Walton, Cheshire

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Walton
Walton Hall, Cheshire.jpg
Walton Hall
Walton is located in Cheshire
Walton
Walton
 Walton shown within Cheshire
Population 1,594 (2001)
OS grid reference SJ5984
Civil parish Walton
District Warrington
Shire county Cheshire
Region North West
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Warrington
Postcode district WA4
Dialling code 01925
Police Cheshire
Fire Cheshire
Ambulance North West
EU Parliament North West England
UK Parliament Warrington South
List of places
UK
England
Cheshire

Coordinates: 53°21′20″N 2°36′31″W / 53.3555°N 2.6085°W / 53.3555; -2.6085

Walton is a village and civil parish in Warrington, Cheshire, England.

Walton is at the southwest edge of the town, next to the parish of Stockton Heath. It is also close to Daresbury and Moore, although these are in the neighbouring borough of Halton. Walton is part of the council ward of Hatton, Stretton and Walton.

Walton is divided into Lower Walton and Higher Walton. Higher Walton is south-west of Lower Walton, and is the location of Walton Hall. The estate of Walton Hall and its surrounding gardens, previously owned by the Greenall family, was bought by Warrington Borough Council in 1941 and is now a park with a zoo and municipal golf course.[1]

Walton shares its annual church walking day parade with Stockton Heath. The nearest schools are Stockton Heath Primary School and Bridgewater High School.

The name Walton comes from settlement/farmstead of Wealas - native Celts which is what the new Anglo Saxon speaking peoples called the native inhabitants of England. There is strong evidence that in many areas of England taken over by Germanic speaking settlers, the native British (Wealas) remained undisturbed, farming the same land they did when the Romans left. Over time they just adopted or forgot their Celtic tongue (similar to Old Welsh/Cornish) for the language and culture of the newcomers in order to climb the social ladder or were coerced to do so. It was in the Anglo Saxon interest that the native British carry on as usual to ensure the economy produced food and goods for the new landowners.

Higher Walton was the site of an railway accident. On 29 June 1867 two trains collided at Walton Junction due to signal error. The collision killed eight people and injured 73.[2]

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