Sunbury Court House is a restored 18th-century mansion, bought by the Salvation Army in 1921.

Its High Council meets in the impressive Victorian conference room to elect new leaders or generals.

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Only the Queen and two livery companies – the Vintners and the Dyers – have the rights to own swans on the Thames, and every July, swan-uppers dressed in uniform travel in flag-bearing skiffs from Sunbury to Abingdon, a journey taking five days.

Messing about on the water is as popular as ever, and some traditions continue. Held every summer since 1876, it’s as much a family event as a competition, with stalls and activities on the lawn, as well as several dozen races. Montford Place development in Sunbury 3" data-medium-file="

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‘It’s at the base of the M3 and properties are cheaper than in Twickenham, St Margaret’s and Hampton.

Sought- after schools include Chennestone and St Ignatius Catholic primaries, and Sunbury Manor secondary (all rated good by Ofsted).Sunbury is cut in half by the M3 and the upper side, towards Feltham, is cheaper.‘One-bed flats in Upper Sunbury start at £150,000, and in Lower Sunbury from £180,000; three-bed 1930s houses are from £300,000 in Upper Sunbury and £400,000 in Lower Sunbury, and you’ll pay £650,000-plus for a roomy house in a prime road, with exceptionally big or historic houses, or those with river frontages, selling for more than £1million.’ Georgian houses are scarce but Savills is currently marketing a real stunner in Thames Street.St Mary’s Church was built in 1752, on the site of a 14th- century church, and the atmos-pheric Magpie and Phoenix pubs both have riverside gardens.Some of the historic country houses still stand, including the 1717-built Orchard House and Monksbridge, dating from 1760 and frequently visited by Edward VIII before he met Wallis Simpson.Manor house Sunbury House was demolished after World War II and its grounds became Sunbury Park, which incorporates a beautiful walled garden.