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Welcome to Weymede

A private housing estate in Byfleet, Surrey, England.

Weymede is an estate of 141 houses built in the mid 1960s on the border where Byfleet morphs into Weybridge and set in 15 acres of private, fully enclosed landscaped garden featuring a wide variety of mature trees and shrubs. The estate benefits from its own totally private frontage to the river Wey and is perfectly situated for Weybridge or New Haw stations, Mercedes Benz World, Brooklands museum/shopping and fine local schools. The unique environment of Weymede is protected by legal covenants administered by a committee of volunteer residents.

It is, in short, one of Surrey’s best kept secrets

The Concept of Span

“Ever wished you lived somewhere where a sense of community still existed, where kids could play safely outside and neighbours were friends, not strangers? Well, places like this do exist: they’re called SPAN developments.” Grand Designs Magazine - 2005

Span housing was the inspiration of two young men who, during the 1930’s, met as architectural students at the Regent Street Polytechnic, London. Eric Lyons and Geoffrey Townsend both had a keen interest in modern architecture. Townsend set up his architectural practice in Richmond, Surrey in 1937 with Lyons joining him a year later. Their work was interrupted by the Second World War but they rejoined again in 1945 to set up a practice in Hampton Court, Surrey. Their aim was to build modern and imaginative buildings. In 1953 Townsend resigned the practice to set up his own development company to build Span homes.

Span, the organisation formed by the melding of architectural and landscape talents of Lyons and Cunningham and the development capability of Townsend & Bilsby built over 2000 modern homes in London, Kent, Surrey and East Sussex.

The basic tenets of a Span home are in part a reaction against the “mock tudor” so prevalent in post war architecture, part as an illustration that individually designed and affordable homes could be built in the middle ground between large council estates and mansions for the wealthy and to prove that planned estates could be genuine communities.

A typical span house used new construction techniques and featured open plan interiors with large areas of glass and would be integrated into the Cunningham designed landscape where “the architectural quality of the village will be achieved by the close relationship between building and landscape”. This relationship is protected by covenants administered by a committee of management most commonly drawn from volunteer residents.

Eric Lyons & Partners

Eric Lyons - Eric Lyons and Partners 1912-1980


The architectural driving force behind the SPAN movement.


Wikipedia Video Video Modern House

Ivor Cunningham - Eric Lyons and Partners


Factsheet/Obituary
SPAN Developments

Geoffrey Townsend - Joint Managing Director: SPAN


Factsheet/Bio

Leslie Bilsby - Joint Managing Director: SPAN


Factsheet/Bio

Living at Weymede

Span estates were designed to “span the gap between the suburban monotony of the typical ‘spec building’ and the architecturally designed individually built residence” and to “think about a community first, the buildings second and to use the placing of dwellings to shape the communal space”

Architect speak maybe and in most housing built since the 1970’s you would need a very large pinch of salt to believe it. Weymede however in common with most Span estates genuinely does just what is says in the blurb. It shatters the dominance of the road and car and brings the garden closer to each home by “placing landscape first, landscape second and landscape last”.

One of Eric Lyons original intentions was to “engineer a sense of community by forcing people to interact by dint of their environment”. Maybe a little utopian but living at Weymede is quieter, friendlier and a whole lot prettier than most suburban areas.

Restrictions - The Covenants

To maintain what we residents consider to be the unique environment of Weymede, covenants (legally enforceable restrictions) are in place. Purchasing a house on Weymede automatically obliges the buyer in law to observe and abide by these restrictions. The Weymede committee of management is elected each year by the residents and are mandated to enforce the covenants. Weymede is an exceptionally fine place to live but these restrictions mean that it will not be for everyone. Before proceeding with a house purchase you are encouraged to at least download the Resident’s Fact Sheet to the right.

A brief resumé of what you can and cannot do when living at Weymede The full guide to living at Weymede excluding the legal jargon A copy of the Weymede scheme of management

Weymede - News & Events

Weymede has extensive and safe grounds along with our own private riverbank. We use these facilities often for a number of family and community events.

