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Walton Court playing field
Walton Court shown within Buckinghamshire
|Population||5,961 (2001 Census)|
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|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|EU Parliament||South East England|
The estate was built during the 1970s as part of a major housing expansion. The land had formerly been farmland, and for some time the privately owned housing area was known as Walton Court Farm, after the estate, renamed Hawkslade by Estate Agents to reflect the middle class population split to the West side of Ellen Road. The roads in the estate that were built between the 1970s and 1980s are named after British Rivers.
Through the 1990s the estate became well known as an area with a very moderate crime rate and parts of the estate have had to have been redesigned or rebuilt to overcome some of the difficulties. It remains an area of some social deprivation, with the majority of issues focused around an adjoining estate - Southcourt. A common misconception to non-residents. Walton Court stretches from the A418 Oxford Road running down the South side of Churchill Avenue to Ellen Road.
Although mostly housing, Walton Court also has Ashmead Combined School, a mixed, community primary school, which has approximately 475 pupils from the age of four through to the age of eleven (Nursery to Year 6), Mandeville Upper School (Year 7 to Sixth Form) and until the year 2000, Willowmead School. On Hannon Road is the Walton Court Shopping Centre and Walton Court Social Club. A new centre was opened in the former doctors surgery called the Healthy Living Centre which features a cafe, Internet facilities and regular educational classes. This has provided a new focal point to the area.
The new expanded Mandeville GP Surgery has been built next to the Walton Court shops and Ashmead infant school. The shops and flats at Walton Court are about to have a re-build to update and modernise the area, with all interior areas becoming a private area and the shops reversed to face outwards. The Co-operative group have invested heavily into re-launching a very successful supermarket.
The estate is half a mile from the famous Stoke Mandeville Hospital. The estate therefore houses a large number of medical and clinical staff as well as resident spinal patients now living in the community.