Holy Trinity Church, Wallington
Wallington shown within Greater London
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Wallington is a town in the London Borough of Sutton situated 10.3 miles (16.6 km) south south-west of Charing Cross. Prior to the merger of the Municipal Borough of Beddington and Wallington into the London Borough of Sutton, it was part of the county of Surrey. Wallington is a post town in the SM postcode area, and although now part of Greater London, the former postal county was Surrey.
The name "Wallington" derives from the Anglo Saxon "Waletone", meaning "village of the Britons". Wallington appears in Domesday Book of 1086 and was held by William the Conqueror. Its domesday assets were: 11 hides. It had 2 mills worth £1 10s 0d, 11 ploughs, 8 acres (32,000 m2) of meadow. It rendered £10. The historic village was situated somewhat to the north of the current town centre around what is now Wallington Bridge over the River Wandle.
What was then called "Carshalton" railway station was opened in 1847 in the open fields to the south of Wallington because the owner of Carshalton Park objected to it being built near to Carshalton village. This acted as a spur to the development of the area and in the 1860s Nathaniel Bridges created a prestigious housing estate of gothic revival villas (architect E. L. Brock) and a new church (Holy Trinity). The area around Holy Trinity Church is known as Wallington Old Town. In particular Clifton Road, Belmont Road and Park Road exhibit some imposing Victorian and Edwardian villas. This southward development continued towards Woodcote and by the time of the First World War the section of Woodcote Road to the south of the station had become the new High Street.
The Municipal Borough of Beddington and Wallington was incorporated in 1936 from the former Beddington and Wallington Urban District. A town hall (architect Robert Atkinson) and public library were built in Wallington town centre in the 1930s, as was the fire station in Belmont Road.
Wallington County Grammar School (for boys) was opened on London Road, close to Beddington Park in 1927.
Wallington was an important centre for the production of lavender oil until about the time of the First World War. Lavender and herb growing were very prominent in the area in Victorian times and much earlier, and extensive fields of lavender were to be seen in the Carshalton, Beddington and Wallington areas. Lavender growing was a very prosperous part of the local agriculture hereabouts in the 19th and early 20th centuries. In Wallington the area to the north of the station was chiefly used. The scale of the operation can be understood from the fact that the Daily News in 1914 was able to state that at nearby Carshalton Beeches “In every direction the low hill sides of the farm beyond Beeches Halt are swept with the bloomy pastel tint of the lavender flowers”. The importance of lavender is remembered and commemorated in a number of ways, for example:
- There is a large sculpture at the junction of Woodcote Road and Stafford Road representing a lavender plant.
- The Christmas lights also represent lavender plants.
- One of the local lavender farmers - John Jakson of Little Woodcote Farm - lent his name to a public house in Woodcote Road.
- Local Scouts use lavender as the logo for the Sutton area on their shoulder badge.
Since 2007 Wallington has enjoyed something of a mini boom with several new retailers being attracted to the town, including Tesco Express and Caffé Nero. These are in addition to high street names already represented, such as Sainsbury's, Boots, W.H. Smith, Dorothy Perkins and Pizza Express. In addition, many major banks, estate agencies and building societies are represented in the town.
This boom may have been fuelled in part by the recent construction of two separate, major luxury flats developments just across the main road from the railway station.
A farmers' market is held on the second Saturday of each month. This is usually located outside the old town hall, but occasionally in the car park at Shotfield.
There is good-sized public library in the centre of Wallington in the "Shotfield" district; it has an outside terrace where coffee is served. Shotfield is also where the former Town Hall, and now a college, is located.
Finally, this central area of the town has recently gained a modern new health centre. Completed in 2012, it replaced smaller existing facilities on the Shotfield site.
Wallington is well served by bus, coach and rail connections, and it is possible to reach London's two major airports - Heathrow and Gatwick - in less than an hour by car, or a little longer by public transport.
A variety of bus services are available from Wallington. For accurate information to find exactly each stop check the Transport for London website as it will lead to you to all the changes going on and how to re-route. This will give you a rough guideline to the buses available in the local area.
- 127 - to Purley, Carshalton, Mitcham, Tooting Broadway
- 151 - to Carshalton, St Helier, Sutton, Cheam, Worcester Park
- 154 - to Croydon, Carshalton, Sutton, Morden
- 157 - to Crystal Palace, Croydon, Morden
- 407 - to Caterham, Purley, Croydon, Sutton
- 410 - to Crystal Palace, Norwood, Croydon, Beddington
- 455 - to Beddington, Waddon, Croydon, Purley
- 463 - to Coulsdon, Beddington, Mitcham
- 612 - to Wallington County Grammar School
- S4 - to Roundshaw, Sutton, St Helier
- X26 - to Croydon, Carshalton, Sutton, Kingston, Heathrow.
- 627 - to Wallington Girls' School
All services listed above go through Wallington town centre, except for the 407 and X26 which pass through Wallington Green.
Wallington used to be serviced by the N213 night bus but was axed in 2009 in favor of a 24 hour service on the 213. Leaving Wallington without any night travel.
Services operate from Wallington to London Bridge and Victoria via West Croydon and to Epsom and beyond via Sutton.
The northbound platform extends over the bridge that crosses Woodcote Road. The road immediately below this bridge occasionally floods during heavy rain and achieved some notoriety on 20 July 2007 when it was severely flooded, making it impassable for several hours.
A faster service to London Bridge via Wallington was introduced in May 2010. This stops at Waddon, West Croydon and Norwood Junction and then runs non-stop to London Bridge, shaving several minutes off the previous journey time.
Famous residents and inhabitants.
- Neil Ardley, jazz pianist and composer, was born in Wallington.
- Jeff Beck of the Yardbirds was born in Wallington and lived on Demesne Road.
- Gary Mason, former British Heavyweight Champion Boxer, who lived in Wallington before his untimely death on Sandy Lane South whilst riding his bicycle, on 6 January 2011.
- Linsey Dawn McKenzie, English glamour model, pornographic actress and minor celebrity.
- Mervyn Peake's father bought a medical practice at 55 Woodcote Road in 1923, and "Woodcroft" was his home until the early 1930s. He lived there for five years when he inherited the house on the death of his father in 1953, but sold the house for development when he moved to Chelsea.
- Will Owen, Member of Parliament for Morpeth, County Durham, also lived in Wallington.
- Nick Ross, television presenter.
- Eileen Shanahan, Irish poet, lived with her family in Blenheim Gardens.
- David Walliams had his primary education at Collingwood Boys' School in Wallington, London, (Surrey), (now Collingwood School).
- David Weir, Paralympic gold medalist lives on the Roundshaw estate.
- Bandon Hill Primary School
- Amy Johnson Primary School
- Foresters Primary School
- Highview Primary School
- Holy Trinity C of E Junior School
- Holy Trinity C of E Primary School
All three secondary schools are highly rated grammar schools, with one (Wilson's School) the highest achieving state school - including all state grammars - in Britain. See the London Borough of Sutton article for further details of education in the borough.
Sport and leisure
Wallington has a Non-League football club Crescent Rovers F.C. who play at the Wallington Sports & Social Club. The town has four gold post boxes commemorating local resident David Weir's four gold medals at the 2012 Summer Paralympics.