Home to no fewer than 3 Unit Management Business Centres, we thought it was about time we shared some colourful facts about the beautiful market town of Walton-on-Thames – a charming place to do business, on the south bank of the River Thames. 

We won’t bore you with the population count or the longitude and latitude of the area but here’s some interesting things we bet you didn’t know about Walton-on-Thames: 

Celtic Roots

The history of Walton-on-Thames is rich and plentiful. It was named by the Anglo-Saxons, “Walton” supposedly meaning “Farm of Britons”.

Walton-on-Thames first known inhabitants before both the Romans and Anglo-Saxons were the Celts. When the Anglo-Saxons arrived, they named the Celts “Wealas” meaning foreigners, strangers and Celts. Considering the Anglo-Saxons had just arrived by ship, calling the people of Walton names could not have gone down well. In fact, the name Wales is thought to be derived from Wealas, so maybe they were not that offended after all.

View of the Thames, Walton-on-Thames
Idyllic riverside view of the Thames, Walton-on-Thames

Julius Caesar once visited

Local legend believes Julius Caesar is thought to have forded his 2nd invasion of Britain in Walton-on-Thames (his first invasion didn’t work out). Julius obviously decided he liked what he saw as the Romans stayed in Britain for over 400 years.

Walton-on-Thames has undergone a vast amount of change over the last 30 years. A huge amount of investment and construction has turned what was once a shabby, dull and ugly concrete town into a vibrant, classy and upmarket place to be. Caesar would no doubt approve of the market town today.

The 31st POTUS and his Walton White House

In 1902, a certain Herbert Hoover lived in Walton-on-Thames. He resided in a property called ‘The White House’. He went on to become the 31st President of the United States. Perhaps his time in Walton-on-Thames inspired his presidency campaign?

Monkey Business

People who have grown up in area will remember a pet shop in New Zealand Avenue that had a real monkey in the window. The little chap was a welcome attraction for unfortunate youngsters being dragged around the shops on a Saturday afternoon by their parents. Thankfully this kind of captivity would now be illegal and whilst the monkey is no longer present, there is plenty of wildlife still left to enjoy in Walton-on-Thames.

It’s beautiful parks are alive with birds, squirrels and of course dogs-a-plenty (with their owners, of course). The riverbank is a great place to watch the boats, feed the ducks and swans or just sit and while the time away with an alfresco lunch or delicious cappuccino. It must be said, people watching can be just as entertaining as monkey watching.

From Monty Python to Jack Bauer’s 24

Walton has featured as a location for much filming over the years. Monty Python threw a dummy of Admiral Nelson out of a local flat window and used various other locations in the town for their crazy shenanigans. Jack Bauer (24 -TV series) filmed parts of the action in Walton-on-Thames. Shepperton Studios happens to be just up the road so you may spot a famous face or two in the area.

Famous Folk

The original Mary Poppins, Dame Julie Andrews was born in Walton on Thames. Comedian and lord of the one-liners, Lee Mack calls the town ‘home’ and ariel shots of the area are regularly featured in his popular sitcom ‘Not Going Out’.

Bond-mobiles

Let’s face it, James Bond has been around for a while, so there’s a good chance that his trusty quartermaster, Q, picked up one or two of his gadget-laden vehicles from the oldest Aston Martin dealership in the world. It’s on New Zealand Avenue if you fancy a spin.

HWM Aston Martin Showroom in Walton on Thames
HWM Aston Martin Showroom in Walton on Thames – Image copyright HWM Aston Martin

Just one Canaletto!

Italian artist Canaletto obviously saw the beauty in Walton-on-Thames. In 1754, he set up his easel on the river bank and painted a landscape featuring the first bridge built in Walton to cross the Thames. If you’re looking for a little culture and enjoy fine art, you can find it hanging in the Dulwich Picture Gallery.

Intrigued yet?

Walton-on-Thames is a great place to live, work and play. It’s a beautiful riverside location with a lively local community. The area features top-class dining, bars and retail, all of which have drawn many successful businesses to the town.

The transport links offer an easy commute into central London, arriving to Waterloo in approximately 30 minutes. Plentiful buses and easy road access to the M3 and M25 provide great travel options.

If you’re looking for an idyllic location for your business you needn’t look much further than this friendly and welcoming, affluent town. Check out some of the great workspace available at Unit Management’s Image Court & Enterprise House Business Centres.