A selection of the latest articles from Walton Matters.

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)

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.

Elm Grove, Walton by John C Pulford

Of all the significant country estates that once bordered the town of Walton, namely Ashley Park, Mount Felix, Apps Court, The Grove and Elm Grove, the only surviving estate mansion is the classical red-brick Georgian house still known as Elm Grove.

JMW Turner and Walton Bridge

The artist’s Walton Bridges, an oil on canvas thought to have been painted in 1806, is at risk of leaving the UK unless a buyer can be found, after it was sold at auction in July for £3.4 million.

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Issue 7

Here we are in March. Spring is almost upon us. There are two main things to remember this month, and luckily this year they are both on the same date. Firstly do remember that on Sunday 31st March at 1am the clocks go forward one hour signalling the start of British Summer Time (BST). Secondly don’t forget Mother’s Day, same date, Sunday 31st.

Issue 6

In this issue, local historian John Pulford tells us more of Mount Felix, and we also hear of Canaletto’s beautiful painting of Walton Bridge.We take a peek behind the history of HWM, Walton’s purveyors of Aston Martin , and we also take a look at a true Walton film star, Julie Andrews.

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.

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