Closed pubs of Walton-on-Thames

 
Public houses from Walton-on-Thames now closed
The Public Houses of Walton-on-Thames have always played an important role within the social and cultural life of the town. This page features information on public houses in Walton-on-Thames, now sadly closed.
 
The Castle Inn
The Castle Inn was established around 1740 and located at the north-east end of Church Street in Walton-on-Thames. The Castle Inn was demolished in 1973 (Barker & Barker, 1994).
 
The Crown Hotel
The Crown Hotel once stood on the corner of Church Street and the High Street in Walton-on-Thames and had been in business since at least 1729. The building itself was of 16th century construction with a late 17th/early 18th century façade. The pub was demolished in 1961 with shops built upon the site.
 
The White Hart Inn/White Lion/Five Bells
Built in the 17th Century, the buildings now currently 23−27 Church Street were formerly the White Hart Inn which closed in 1905. The inn, now converted into shops, was Walton-on-Thames oldest public house, known to have been operating at least the 1660s when it was known as the White Lion (Barker and Barker, 1994) and before this it was also known as the Five Bells.
 
The Dolphin
The Dolphin pub was present by 1887 and it is reported that William King; Alexander Strachan in 1985 and George Sharp in 1899, all beer retailers in Church Street were all licencees. In 1907 the on-licence was refused by the licensing magistrates leading to The Dolphins cessation as a public house. The Dolphin continued as an off-licence into the 1950s before eventually closing. (Pubs History, n.d.)
 
Apps Court Tavern
The Apps Court Tavern was built in 1862 and located on the junction of Walton Road and Hurst Road in Walton-on-Thames. Damaged by a fire, The Apps Court Tavern was reconstructed in 1865. The tavern was named after the Apps Court area of Walton-on-Thames. The Apps Court Tavern was sadly demolished in 1965s. (Walton & Weybridge: A dictionary of local history, 1978; Hughes, 2003)
 
The Ashley Arms
The Ashley Arms, built around 1865 (Walton & Weybridge: A dictionary of local history, 1978), was located on The Halfway Green in Walton-on-Thames, approximately around the site of the current Kia Motors UK Head Office. The Ashley Arms was demolished around 1990 (The lost pubs project, n.d.).
 
The Plough/The Last Viceroy/Impressions
A Plough Inn existed in Walton-on-Thames as far back as 1778. The original Plough was located opposite the current Ashley First School in Ashley Road, Walton-on-Thames. The Plough was later rebuilt close to this site at the Junction of The High Street and Ashley Road in Walton-on-Thames. The name of the pub was changed to The Last Viceroy in 1985, before quickly reverting to The Plough shortly afterwards (Hughes, 2003). The pub also briefly hosted a night club called Impressions. The Plough eventually closed and the building is now occupied Zio’s Italian Restaurant.
 
The Builders Arms, later The Kiwi and The Wellington
The Builders Arms was built in 1871 (Hughes, 2003) and located near the High Street in Walton-on-Thames. The building was replaced in 1938 by a red brick building that now stands on the corner of the High Street and New Zealand Avenue (Walton & Weybridge: A dictionary of local history, 1978). The name was changed to the Kiwi in 1956 and The Wellington in 1886 (Hughes, 2003) in honour of the New Zealand General Hospital 2 which was located at Mount Felix in Walton-on-Thames. The pub was badly damaged by a fire in 2014 that started in the roof during building work. The Wellington remains closed and may possibly be converted into a restaurant.
 
The Railway Tavern, later The Halfway House 
The Halfway House was located at 40 Hersham Road on the corner of the Halfway Green in Walton-on-Thames. The pub was originally named the Railway Tavern and later renamed The Halfway House. Built in 1839, the pub was demolished and replaced by a restaurant (Le Terraza) and block of flats (Kings Court).
 
The Dukes Head
The Dukes Head, was constructed in 1791/1792 and located on the site of the current Carpetright (former Woolworths site). The earliest building closed in 1966 and was replaced by a modern version of the building in 1966, located in Hepworth Way. The Dukes Head was eventually demolished and replaced by Waitrose/Colwell House. (Walton & Weybridge: A dictionary of local history, 1978; Hughes, 2003)
 
Slug and Lettuce, later The Noble Vine
Originally the Slug and Lettuce and later the Noble Vine, both bars in the High Street in Walton-on-Thames. The Noble Vine closed in 2014 and was replaced by Craft and Grill.
 
The John O’Gaunt, later The Walton
Originally called The John O’Gaunt and later renamed The Walton, the pub was built around 1938. Once located on the corner of Cottimore Lane and Terrace Road, the pub was demolished and replaced by a block of flats Cranbourne Court. (Walton & Weybridge: A dictionary of local history, 1978; Hughes, 2003)
References
Barker, J. L. & Barker D. M. (1994). A window on Walton-on-Thames. Addlestone: Borough Books.
Hughes. (2003). Images of England: Walton-on-Thames. Stroud: Tempus Publishing.
Pubs History (n.d.). The Dolphin. Retrieved from: http://pubshistory.com/SurreyPubs/WaltonThames/Dolphin.shtml
The Lost Pubs Project. (n.d). Ashley Arms. Retrieved from: http://www.closedpubs.co.uk/surrey/waltononthames_ashleyarms.html
Walton-on-Thames and Weybridge: A dictionary of local history (3rd Ed.). (1978). Walton and Weybridge Local History Society.