What’s in a Name?

Inspiration comes from history and Aissela is no exception. Taking on the historical namesake of Esher, which reflects the long standing connection to royalty and celebrity enhances the credentials of this new office building. Aissela is a Grade A building that fits into the streetscape of Esher, occupying a prime position in Esher High Street close to the major road junction of the A307 and the A244.

Such hallmarks are positive associations for PMW as Aissela becomes our new home. Due to the imminent redevelopment of Tolworth Tower, we needed to identify another location, suitably destined for similar recognition and longevity to move to which Aissela offers.

Appearing in the Domesday Book of 1086 as Aissela and Aissele, Esher’s former name most likely refers to ‘Ascytel’s’ or ‘Aschil’s lea or meadow.’ From these humble beginnings where the assets included: 14 hides, 6 ploughs and 2 acres of meadow, the town expanded to 2,075 acres by 1841, with a population of 1,261.

By the late thirteenth century Aissela was known as Esher. In the 16th century, KingHenry VIII annexed several of the manors to the Honour of Hampton Court to form a royal hunting ground and new residences were permitted by a number of wealthy courtesans.

Photograph by Dr Ben Brookbank
Esher 1966 Photograph by Dr Ben Brooksbank

Esher’s town slowly grew as a stagecoach stop on the London–Portsmouth road that was later designated as the A3 road, although it was bypassed in the mid-1970s, when it became the A307.

Currently, with a population of 6,743, the historical significance of Esher has now been replaced with an affluent suburban residential and business community that has all the best amenities and cultural pursuits available, as well as easy access to central London, with direct train links to London Waterloo.

Esher resides within the borough of Elmbridge which has been ranked in the Top 10 areas to live in the UK for over 5 years running*. PMW has many clients in this area, which makes it a logical destination for us.






*Halifax Quality of Life Rankings – Top 50 Local Authority Districts in the UK