5 things you might not know about Woking

Published 25 April 2017 Updated 3 July 2022

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5 things you might not know about Woking

Most Woking residents will be able to tell you about the origins of The Jam and how Paul Weller wrote “Town Called Malice” about their beloved town (allegedly). They will also tell you about H.G Wells and how he chose Horsell Common for the location of the first Martian landing in his science fiction classic, The War of the Worlds. But here are 5 facts about Woking that might just surprise you.

#1 The Spice Girls rehearsed their dance routines in Knaphill

Spice Girls
“spice girls 026” by Gary Bembridge is licensed under CC BY 2.0

#2 Woking is home to Britain’s first purpose-built Mosque, The Shah Jahan Mosque

#3 Woking is home to the largest cemetery in the United Kingdom, Brookwood Cemetery

Brookwood Cemetry
“Misty Brookwood cemetry” by Ross Huggett is licensed under CC BY 2.0

#4 Matt Willis from the band Busted attended Woking High School

#5 Liam Payne, of One Direction, is rumoured to own a mansion in Woking

Liam Payne
“Liam Payne” by vagueonthehow is licensed under CC BY 2.0

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