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 town is a grammar school stronghold, being home to three of the borough's five grammar schools. The London Borough of Sutton is a top performing borough for education in the country, and Wallington's schools make a significant contribution to this.
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.
At the time of the Domesday book there were two mill ponds. The mill buildings have long been demolished, but the mill pond survives as The Grange boating lake. In the 1860s one Alfred Smee, surgeon to the Bank of England, constructed an elaborate garden on the north side of the Mill Pond, and wrote an illustrated book called "My Garden" in 1872.
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). To provide a church for the estate, Bridges sponsored the construction of Holy Trinity, and Wallington became a separate parish in 1867. 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.
Wallington High School for Girls was established in 1888 by a collective of nuns.
Wallington Methodist Church was built in 1908 on a site in Beddington Gardens in the town centre.
Since 1902 the town has maintained the tradition of an annual crowning of the Wallington May Queen. The event begins with a procession through the town. Girls join the group at the age of three as "fairies", before graduating to "attendants to the May Queen" a year later. They then go on to become crown bearers before taking on the role of banner bearer. The girls then act as "princes", and become eligible to be a May Queen at the age of nine.
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. Created by sculptor, Guy Portelli, it was installed in 1999 when the new Sainsbury's store was built.
- 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.
Many of Wallington's young men served and lost their lives in the First World War, and in 1922 a memorial was unveiled on Wallington Green by General Edmund Elles to commemorate the fallen. The memorial was altered in 1949 to include the names of the locals who died in the Second World War.
The memorial is in the form of a Portland stone obelisk on a plinth, with a cross and a sunburst motif. On the sides are bronze plaques bearing the names of the fallen. It stands on blue Staffordshire engineering bricks and York stone. In 2005 it was discovered that the memorial was being attacked by moss, and English Heritage paid for its restoration.
The inscription reads:
|“||1914 – 1918
To the glorious memory
of the men of Beddington and Wallington
who fell in the Great War.
They died that we might live.
Since 2007, Wallington has enjoyed something of a mini boom with several new retailers being attracted to the town, including Tesco Express and Caffè 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, which were completed circa 2010 and 2013 respectively. More town centre flats are being developed in Shotfield Road, for completion in early 2015.
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.
Sutton Community Farm, the only one of its kind in London, is located in Wallington. A not-for-profit social enterprise, it occupies a 7.5 acre small-holding of a type originally given to ex-servicemen following the First World War.
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. In 1980 it was taken over and converted into a Crown Court. The building ceased to be a Court in April 1999, and was later converted to its current use.
The Shotfield area of the town centre gained a modern new health centre in 2012, replacing smaller existing facilities on the site.
Parks in the Wallington area include Mellows Park, Beddington Park and the Grange Gardens.
The latter two, through which the River Wandle flows, lie in the north-east of the area, on the border with neighbouring Beddington. Beddington Park is nearly 100 acres in size and is maintained by the London Borough of Sutton. It was originally part of the Deer Park attached to Carew Manor, a grand country house built in the Tudor period, which stands to this day. It comprises a large area of open grassland with small clumps of trees, with an area of more formal gardens near the Grange restaurant, as well as a lake and pond. The main lake in the south west of the park was originally a mill pond. There are many paths and a number of ornamental bridges, which cross the stream which feeds the lake: this is part of the River Wandle, and the park is on the Wandle Trail. Part of the park is managed as a wildlife site.
Wallington is well served by rail, bus and coach connections.
A variety of bus services are available from Wallington.
- 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
- 627 - to Wallington High School for Girls
- S4 - to Roundshaw, Sutton, St Helier
- X26 - to Croydon, Carshalton, Sutton, Kingston, Heathrow.
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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.
- Phyllis Mudford King (1906-2006), Wimbledon ladies doubles winner 1931
- 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, 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.
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.
- Bandon Hill Primary School
- Amy Johnson Primary School
- Foresters Primary School
- Highview Primary School
- Holy Trinity C of E Junior School
- Collingwood School (Fee Paying)
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.
- Morris, J. (1975). Domesday Book Surrey. Philimore & Co. ISBN 0-85033-132-3.
- "Beddington and Wallington War Memorial". War Memorials Trust. Retrieved 5 July 2014.
- Sutton Community Farm
- Sutton Guardian
- "Phyllis King: Hard-hitting ladies doubles champion at Wimbledon in 1931". The Times. 2006-02-02. Retrieved 2007-10-24.