Walking in Woking

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Winning Design by Neville Godwin

After months living nearby, at least I got the opportunity to visit Woking. One of many satellite cities for the capital, you can go to Woking from London with SouthWest Train (and sadly nothing else, as both Google Maps and Rome2Rio tell me).

Anyway, why do you need to go to Woking? There are two “main” reasons for me to visit Woking.

  1. HG Wells
  2. Shah Jahan Mosque

And I’ve fulfilled those two reasons, so all’s well in the world.

HG Wells

Do you know HG Wells? If you don’t, I guess it’s better for you to at least try reading some of his writings. His writings are in public domain now, so you can easily read/ download them in Project Gutenberg (or even in Kindle, but I’m not a big fan of Amazon so let me scratch this). The most iconic one, definitely The War of The Worlds (but personally I prefer The Invisible Man myself)

He wrote a lot of his stories when he’s living in Woking. Though he didn’t like his Woking life that much (and had the Martians (not THE Martian) destroying the city in The War of The Worlds), the city ended up famous because of him.

Anyway, this year (2016) marks 150 year after the birth of H.G. Wells, so should be the right time to visit the city. Especially after the publication of this lovely Wells in Woking walking map, guides, whole websites, (seriously I really like the design, kudos for the winner of the design contest).

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Because I want to visit the mosque for Dhuhur, I went in backward

I got to stay with my friends in Old Woking, so I needed to walk for about 30 minutes to Woking, but after reaching Woking Station, Wells Walking Tour was commenced.

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On the way I get to find these interesting cycling tour trail names as well. Seriously, after Mars, Saturn, why suddenly Oberon? Apparently they are parts of the Planet Trail Cycling Routes all around Woking named after Planets and Their Satellites. Also pictured Pandora Trail which I took from Cycle Woking

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I guess if you live in the city you’ll just pass by this, but it is an interesting sculpture though

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You get to see this “alien pod” sculpture nearby

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I really like the winning design, it’s so nice. (Okay, the others are nice too)

I didn’t get to see this one! Sigh! Why didn’t I check Whetherspoon (because I didn’t want to eat inside). It also has a time machine. (celebratewoking.info)

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I guess if I my city has a theme I will make everything follow the theme
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You get to see this mosaic/ mural in underground crossing in Victoria Way. There’s nothing indicating this is underground

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New Wells statue behind The Lightbox. The Lightbox itself is a gallery/ art centre place

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Because I don’t bring any Wells’ book with me, I guess this should be enough. If you’re not really into reminiscing the book, I suggest not to visit if you hate walking, because there is no plaque or anything

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Old Wells’ house. I guess it is pretty interesting to live in a house that has some history, but not too much because visitors are annoying

Shah Jahan Mosque

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Shah Jaha Mosque

This is the first mosque in United Kingdom! Built in 1889! Surely a historical site. It’s actually not that hard to find, and design-wise it’s very pretty. Though it’s pretty small, so it’s actually utilised just for male-praying area. Got confused because I tried to visit during Dhuhur to pray, and spent a few minutes circling around the mosque to find “Ladies Ablution”. Apparently both the ladies ablution area and the ladies praying area are in the white building in the south of the mosque. It’s also housing a lot of administrative working area/ children playing area/ etc.

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Ladies Praying area on the left, ablution on the right

After rounding up in circle around the mosque, apparently ladies praying area is in another building

Woking as an area has a lot of Muslims, signed also by the Peace Garden (which was apparently locked, you said it’s open seven days a week, website!), a Muslim Burial Ground for twenty four Muslim soldiers died during WW I and WW II.

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Burial Ground

If you’re interested in visiting the mosque but not a Muslim (and you feel really shy, it’s alright though, I passed by someone visiting as well), you can also visit during their open house. They have open house every year, for 2017 it’s in 5 February 2017.

Actually there’s also another interesting place to visit, if you’re a history buff (because it’s definitely not people who’re planning to visit because of its current condition). The ruins of Woking Palace is the remains of the home of Lady Margaret Beaufort, mother of King Henry VII.. It’s closer to Old Woking compared to Woking, but if you’re around and interested maybe!

Woking Palace (Wikipedia)

Overall, pretty fruitful visit. If you like science-fiction or a Muslim looking for historical mosque, I recommend visiting!

(Also thanks to celebratewoking and The War of The Worlds Woking  for my Walking in Woking plan)

About Ky

Currently Indonesian university student trying to submit more useful contents to share one's limited knowledge. Rather has wide, shallow interests, the writings will be as sporadic as it can be. Should write more scientific and field related topics, but writing muse says otherwise. Expect more on technical related writings especially softwares and apps, cultures, music, and random things.

Posted on November 6, 2016, in Traveling and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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