A selection of the latest articles from Walton Matters.

Happy 175th Birthday to the Christmas Card 1st Dec 1843

John Callcott Horsley, (January 29, 1817 – October 18, 1903, ) was a British narrative painter best known as the designer of the first Christmas card. Created in 1843 for Callcott’s friend Sir Henry Cole.

Ban the Bread

As many of you know there has been a lot of debate about feeding swans and other waterfowl bread Recently, The Queen’s Swan Marker, David Barber, MVO, endorsed by Professor Christopher Perrins of the Edward Grey Institute of Field Ornithology at Oxford University, gave this statement.

Library and High Street C1950

This postcard, dating from just after the Second World War, looks north along Walton High Street, with the Odeon cinema on the right, and the library with its distinctive conical-roofed tower, on the left.

Walton Grove

Until 1973, a large three-storied mansion still stood in The Grove, Walton, between Terrace Road and Carlton Road, on a plot of land surrounded by Grove Crescent.

Use it or lose it – East Molesey local shops report

In the week that Debenhams announces closures I took a walk to my local shops in Walton Road, East Molesey. These shops largely survived the crash of 2008 but ten years on and a number of them are deciding its time to pack up and go.

About Elmbridge Museum

Elmbridge Museum has been running as an outreach museum since 2015. The Museum is now based at the Civic Centre in Esher, from where we continue to provide outreach services.

Molesey WI – Lifesavers

Molesey Matters have always been a big supporter of the Molesey WI. They do fantastic work for the community, and last month I sat down and enjoyed coffee with their President, Miranda Ingold, to hear of their latest project.

The New Zealand Hospital, Mount Felix

At the outbreak of the First World War, Mount Felix house, a mid-19th century Italianate mansion overlooking the Thames by Walton Bridge, was requisitioned by the War Office for the billeting of troops.

The Stink Continued

Having read your recent article in the Molesey Matters magazine I thought you could mention the next stage to the solution. Recently, whilst on a cruise down the Thames with the MTYC, I noticed several large construction sites along the river bank in London When I enquired what they were it seems that this is the upgrade to the sewer system, the scale of which is astounding.

The Swan Hotel

The Swan Hotel in Manor Road stands on a site which has been an inn since at least 1769, although the present building dates from the late 1870s.

The President of the United States – A onetime Walton Resident

Herbert Clark Hoover (August 10, 1874-October 20, 1964), mining engineer, humanitarian, U.S. Secretary of Commerce, and 31st President of the United States, was the son of Jesse Hoover, a blacksmith, and Hulda Minthorn Hoover, a seamstress and recorded minister in the Society of Friends (Quakers).

Ashley Park

Up until the end of the 19th Century and into the early years of the 20th, Walton was surrounded by several country estates including Ashley Park, Mount Felix and Apps Court. Of these, the closest to the town centre was Ashley Park, about 450 acres of land stretching south of the town, centred round an early Jacobean mansion built in the Tudor style.

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Issue 4

In this month’s issue we celebrate the birthday of the first Christmas Card, we also have an update from the ‘Reclaim our Riverbank’ campaign.

Issue 2

This month we look at Turners’ association with Walton Bridge, hear of a US President who was once a resident, and also look at the history of the Swan Hotel.

Issue 1

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