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Old 06-12-2012, 04:27 AM   #165
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Walton-on-Thames is a town in the Elmbridge borough of Surrey in South East England. The town is located 15.3 miles (24.6 km) south west of Charing Cross and is between the towns of Weybridge and Molesey. It is situated on the River Thames between Sunbury Lock and Shepperton Lock...The name "Walton" is Anglo-Saxon in origin and is believed to mean "farm of the Britons" or "Saxon settlement". Even before the Romans and the Saxons were present, there was a Celtic settlement here. The Anglo-Saxon word for the Celtic inhabitants who lived here before them is "Wealas".

Walton Court was built in 1960/1 as the headquarters office of Birds Eye to the designs of the architectural practice of Sir John Burnet, Tait and Partners. It was one of the first "out of London town" prestige offices to be built for a major company, and its high architectural quality has merited Grade II Listed status. It is based on a concrete frame with glass cladding and natural anodised aluminium on dark blue vitreous enamelled infill panels.In the centre of the building are two internal courtyards, where Birds Eye used to keep flamingoes and penguins to entertain employees!
In World War II, owing largely to the proximity of important aircraft factories at nearby Brooklands, the town was bombed on various occasions by the Luftwaffe. On 27 September 1940, fighter pilot F/Sgt. Charles Sydney, who was based with 92 Squadron at RAF Biggin Hill, died when his Spitfire (R6767) crashed in Station Avenue. He was buried in Orpington and is commemorated today by a memorial plaque close to the crash site...
Hersham and Walton Motors (HWM) constructed its own racing car in the early 1950s. Stirling Moss competed in his first Formula One Grand Prix in an HWM. HWM was the world's first Aston Martin dealership that diversified into Alfa Romeo in 2009...The redevelopment includes a shopping mall and 279 one- and two-bedroom apartments with views over Ashley Park. The Elmbridge Xcel Leisure Centre is situated to the east of the town near the River Thames. Walton-on-Thames is part of the parliamentary constituency of Esher and Walton, which is a safe Conservative seat. The current MP is Dominic Raab...Madeleine Albright, 64th United States Secretary of State, went to a school in Oatlands; the building, whilst no longer a school, has been converted into flats and stands next to a pub/restaurant, Some of the sketches for Monty Python were filmed in Walton. The Walton Hop was a teen disco started by Deniz Corday in 1958.It is reputed to have been the first disco in the UK. During the 1970s and 1980s frequented by certain celebrites...not far from Colling Wood place...ITV sitcom Is It Legal? was shot in Walton. The Adventures of Robin Hood was filmed at Nettlefold Studios in Walton.

Central Walton has a male population of 2,791 against Elmbridge's male population of 58,867, and the female population of central Walton is 3,071 against Elmbridge's 63,069...1971 cult horror film Psychomania was shot in Walton, including several key scenes in the town centre...The Green School splits girls into 5 different houses from Year 7 to Year 11; each house is named after a tree and has a distinct colour...
. Necessary Doctrine and Erudition for Any Christian Man, also known as the King's Book, was published in 1543, and attributed to Henry VIII and he marries Catherine Parr...Nicolaus Copernicus publishes De revolutionibus orbium coelestium in Nuremberg. In it, he denies the geocentric model and says all planets revolve around the sun...Lighthouse of Genoa completed...

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