Carnival Day Update

It feels like summer is finally here! And that means Molesey Carnival on Saturday 8th June. Here is a little update on where we are at .

Inns and Taverns of Walton – The Castle

The Castle, which stood at the top of Church Street opposite the gates of the parish church, was another of Walton’s oldest inns. It is believed to have been established in about 1740, probably in a newly-built building, and was rented by Thomas Cobbett for £12.00 a year.

Messing About on the Water

We are blessed in Walton to be close to water in any direction we turn. But we don’t always know how to make the most of it. So here are a few thoughts.

The Walton Beer Festival 2019

Now in it’s 5th year the popular Walton-on-Thames Beer, Wine & live Music Festival is an annual summer event hosted at the picturesque Walton-on-Thames Cricket Club. A hidden gem of Walton located close to the town centre just behind Homebase.

Real Tennis

Real Tennis, aka “The Sport of Kings”, was the original racquet sport and precursor to the modern game. Its popularity grew quickly among the French nobility.

A Local Murder Mystery? Albert Grayson

Albert Victor Grayson was an English socialist politician of the early 20th century. A Member of Parliament from 1907 to 1910, he is most notable for his sensational by-election victory at Colne Valley in 1907, and for his unexplained disappearance in 1920.

Your school needs you!

I recently started volunteering at Chandlers Field Primary School in West Molesey. The school motto is #yeswecan I spent last Monday morning writing ‘persuasive letters’ with a year 5 class.

Helping the Homeless

Elmbridge Rentstart opened the borough’s first ‘Winter Hub drop-in’ service in Walton on 24 January 2019. The Hub is open to anyone who is homeless, vulnerably housed or sofa-surfing.

Afternoon Tea, A British Tradition

The custom of a meal being taken mid-afternoon was started in the early 19th century by Anna, 7th Duchess of Bedford. She was the wife of Francis Russell, and sister- in- law to the Prime Minister, John Russell.

Apps Court

Three Walton Manors are mentioned in the Domesday Book- Walton-on-Thames, Walton Leigh, and Apps, the latter being about one mile to the north-east of Walton on the road to Molesey.

Mount Felix

This grand Italianate mansion once stood overlooking the Thames by Walton Bridge, with its grounds running alongside the river from the bridge to the Swan Hotel bordered to the south by Manor Road and Bridge Street.

Hersham and Walton Motors (HWM) and the Magnificent Stirling Moss

Hersham and Walton Motors (HWM) is the world’s longest established Aston Martin business (having acquired the franchise in 1951) and is well known as a racing car constructor. As a constructor, it is best known for its involvement in Formula Two from 1950 to 1953 and Formula One in 1954.

Canaletto

In 1747 Samuel Dicker, local landowner and later MP for Plymouth, obtained permission to build a bridge at Walton.

Robert Scott’s Antarctic Adventure

British polar explorer Robert Falcon Scott and a team of four reach the South Pole, only to find that Amundsen has beaten them to it. (17th Jan 1912)