The Brooklands site was created out of 330 acres of farm and woodland, marshy in places due to the river, from the original Brooklands estate, recently inherited by its creator, Hugh Locke King. The circuit was laid out as an oval on a SW - NE alignment, with the northern curve (Members Banking) of a tighter radius than the southern curve (Byfleet Banking), which had a 3,000 feet diameter. The northern side was placed alongside half a mile of the London to Southampton Railway (the present day track that heads NE from Byfleet and New Haw railway station). Inside the northern curve was a hill. Running roughly N to S, the river bisected the oval such that one third of the interior was on its east bank, and the rest on the west.
River Wey bridges & bridge views
The bridges over the River Wey as it passes through the Brooklands site are (from north to south):
Around the area where it enters the site, there are:
- 51.356802°N 0.467378°W - an outer footbridge, parallel to the railway viaduct
- 51.356715°N 0.46723°W - the Seven Arches railway viaduct
- 51.3564°N 0.466726°W - the point where the track used to bridge the river as part of Members' Banking, the northern curve of the oval, but which was dismantled during WWII
- 51.356266°N 0.466573°W - an inner footbridge, which parallels the inside of Members' Banking
Moving south, there are two further bridges in the northern quarter of the river:
- 51.354815°N 0.466163°W - a road bridge linking Brooklands Drive with the museum, and formerly an aircraft taxi route linking the north end of the runway with the north end of the west aircraft hangars and factories
- 51.353506°N 0.46561°W - a former WWII Bailey bridge now used as the pedestrian access from the museum car park into the museum's main (west) entrance
The only other bridges across the river are all in the southern third of its course through the site:
- 51.349398°N 0.466737°W - a road bridge which formerly carried the inner section of the Campbell Circuit
- 51.348289°N 0.46748°W - the Wellington Way road overpass
- 51.346463°N 0.466302°W - Aerodrome Road bridge - the road connected the motor circuit paddock with the flying village, just to the west of the southern track bridge (see next)
- 51.346178°N 0.465771°W - the southern track bridge - it's at this point the river leaves the site, under the bridge which carries the bottom of the straight between The Fork and Byfleet Banking, with the banking of the curve starting immediately to the south
Brooklands Motor Course
Historical motorsport images
Surviving motor course buildings
Aerodrome & aircraft factories
Historical aviation images
Surviving aviation buildings
Surviving World War II defences
London Bus Museum
The Brooklands Spa/Hotel is in the north western edge of the site, bordered by the Railway Straight to the north west, the industrial park to the south west, and Mercedes-Benz World to the east and south. It comprises two wings arranged in a V off a central entrance column 51.353171°N 0.470738°W, with the interior angle facing east, onto Brooklands Drive.
Brooklands Industrial Park & Brooklands Aero Clubhouse
The industrial park occupies most of the western half of the site, extending partially over Railway Straight to the west and Byfleet Banking to the south west and south, and bordered by the Spa/Hotel at its northern tip, and Mercedes-Benz World/Sopwith Drive to the east. Brooklands Aero Clubhouse 51.346383°N 0.473925°W is also within this area, facing Sopwith Drive.
Brooklands Community Park
The community park occupies the SE corner of the site, bordered by Sopwith Drive to the west, Wellington Way to the north west, the River Wey to the north east, and extending across the Byfleet Banking to the south east. Inside the park, the bottom half of the hard runway and associated taxi-way survives.
The Heights business park
The Heights business park now occupies the north eastern portions of the site, bordered by the museum to the north, the River Wey to the west, Wellington Way to the south, and extending east beyond the alignment of the former track - the access roundabout marks the approximate location of the Fork/Vickers, where the eastern straight forked, with the Start/Finish Straight heading NNE (along the alignment of the largest car park), and the outer oval heading NE before curving back west as Members Banking.
- 51.349187°N 0.464886°W - access roundabout
- 51.349948°N 0.465825°W - Building 1
- 51.350866°N 0.465503°W - Building 2
- 51.351757°N 0.465245°W - Building 3
- 51.352822°N 0.464848°W - Building 4
- 51.353258°N 0.462456°W - Building 5
- 51.351938°N 0.461705°W - Proctor & Gamble building
- 51.350102°N 0.462713°W - Sony UK HQ building
The small amount of housing is on the eastern edge. The three cul-de-sacs Davis Road, Dixon Drive and Mays Close are all inside the course. The alignment of Staniland Drive / Connaught Drive follows the line of the former course.