Walton Trail - The History of Walton-on-Thames
The name "Walton" is Anglo-Saxon in origin. Before the Romans and the Saxons were present, a Celtic settlement was here. The most common Old English word for the Celtic inhabitants was the "Wealas", originally meaning "foreigners" or "strangers".
Walton appears in the Domesday Book of 1086 as "Waletona". The settlement was held jointly as overlords in the feudal system by Edward de Sarisber (Salisbury) and Richard de Tonbrige. Its Domesday assets were: 6 hides; 1 church (St. Mary's), 2 mills worth £1 5s 0d, 1 fishery worth 5s, 14 ploughs, 40 acres (16 ha) of meadow, supporting 50 hogs. It rendered £28.
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All the historic sites are easy to explore by foot or on two wheels. Why not use our trail maps. Download them at the foot of this page.
You can see them all on one map as well.
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Thames River Route
A 2-mile route covering 13 historic sites
Walton Trail Map
Town Centre Route
A 1¼ mile route covering 8 historic sites, extendable to a 3½ mile route covering 11 sites