In the western limits of Surrey one can find the pristine and idyllic burg of Woking. This beautiful town, in spite of its quaint architecture and generally classic design motifs, is in fact far more populous than many people may be led to believe. Woking incorporates over sixty-two thousand people within its limits and the civil parish neatly adds an additional thirty thousand people to that tally. Woking's sizable population may be surprising until one realizes that the town is a mere twenty-three miles south of downtown London.
Woking was originally known as "Wochingas" as references from the eleventh century point out. In those days the town was under the control of the famed William the Conqueror. Like many other cities that were within the far grasp of London, it wasn't until the advent of the railway that Woking became the town that it is known as today. This railway, built over one hundred and fifty years ago, allowed travelers and tourists the ability to visit the scenic southwest of England during holidays or shuttle straight to London's business district.
Woking's most notable accomplishment of late, however, would no doubt be its valiant effort at pushing forward the green energy movement. The town, for better or worse, is at the forefront of some of the most divisive new technologies in recent years including hydrogen fuel cells and solar heating and has implemented these energy policies into many boroughs and districts. While these ventures have naturally helped to reduce carbon emissions by nearly twenty percent, the town has in fact saved money by implementing these strategies over the traditional electric power grid setup. This exciting development has sent waves throughout the green community and has further bolstered Woking's standing as one of the preeminent environmentally-conscious cities.
All the same, Woking is still home to one of the most environment-flouting organizations of all time: The McClaren Group. This company is responsible for McClaren Racing, McClaren Mercedes and McClaren Automotive. Most of the vehicles in this family are devoted to Formula One racing although the company is also developing a rising number of "supercars" that come ever closer to the land speed record. Raikkonen Robertson Racing, the group formed by a former Ferrari driver, is also based in Woking, further adding to the town's apparent carbon emission duality.
These days, however, Woking is far more likely to attract tourists that care not for either environmental factors or F1 racing. Instead, the average visitor to Woking more than likely is stopping by to partake in the countless shopping centers that dot the town's landscape. The Peacocks, for instance, attracts shoppers from all around London and beyond while Wolsey Place is home to some of the oldest and most cherished shops in all of England. Chertsey Road is also a boon for anybody craving the night life of Woking with countless bars and pubs to be found along the walk. The street is also home to the beloved New Victoria Theatre. While Woking may have much to offer in every genre and realm, fun and entertainment still seem to be its most appealing traits. This, if anything, is evidence that the town is one that follows its own heartbeat.