Walton on Thames

The centre of Walton on Thames is based on the historic road junction of Church Street and Bridge Street.

Walton-on-Thames, Church Street, 1899 Reproduced courtesy of The Francis Frith Collection

Walton-on-Thames, Church Street, 1899
Reproduced courtesy of The Francis Frith Collection

The area also includes the historic parish church of St. Mary, which dates from the 12th century, and parts of Bridge Street and Thames Street where much small-scale development remains and enhances the local character. Like Thames Ditton, Walton is a riverside settlement that turns its back to the nearby river Thames.

Walton-on-Thames, the Church, 1908 Reproduced courtesy of The Francis Frith Collection

Walton-on-Thames, the Church, 1908
Reproduced courtesy of The Francis Frith Collection

Click here to see the catalogue of the St Mary’s, Walton on Thames, Civil Parish Records (1681-1932) held at the Surrey History Centre.

Between the river and the town centre there are buildings of note including the old Manor House that dates from between 1430 and 1460.

The Manor House of Walton Leigh, photographed in 1859 Photographic Survey and Record of Surrey no. 8508 SHC ref 7828/2/148/12

The Manor House of Walton Leigh, photographed in 1859
Photographic Survey and Record of Surrey no. 8508 SHC ref 7828/2/148/12

John Bradshaw, the Lord President, who was responsible for the trials of King Charles I, at one time occupied it.

Burwood Park, home of Sir John Frederick, by John Hassell, 1823 Surrey History Centre ref. 4348/4/30/4

Burford Park, home of Sir John Frederick, by John Hassell, 1823
Surrey History Centre ref. 4348/4/30/4

The riverside buildings are mostly of the 19th century and River House, the Anglers Public House and the boathouse are familiar landmarks on the Thames. They all contribute to the character of this part of Walton. Thames Cottage has associations with the Walton-Halliford Ferry, which operated between 1700 and 1750.

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  1. Michael Turner says:

    I am tracing my family history and am researching the following property: Belgrave, West Grove, Walton on Thames, latterly known a Belgrave Hospital for Children. My Grandfather was employed there as Head Gardner during World War 2 and up to the closure of the hosital. Do you have any information regarding the owner in the 1940’s who was a Mr Greene.

    Thank you
    Michael Turner

  2. Delia says:

    Where was the first Courts furniture shop located in the 1960s

    1. Shirley says:

      It’s where super drug is now that was in the 1950s

    2. ANNE HITCHCOCK says:

      It was on the corner of Churchfield road and the High Street .

      My wife worked there part time on Saturday to earn pocket money.

    3. Mike Pearsn says:

      Church Street same road as Gridley Miskns the wood merchants

    4. Clive enticknap says:

      I worked for courts and leaned to drive furniture lorry there was a daughter called flipper because she had a limp owner had old rover car

      1. James says:

        Ah – Enticknap – an unusual name! Clive, have you a relation who lived during the 2nd WW at (I think) 21 Rodney Road – one of semi detached Surrey Constabulary houses?

    5. June Byrne says:

      Almost next door to the Methodist Church on the corner of Manor Road and Terrace Road, Opposite St Mary’s Church Cemetery.

  3. Yvonne Tyrrell says:

    How old are the buildings on Church Street

  4. Stephen Margeison says:

    Researching family history come across deepdene bungalows walton on thames.Does anyone know whereabouts this would have been.
    Doesnt exist now.

  5. Dennis R. Hall says:

    Could some kind person tell me the name of a grocery store in the High Street of Walton-on-Thames in the 1960s please? I used to recall it with ease but now it really has slipped my memory for good I fear. I worked there temporarily for two or three weeks driving their delivery van in 1957 and enjoyed it immensely before resuming my language studies. I believe the name may have begun with the letter « G » but this is merely a hunch. It was a fairly large corner shop and lay just opposite the war memorial, and near the United Dairies shop.

    1. Julie says:

      I was looking for something else and spotted your question! – the store you are trying to recall – possibly Cullens, it was on the corner opposite the War Memorial. Hope it jogs your memory!

      1. Dennis says:

        It certainly has!

        Hello Julie,

        Many thanks for taking the trouble to help me recall to mind that it was indeed the famous Cullen’s grocery store where I filled many an hour driving their delivery van way back quite a few decades!

