A park with a very colourful history! Read about the original estate and it's development, how baseball was invented there, and the park's role in the inception of the British film industry.
THE INVENTION OF BASEBALL!
A prominent member of the British royal family played baseball for the first time - more than 250 years ago - right here in Walton-on-Thames!
This is according to the latest discovery of SABR member and author David Block, who specialises in the study of baseball’s origins.
Visit our page BASEBALL INVENTED IN WALTON for a full report.
THE START OF THE BRITISH FILM INDUSTRY
Ashley Park was also the site for filming of The Adventures of Robin Hood, broadcast weekly between 1955 and 1959 on ITV. It starred Richard Greene as the outlaw Robin Hood and Alan Wheatley as his nemesis, the Sheriff of Nottingham.
Read all about the fascinating history of HEPWORTH STUDIOS and the inception of the British Film Industry in Walton-on-Thames