Historical newsletters:

Management Committee

Weymede is owned by it’s residents who, each year at an AGM, elect a small committee of volunteer residents to act as directors and management team for The Weymede Residents Society Ltd.

This small team is mandated by residents to preserve and maintain the development’s grounds and public spaces and to ensure that the restrictions that all residents sign up to when purchasing a Weymede property are observed.

Running a fifty year old 15 acre estate with 141 dwellings, mature trees, extensive lawn and shrubs plus a river can be a tough and often thankless task but the advantages of management by residents as opposed to a corporate entity are abundantly clear in terms of value for money, access for residents when something goes wrong and the quality of the work.

The team and a brief description of the role is shown to the right. Questions and comments are most welcome but as the committee team have families such questions should either be adressed to the relevant email address or via a note through the door.

The team is committed to answering any questions promptly and if necessary we will come to see you.

Chairman & PR:

Mike White. HN71.  chair@weymede.co.uk

PR encompasses website, dissemination of information to residents and the promotion of Weymede to the outside world.

Treasurer:

Hilary Milroy. HN68.   treasurer@weymede.co.uk

Overall responsibility for all matters financial pertaining to Weymede

Secretary:

Serina Smith. HN4.   secretary@weymede.co.uk

Maintenance of company records and compliance with relevant legislation and regulation. Field general queries from residents. Manage agenda/minutes for all meetings committee or general

Gardening & Vice Chair

Ingrid O’Leary. HN120.   gardening@weymede.co.uk

Supervision of the care of 15 acres of private grounds at Weymede.

Administration & Revenue

Alison Jarvis. HN52.   admin@weymede.co.uk

Part of the Secretary role including the tracking of Weymede house values, general committee administration and the management of the estate's revenue via individual householder monthly maintenance contributions.

Estate Maintenance

Roland Atkins. HN93.   maintenance@weymede.co.uk

The general maintenance of the public areas encapsulating road and paths, lighting, plumbing, and electricity. Tendering for and monitoring of services and contractors to ensure best value for residents.

Community affiars

Paul Egginton. HN130.   community@weymede.co.uk

Security of public areas, surveillance of compliance to covenants with regard to parking, signed vehicles, tax discs and waste bins. Collaboration with sub committees over events.

Painting & Window cleaning

Steve Vaughan. HN80.   painting@weymede.co.uk

Management of the yearly repainting cycle.Tendering for and control of contractors and materials, calculation of the discretional painting rebate and communication thereof to the Treasurer for payment.

Read more about Span

Eric Lyons & Span ISBN: 9781859462560

The authoritative guide to the span concept and it’s history. Hardbound with 256 pages and lavishly illustrated it is required reading for any Span enthusiast and will impress under any coffee table.

Get it here:

RIBA website

Spirit of Span Housing ISBN 0-9549822-0-7

Self published by James Strike, a resident of Field End, a Span estate, this little book aims to capture the spirit of the Span movement using as it’s focus the Field End site. It is out of print but is available for the Amazon Kindle.

Get it here:

Amazon website

Other Span estate websites:

Field End, Strawberry Hill, Twickenham: website

Templemere, Weybridge, Surrey: website

Westfield, Ashtead, Surrey: website

New Ash Green, Kent: website

Marsham Lodge, Gerrards Cross: website

The Priory, Blackheath, London: website

Park Gate, Hove, East Sussex: website

Lakeside, Weybridge: website

Selected links:

Pinterest: fabulous image gallery

Wikipedia: website

Span Blackheath: article

Highsett, Cambridge: PDF

Rayners Road, Putney: flickr gallery

Cedar Chase, Taplow: website

BBC at New Ash Green: PDF

The Lane Handbook: PDF

The Guardian: Let’s move to..: article

Span Blackheath: flickr gallery

Wallpaper Magazine: website   website