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

The Manor House of Walton Leigh, photographed in 1859
Photographic Survey and Record of Surrey no. 8508

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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4 Responses to Walton on Thames

  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

  3. Yvonne Tyrrell says:

    How old are the buildings on Church Street

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