Wallington Did You Know?

Posted on Monday, April 24, 2017

Wallington Did You Know?

The original village dates back to the Doomsday Book of 1086. Its name is believed to have derived from “Waleton” meaning - Village of the Britains – in Anglo Saxon. The original village was at Wallington Bridge where it crosses the Wandle north of the current location.

Watercress grows naturally in the River Wandle, The section in the Wandle at the springs in Carshalton to Beddington, in the Middle Ages was known as the Cress Brook. A breakout of Typhoid in the 30’s led to its decline.

Around 1805, a local business which owned 500 acres, planted peppermint, lavender and other herbs and cultivation spread into Beddington, Wallington, Carshalton and Sutton. Yardley's lavender originally came from the local area.

Wallington May Queen was founded in 1903. Girls can become fairies at 3 years upwards and progress to become May Queen. Each year the May Queen is crowned on the steps of the Old Town Hall. Part of her duties is to ride on a float at Carshalton Carnival.

The memorial at Wallington Green was unveiled in 1922 to commemorate Wallington’s young men that lost their lives in the first world war.

The town hall, public library and fire station were all built in the 1930’s.

At the last Census the population of Wallington was 20,850.

There are 4 gold post boxes in Wallington these represent the 4 Gold Medals that David Weir won at the 2012 Summer Olympics.

Wallington benefits from 8 Primary Schools and 3 Senior Schools all of which are Grammar.

There are three parks, Beddington, Mellows and Grange Gardens.

Famous residents include David Weir, Paralympic, Nick Ross, TV presenter, Gary Mason, Boxer, who sadly lost his life on a cycle accident in Wallington and David Walliams attended Collingwood School.



Information taken from various sources including Wikipedia.org & suttongov.co.uk