The historic village of Thorpe is located in Runnymede District Council. It is to the western edge of the M25 motorway with its interchange with the M3 and located between the main towns of Egham, Staines and Chertsey, Chertsey being our closest neighbour. Heathrow Airport is about 10 miles. Other neighbouring settlements include Thorpe Lea/Egham Hythe, Lyne, Virginia Water, Trumpsgreen, Stroude and Longcross.
The village has numerous listed buildings and has a core area which is mainly within the Conservation Area and has a strong residential feel. Historic England site a number of the properties within the village, including St Mary's Church where a place of worship has existed for over 1000 years. Thorpe is also recorded in the Doomsday Book.
Over the years, the village has developed and now has several sub-communities, the key ones being the Village itself focused along the Village Road and the other key area of development being the community to the south of the A320 Chertsey Lane focused between Norlands Lane/Coldharbour Lane and Green Lane. Norlands Lane provides the main connecting road between these the two sub-communities. The village lies within the flood plain of the River Thames. It also has a number of lakes surrounding it, largely arising from gravel and minerals extraction. Despite this, the village has sort to retain its character and protect its natural and developed environment, inspite of threats to the fabric of the village.
Thorpe is part of the Thorpe Ward which forms part of Runnymede District Council. Crucially, Thorpe Village is within the Green Belt and subject to an on-going review with the local authority as its new Local Plan is formed. The current local Plan recognises Thorpe's character.
A number of organisations are within the designated neighbourhood area, including the major tourist attraction of Thorpe Park, a large private school (The American School in Switzland and more widely known as TASIS) is mainly located within the Conservation Area of the village whilst the UK headquarters of CEMEX (a Mexican building materials company) is located within the grounds of the historic Eastley End House, Coldharbour Lane. The Red Lion pub and Thorpe Stores (general store and post office) are located in the Village Road.