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 Matters Articles
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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 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.
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).
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.
Justice John Bradshaw (1602-1659) was chief judge in the trial of Charles I and pronounced the death sentence on the King.
Think we have had a long hot summer? Be thankful for your flushing toilet and fridge!!
We know this photo of New Zealand Avenue was taken in 1959, because the film being advertised at the Regal cinema on the right, ‘Jet Storm’ starring Richard Attenborough, was released in that year.