        But strange as it may seem the three weeks or so in the giddy summer of 1957 still conjure up happy memories. Partly I think it was because although I had had my driving licence for year I didn’t own a car and my driving experience was fairly limited at the time, although I was fairly confident of my ability…but when they showed me their delivery van that set me back a bit mentally speaking! However I didn’t back down or lose my cool as might be expressed today and became very relieved when finding my fears unfounded!

        Thanks again! Might I ask if you are a Waltonian?

        1. David Kohlbeck says:

          Hi my Mum was born in Walton on Thames She will be 98 this October.

          She came up with three other stores The World Stores in High Street, Cullens that you mentioned Harold Smiths Habidashery where she bought her wedding vale opposite Burtons outfitters. With dance rooms above

          My great Uncle Bob was the bell ringer, amazingly he was totally blind and used to identify the ropes with twine tied to each finger. My Grea Grandfather was an orderly at the hospital during the First World War when it had mostly New Zealand Service men from the front.

          They lived in Manor Cottages and eventually Harvey Road.

      2. Dennis R. Hall says:

        Thanks Julie and it was indeed Cullens general store.

    2. ANNE HITCHCOCK says:

      The store you have in mind was I’m sure was CULLENS and I used to go there to by tins of broken biscuits.

    3. Prue Robinson says:

      Cullens

    4. LFA says:

      It was Grant Warden, then it became Beales

    5. Matthew Walter says:

      Cullens. They had/ have a chain of grocery shops.

  6. Alan standing says:

    Looking for pics at Trafalgar drive what it was like 1908 onwards could someone help please .I have books on this area but they don’t show this area….

  7. Dennis R. Hall says:

    Has anyone known of or seen any view, picture or old postcard, of the area of Walton that became New Zealand Avenue prior to the latter’s construction in or around 1933? I imagine all that part from the High Street towards Oatlands Drive and Walton Bridge past Silverdale Avenue became a projected development area in the early 1930s being waste ground or fields before work began to build New Zealand Avenue. Indeed, this might beg the question as to Silverdale Avenue itself ie did this already have its entry/exit as it does today on some undeveloped ground or was Silverdale Avenue part of the New Zealand Avenue development plan. Also, was this development carried out in response to some hitherto outstanding pressing commitment for the locality, or might It have been inspired by a central government plan to expand local industry in response to a period of economic depression and unemployment?

    1. Anne says:

      I think it was all part of the Ashley Park estate. Sol up for development in the 1920s by the Sassoons.

    2. Anne says:

      I think it was all part of the Ashley Park estate. Sold up for development in the 1920s by the Sassoons.

  8. I am trying to find out information about Primary Schools in Walton on Thames between 1890 and 1900. I am researching William Beswick who was a Gardener whose children went to “Board School Walton on Thames” before moving to Munster Road School, Fulham, London in October 1900. If Arthur and John Charles Beswick were at School in Walton on Thames, it probably means that their father William Beswick was working as a Gardener/Head Gardener locally. Any suggestions about where he could have been working? Any information gratefully received. Catherine Coakley, Cork, Ireland

    1. Robert says:

      Not sure if this is any help, but in the 1960s I went to a primary school in Rydens Road, Walton-on-Thames, which looked old enough to have been going back in the late Victorian era.
      It was called St Martins, and in retrospect it was heading for the end when I was there; the headmaster was a guy called Haigh who I heard had bought it back in 1944. It closed in 1974, about three years after I left, and was demolished to make way for a new residential road called St Martins Drive.
      I don’t know much about the history of the school before I was there, although I know it went back at least to the 1930s, as I once found a photo of it online dating back to that decade (but can’t seem to find it now!)
      It wasn’t a boarding school when I was there, but as I said, the two main buildings were old (the roof of one looked rather unsafe) and surely went back to the 1890s at least.
      Don’t think anyone who still remembers the place has many happy memories of it … one former pupil said to me “the bulldozer was the best thing that ever happened to it.”

      1. TONY THOMPSON says:

        Robert – fortunately for me, my memories of St. Martins are happier than yours. I went there from 1955 to 1960 and remember a Miss Oberlander and a Miss Simmons as two of my teachers. I do not remember the headmaster although somewhere I have old school photographs taken on the front lawn with all pupils and teachers present. I can remember playing football on the school’s pitches that went from the buildings up to the railway line in the back. I can also remember egg and spoon races with my mother (and other Mothers’ Day activities) each spring. For me, it was a good school and the beginning of my education.

