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John Tufton and the First Recorded LBW

John Tufton (23 November 1773 – 27 May 1799) was an English cricketer and a Member of Parliament (MP). He was a member of the aristocratic Tufton family that produced the Earls of Thanet and related through his mother to the Sackville family that produced the Dukes of Dorset.

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.

Canaletto

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

Happy Birthday Mr Darwin

Charles Robert Darwin, (12 February 1809 – 19 April 1882) was an English naturalist, geologist and biologist, best known for his contributions to the science of evolution.

May Clark – Star of Silent Films

Between 1900 and 1908, Sunbury born May Clark became a star in many of the earliest silent films that were made at the Walton on Thames studios of the pioneer film maker Cecil Hepworth.

Scams and Safety

It has been quite horrifying to hear so many stories of scams, burglaries and dangerous situations people have found themselves that we feel compelled to share some of them here so that you are aware and can take safety precautions.

Reclaim our Riverbank 2

There was a lot going on behind the scenes on the riverbank over the New Year period, but a disappointing lack of anything to show for it on the front line.

The Three Fishes

This month’s picture shows a group of people in front of the Three Fishes public house in Green Street, c1930. Above their heads a sign proudly advertises the products of the Isleworth Brewery, who had acquired the pub in 1889, but in fact by the time of the photo this brewery had been taken over by Watney Coombe Reid of Mortlake.

Spreading a Little Love & Kindness

Valentine’s Day has, to my mind, become very much a commercial opportunity. Maybe I had too many disappointments when I was a teenager! The postman never seemed to bring me cards and I remember how hurt I felt.

Meet Brown Bag Crisps

When Phil and Viv Lambe heard that they had, in their absence, won Spelthorne’s Best Exporter award they were delighted. They had not been able to attend the event in person because of family commitments.

Daniel Mouawad

Daniel Mouawad has been Chief Executive of Spelthorne Council for over a year now. We thought that, as he has now got his feet under the table and settled into family life in Shepperton, it was time for a coffee with him.

Elite Elton – Keeping the Dream Alive

If you saw the John Lewis Christmas ad this year which featured Elton John, then you would have realised that not all of them were the genuine article. The ad started and ended with the real deal and for that cameo role Elton picked up a cool £5 million.

Cecil Hepworth, Walton’s great film pioneer

We turn the clock back to the 1890s. The film industry was in its infancy, with the Lumière brothers making the first public screening of ‘moving pictures’ in France in 1895. A young man called Cecil Hepworth was working in film processing, and he decided to set up his own film processing company.