Walton On Thames, Boathouse 1899

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Caption for Walton On Thames, Boathouse 1899: Punting became very much a ladies' pastime, and the fame of the 'English Punt Girl' spread far and wide. In 1908 there was even an article describing her in the Travel magazine of New York. It seems that pink and white were the preferred colours to wear.

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Memories of Walton-on-Thames


I spent my childhood in Walton to the age of 20 when I got married. I have so many happy memories that I have written my biography up to the age of 15, describing so many of the things I did with friends and the places in Walton that were relevant. One of the strangest activities was following fire engines (...Read full memory)

I am looking for a house called 'Red Towers' in Hersham where my mother and two aunts were born and lived in their early days. Does anyone know the Harris family who may have owned or rented this property and the house itself? I would love to know for my family tree.

I lived in Wilton Lodge as a child with my family from 1960 to March in 1962. The year of the fantastically cold and snowy winter. The house was still in one piece although inside it had been turned into a few flats. Our flat was up one flight of stairs and the sitting room windows faced the enormous back (...Read full memory)

I worked at Birkheads in Church street around 1967/8 in the TV department. Great old fashioned store that used to deal with the stars from St George's Hills. They would close the store and open in the evening just for The Beatles or Tom Jones. Amazing days. I remember Linda (I think) who ran the record (...Read full memory)

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Caption for Walton On Thames, Boathouse 1899: Punting became very much a ladies' pastime, and the fame of the 'English Punt Girl' spread far and wide. In 1908 there was even an article describing her in the Travel magazine of New York. It seems that pink and white were the preferred colours to wear.

An extract from Surrey.

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