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Walton-on-Thames - Surrey Life Towns & Villages 2013

PUBLISHED: 11:51 11 November 2013 | UPDATED: 11:51 11 November 2013

Burhill Golf Club

Burhill Golf Club

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With its riverside setting, Walton-on-Thames also has an interesting history at the dawn of film

Film inspiration

British cinema pioneer Cecil Hepworth established film company, Hepworth Studios, in Walton during 1896. The studios produced Alice in Wonderland in 1903, which at the time was the longest film made in Britain, running at about 12 minutes. The Walton Playhouse art house that still stands today originally formed part of the film studios.

Untroubled waters

The first new road bridge over the River Thames for more than 20 years is on target to be completed this summer. The £32m Walton Bridge between Walton-on-Thames and Shepperton, will replace the two temporary bridges that have been in use since 1953 and 1999.

Rerouting rivers

A navigable channel constructed to cut off the northern loop of the River Thames, the Desborough Channel was constructed between 1930 and 1935 and named after Lord Desborough, chairman of the Thames Conservancy at that time. It halved the distance travelled on this stretch of the Thames and alleviated flooding in Shepperton. A new island was created by the construction.

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Visit...

Burhill Golf Club has plenty to offer the non-golfing fan, too. Set in the beautiful 17th century Georgian mansion that forms the clubhouse, the mansion is also famous for being where the bouncing bomb was invented by Sir Barnes Wallis.

Eat at...

Try the Italian restaurant Prima Fila (01932 228222), which is said to be inspired by the owner’s Sicilian roots.

Drink at...

Ideally situated by the river is The Swan pub (01932 225964) on Manor Road.

Stay at...

The Weir Hotel (01932 784530) on Waterside Drive by the river.

Getting there...

Walton-on-Thames is close to the M3 and M25. There are direct rail links to London.

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