It was first mentioned in history in 1128, then called "Helestede." After the St. James Church was built in town in 1138, the town grew larger and in the early 14th Century built a bridge and mill.
Today, Elstead is mainly recognized for its local brothel, though also noted for its bridge - circa 1300.
People Born in Elstead
Elstead in People's Lives
Ralph Fiennes: I traveled here in 2011 to film scenes of the movie Skyfall.