Walton-on-Thames was also identified by William Camden as the place where Caesar forded the Thames on his second invasion of Britain. However according to Elmbridge Museum, there is no evidence to support this.
Walton-on-Thames appears in Domesday Book of 1086 as ‘’Waletone’’. It was held partly by Edward de Sarisber (Salisbury) and partly by Richard de Tonbrige. Its domesday assets were: 6 hides; 1 church (St Mary's), 2 mills worth £1 5s 0d, 1 fishery worth 5s, 14 ploughs, 40 acres of meadow, worth 50 hogs. It rendered £28.
St. Mary's Parish Church is of Saxon origin, with parts dating back to the 12th century. The square flint tower, supported by a 19th century brick buttress, contains a peal of 8 bells, the oldest bearing the date 1606. The royal palace of Oatlands, built by Henry VIII in 1538, was a mile upstream to the west.
During the First World War New Zealand troops were hospitalised in the now demolished Mount Felix House. They are remembered by the street name New Zealand Avenue, the Wellington Pub (formerly The Kiwi) and a small memorial in the Homebase car park.
Hersham and Walton Motors (HWM), now an Aston Martin dealer, constructed its own racing car in the early 1950s. Stirling Moss won his first Formula One Grand Prix in an HWM. In addition, HWM was the world's first Aston Martin dealership.
There have been five bridges on the site so far and plans are advanced for the sixth. Prior to the first bridge there was a ferry which goes back to, at least, the 15th century.
The first bridge, constructed between 1748 and 1750, was a timber structure that stood until 1783. Canaletto painted a picture of this bridge in 1754. The painting, which shows the rococo-style of this bridge, may be seen in Dulwich Picture Gallery.
The second bridge was constructed in 1788 and stood until 1859. Constructed of brick and stone, it lasted much longer that its predecessor. This bridge was painted by Turner in 1805 following his sketching tour of the river Thames and Wey at that time.
After the second bridge collapsed a ferry crossing resumed until the construction of the third bridge in 1864. This was a girder bridge on stone piers. At the same time, a brick viaduct was constructed to span the flood plain to the south of the river. As of 2006 the viaduct is still standing.
The third bridge was damaged during the Second World War in 1940 leading to a permanent weight restriction. To alleviate this a fourth temporary bridge was constructed in 1953 on the downstream side of the old bridge which was relegated to use by cyclists and pedestrians. It was finally demolished in 1985.
The fourth bridge was constructed from prefabricated bailey bridge style components that were probably war surplus. In 1999, the fourth bridge was replaced by yet another temporary, fifth bridge occupying the line of the original bridges. This initially had several problems and had to be resurfaced a number of times causing huge traffic disruptions. The fourth bridge was relegated to use by cyclists and pedestrians once the fifth was completed.
The Walton South and Oatlands division on the County Council, which includes parts of the town centre, is Conservative held, currently by the leader of Elmbridge Council. The Walton division on Surrey County Council is represented by a Walton Society councillor.
From the 1950s to the late 1990s, the Labour party had a number of local councillors, and held the Walton on Thames County Council division from 1981 to 1997. The Walton Society, founded 1975, entered local politics in 1980, and has held as many as 9 seats in all the Walton wards, but has now declined to 2 seats in Central ward. In 2005 the Society narrowly gained the County seat which is next contested in 2009.
Mick Hucknall from "Simply Red" currently lives there.
Amanda Dowler, murder victim, was born in the town in 1988 and was still living there when last seen alive on 21 March 2002. Her body was found some 30 miles away in Hampshire six months later. To date, the case is still being investigated - with fresh new leads developing after a recent Crimewatch UK appeal.
On May 23rd 2008 a fire broke out which destroyed the entire top floor the flats above the furniture store opposite St.Mary's Church.
Elmbridge Leisure Centre is situated to the east of the town near the River Thames. The centre includes two swimming pools, an extensive gym, indoor courts and a climbing wall.
Walton is situated between Sunbury Lock and Shepperton Lock on a stretch of the Thames that includes a loop around Desborough Island. This offers extensive opportunities for water based sports including rowing, canoeing, kayaking, skiffing, punting and sailing. Walton Rowing Club and Thames Valley Skiff Club are situated on the river towpath between the town centre and the Leisure Centre.
Walton Athletics Club was founded in 1942 and is based at the Stompond Lane Sports Ground. The club has around 200 members ranging in age from 9 years to 60+ years old. Walton AC provides qualified coaching in all athletics disciplines and participates in a number of different leagues to provide appropriate competition for all age groups in Track and Field, Cross Country, Road Running and Sport Hall Athletics.
Walton & Hersham F.C. are a football club who are currently spending the 2007-8 season in the Isthmian League Division One South. Nicknamed the Swans, they play at Stompond Lane, Walton-on-Thames. The club play in an all-red home kit and a white away kit. In 1975, they achieved a shock 4-0 win over Brian Clough's Brighton Hove Albion (then a Football League Third Division side) in the FA Cup.
Walton Casuals F.C. are a football club who are currently spending the 2007-08 season in the Isthmian League Division One South, in the same league as their neighbours Walton & Hersham F.C. Nicknamed the Stags, they play their games at the Franklyn Road Sports Ground just off Waterside Drive and adjacent to the new Elmbridge Xcel Leisure Centre. The club play in a tangerine and black home kit and a change kit of claret and blue.
Crimewatch reconstruction is the main hope in Amanda inquiry; MISSING PERSON: Police detectives and forensic officers comb Walton-on-Thames home in search of leads to Amanda Dowler's disappearance.(News)
Mar 29, 2002; BAFFLED by the disappearance of schoolgirl Amanda Dowler, police were last night pinning their hopes on a Crimewatch...
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