869 at Freshwater, IOW. She has 5 or 6 servants and the dwelling has -26- rooms.

    The Enumerator also describes her as ‘Lady Colville’ on his paperwork.

    Cant locate her or the dwelling on the previous 1901 census.

    Wondered if anyone knows anything about her or Lightwater Manor? Doubtless a trip to the Camberley Museum will reveal more detail, but hoping someone may have some local colour.

    I can just about remember Lightwater Grange and some other dwellings mentioned on the north side of the Lightwater road, and the line of magnificent elms that were deliberately felled when building the housing estates and the large flood catchment area…..


  7. Hello Tim!
    I attended Paddock Wood in 1962!
    I´m from Buenos Aires, Argentina.
    Marianne Blanc, who I met at P.W. told me about you.
    I remember so much Bagshot train station, and have wonderful memories if that time in my life.
    Very much remembered these days with all the Royal Wedding going on.
    Would very much appreciate any info you could give me about why the end of P.W.
    Thank you very much!


  8. Wonder, if you can help, we are thinking of moving to Springfield just off Blackstroud lane, are there any known problems with the landfill site situated off there and is the area a nice place to reside?



  9. Hi, I wrote a local history of Lightwater, titled, Lightwater A Village Without A History which I think you would find interesting as it devotes two chapters to the families that lived at Lightwater Manor.

    I have recently had the book reprinted and it is available from Lightwater Library.

    Sally Clark


  10. Thanks Sally – only recently I asked about the book in the Newsagents, and he said he had heard it was to be reprinted.

    I’ll pop in the Library then.

    Kind Regards, LD


  11. I used to enjoy the “open day/fete” at Lightwater Manor once a year up until about 1964 when then or near to then it was sold and developed ! Caught many a nice roach when I had an Aussy schoolmate (ross)who’s pilot dad was renting in the manor house !… fell asleep in a boat early morning fishing there in about 1968….


  12. Hi, I see you asked the same question back in september which I am about to ask about living in lightwater generally. Did you find out anything helpful that you might like to share? I am looking to move around M3. Thanks Dee


  13. Hi Dee, I never got an answer but would say having lived here for 7 months there have been no problems at all. The village is a nice place to live actually and far less busy than Camberley (where I used to be) with no problems from pubs etc. The coffee shop is delightful and Budgens whilst pricey does have some good bargains regularly. Hope things go well for you and you find the right property.



  14. Why i ambleside road so long and straight? this usually means that it is built on something else…. runway (unlikely), railway line, approach to something, field line, etc…. any ideas anyone?


  15. Dont think so …. originally a track (not metalled till the 60’s I recall ?) with generous plots sold during the pre-WW2 influx of ‘settlers’ …

    Check online Old OS Maps for more clues …


  16. Hello – I’ve been thinking about my grandparents recently. They lived at Farthings, The Folly, during the 1950s. I think my great-grandparents lived somewhere on The Folly too……..does anyone know more about it? I remember visiting as a child and know the Claude Duval story. I have a book called Christmas Pantomime by an American writer, Agnes Billane and inscribed to my grandfather, ‘Major Johnston’. The Billanes lived at High Lodge and each year performed a family pantomime. Several in the book have High Lodge as their setting.


  17. I can’t remember, really. The story I was told was that he holed up somewhere in The Folly – would that be ‘The Old House’? The first two scripts in the Agnes Billane book, both of which were based around the time the Billanes lived at High Lodge mention Claude Duval. In her introduction she has some quite extensive detail about Duval. I could try to scan the pages if you were interested. However, it could all have been an invention of my grandfather, who was known to be an imaginative man!


  18. “What’s the Claude Duval story then? I didn’t know that he operated in this area?”

    The JD Wetherspoon (Claude du Vall) in Camberley High Street has the following on their website:

    Camberley was built on Bagshot Heath, once a notorious haunt of highwaymen, in the 17th and 18th centuries. Among them was Claude du Vall, famed for his gallantry and daring.

    One of the most famous highwaymen in Camberley was William Davis, widely known as the ‘Golden Farmer’. He was commemorated by the Golden Farmer pub, a well-known local landmark. Other highwaymen included Thomas Simpson (alias ‘Old Mobb’) and Parson Darby, the highwayman curate of Yateley.


  19. Interesting – if you get time by all means scan in, always like to learn more.

    The Folly is a challenge in terms of research ‘online’ – might have to try the History Centre near Guildford.

    Like the nearby ‘New England’ there’s little detailing the history of the name …. looking at old maps and the Census 1841-1911, there were more dwellings than now … I suspect that when the Army bought the land late 1870s, and drove the Red Rd thru from the Folly to Gordons School, some were lost?

    The Road used to go straight on at todays ‘Folly’ Bend, up the hill behind the newish houses on Lightwater Rd to join the Guildford Road where Turf Hill carpark is today … that land to the north of the still-present track belonged to Lightwater Manor …

    The granite posts numbered BSnnn can still be seen round the Folly on both sides of the Red Road, delineating the Land ownership.


  20. I was interested to hear about your book Sally, My Aunt and Uncle worked at Lightwater Manor and lived the cottage during the 1950’s Mr and Mrs Dudman, I went for a six weeks holiday there in 1952 and have very fond memories; I would love a copy of your book Village without History (I have a photo of my self sat in the lake) and would love to know the history of the place, look forward to hearing from you
    Wendy Niles


  21. Hi Wendy. The book is in the process of being re-printed and copies should be available by Friday 25th October. If you could email me I can arrange to get a copy to you as I am not sure at this point whether Lightwater Newsagents or Lightwater Library are going to hold copies.


  22. David Benbow … Wow there is a name from the distant past. Don’t know whether you remember me…. Nigel Bell. We went to school together. Seem to remember your home was roughly opposite the avenue store. I also recall Ross and Brett McLean. Contact me if you receive this message.


  23. Thank you Sally I have only just checked these posts, hoping the book is available would love a copy


  24. I would love a copy of ” Lightwater – a Village without a History”. Please tell me how I may purchase one. Thank you.


  25. Good evening Pat Marks – Sorry, seem to have missed your comment. The author is Sally Clark, a Windlesham resident. The booklet was for sale at Lightwater Newsagent, not sure if they have any copies remaining. Yhere should be a copy in Lightwater Library, and Camberley Library. Alternatively, a visit to the Heritage Gallery in Camberley’s Mall may well produce a copy for sale, I know they did have stocks of the book. Kindest regards, Tim


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