        1. Matthew Walter says:

          Headmaster of St. Martins was Haigh. Nasty piece of work, very vicious, also not very pleasant to the teachers. Food was vile. The teachers were good. Miss Oberlander and Miss Simmons. Plus Mr Hindmarsh and Mr Gray. Heating was unheard of. Unfortunately corporal punishment was dealt out liberally. Very Victorian.
          Good job it went.

        2. Robert says:

          Tony – I do have the impression that it was a better school in the 50s than it was in the 60s. This may not have been entirely due to the teachers or the way it was run, but also to the changes in attitudes that took place in the latter decade when the pupils became a lot more disruptive and hard to control, not only at St Martin’s but elsewhere. I remember around 1970 Haigh got some of us together for a “pep talk” to try and stop the rot, telling us of a time when the school had been respected and he wanted it that way again. Sadly I don’t think it did much good, and the school closed in 1974. I came back on its last day to see iit end, and I thought Haigh looked rather relieved to be finishing with it!
          By the way, I remember when I started at St Martin’s in 1963 the playing-fields still stretched down to the railway embankment but didn’t stay that way for long, as a portion of the ground near to the line was being fenced off to be sold to the developer of a new housing estate which went up soon afterwards. Many years later the rest of the field and the school went the same way. Today there’s one bit of the school still remaining along Rydens Road – a red-brick house called The Martins which had been bought to provide additional classroom space and became a residential building when the school closed.

    2. H Brooks says:

      The Board or National school was in the red brick buildings now part of the Hub on the corner of Hersham Road and Ashley Road
      Try National School Admission Registers & Log-Books 1870-1914 on Findmypast.co.uk

    3. Michael Lock says:

      Hi Catherine
      I was born in Walton on Thames, but left in 1957 for the US. I was 10 years old. I am now into genealogy through wikitree and use free genealogy.com for sources. There was a William George Beswick born in Dec 1873 at Chertsey he probably married Kate Readings Jun 1903 also at Chertsey. This William Beswick has a profile on wikitree . I am personally looking for Locks related to Horatio Lock, Edward G. Lock, Arthur Lock and Killinglys. There were at least 40 Locks living in Sunbury between 1850 and 1900, that I know I am related to. I am looking for living cousins in the area. Most of the Sunbury Locks were gardeners. So Catherine I hope my information was helpful.

      Michael Lock

      Virginia, USA

  9. Philippe Schelstraete says:

    My father François Schelstraete, was a Belgian volunteer in the Great War and was in Walton on Tames from 31 july 1918 to 8 august 1918 in Holiday.
    Can sombody my help to make some rsearch.
    Thanks
    Philippe Schelstraete Stijn Streuvelsstraat 42 8000 Brugge (Blegium) tel 50.33.74.11

    1. Anne says:

      What is it you want to find out?

  10. Beverley Andrews says:

    I an trying to think back about any factories in Annette Road Walton,I knew somebody that worked there in 1965-1970.I thought it was a caravan factory.
    The lad used to go to the famous Walton Hop

    1. michael annett says:

      My name is Michael Annett – my father was Bill Annett. I believe my grandfather was a builder who had Annett Road named after him. Could anyone throw any light on this?

  11. cathryn walton says:

    Can anyone remember the name of the building in New Zealand Avenue that housed Hunter Douglas and Unit Glass?
    I worked there in 1970-71 and think it might have been Aukland or Wellington House.

    1. Grant says:

      Was it and still is Brassey house?

  12. Lea says:

    Hello,
    My grandmother visited Walton-on-Thames in 1926 with her mother and sister from Winnipeg, Canada. They were visiting someone who lived at Eastern View, Sidney Road. Would anyone have any idea about the location (where currently it would be), the house, and/or the owners? I am curious to know who they visited.
    thanks, Lea

  13. Malcolm says:

    I have some documents of various years dating back to 1896, all relating to previous owners and conveyances on my property in Cottimore Lane, Walton on Thames. However, one slightly damaged hand drawn sketch, shows a Miskin Road being the next turning after Kingsbridge Road. I cant find a site to look at a map close enough to identify it, anyone help ?

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