Living in Wallington
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What Is Life Like In Wallington?
Wallington is a thriving town in the London Borough of Sutton, just 11 miles from central London.
The town and its leafy suburbs are well-known for its fantastic schools and is home to three of the borough’s five grammar schools (Wallington County Grammar School, Wallington High School for Girls and Wilson’s School), making it a desirable place to live for families.
In the last five years, property prices have risen by 20% (according to Zoopla), but the area remains one of the last pockets of affordable housing within London.
History Of Wallington
Wallington (derived from the Anglo Saxon word Waletone, meaning village of the Britons) is listed in the 1086 Doomesday Book as owned by William the Conqueror and having 2 mills, 11 ploughs and 8 acres of meadow. While the mills have been long demolished, the mill pond is still present and known as The Grange boating lake.
In 1847, the railway opened – originally named Carshalton station, as the owner of Carshalton Park objected to the railway line being built close to Carshalton village, so instead it was built in the open fields of Wallington. This spurred on development throughout the town, with Nathaniel Bridges creating an estate of gothic villas during the 1860s.
The area around Holy Trinity Church (known as Wallington Old Town) still has some stunning Victorian and Edwardian homes; especially in Clifton Road, Belmont Road and Park Road. This development continued southwards, towards Woodcote and by the First World War, a section of Woodcote Road had become the town’s new High Street.
Speaking of the First World War; the area was renowned for the production of lavender oil between the Victorian era until 1914. This local industry is commemorated with a lavender plant sculpture located at the junction of Woodcote Road and Stafford Road, lavender-themed Christmas lights and lavender local Scout group logos.
Days Out In Wallington
Whether you choose to stay local and explore the town’s parks and shops, or venture further afield to the nearby towns, including Carshalton, Croydon and Sutton, Wallington and the surrounding area has many days out to offer! From shopping meccas to delicious dining, leisure centres and children’s activities, there’s plenty to see and do within just a few miles of the town.
Of course, as London is just 11 miles away, this also offers a wealth of exciting excursions – be it watching a show in the West End, indulging in a spot of afternoon tea, taking a boat ride down the Thames or exploring all the bustling capital has to see and do!
One annual town event not to be missed is the crowning of the Wallington May Queen! The traditional event has been taking place since 1903 and begins with a procession. Girls from the age of three join in and progress to become eligible to be declared May Queen at the age of nine.
Things To Do In Wallington
Over the last decade, Wallington’s shopping scene has attracted High Street names to the town. Just a few large retailers now with stores in the town include Café Nero, Sainsbury’s and Boots, making it the perfect place to visit for all of your day-to-day needs and more!
If you’re a fan of buying fresh and locally made produce, be sure to check out the town’s Farmers’ Market, held on the second Saturday of each month outside the old Town Hall.
Wallington is home to Sutton Community Farm - the only one of its kind in London! This community-based social enterprise aims to increase access to fresh and healthy sustainable food and bring together local residents.
The town also has relaxing recreational parks including Mellows Park, Beddington Park and the Grange Gardens, which provide lovely spots for a stroll in the fresh air.
Schools In Wallington
Wallington has a number of excellent schools and educational facilities within close proximity.
Primary and first schools include:
- Amy Johnson Primary School
- Bandon Hill Primary School
- Beddington Infants' School
- Foresters Primary School
- Hackbridge Primary School
- High View Primary School
- Holy Trinity CofE Junior School
- Sherwood Park School
- St Elphege's RC Infants' & Junior School
- Collingwood School
Secondary schools include:
- Wallington County Grammar School
- Wallington High School For Girls
- Wilson's School
Higher education institutions include:
- Sutton College
Transport In Wallington
Wallington has fantastic transport links, with trains, buses and roads connecting to nearby towns, villages and London.
Regular services run from Wallington to destinations such as London Victoria (in 30 minutes), Epsom Downs and Epsom (both in 17 minutes) and Sutton (6 minutes).
Buses and coaches
Wallington is served by many bus operators, including Go Ahead London, London General and Arriva London, who have routes to Carshalton, Sutton, Tooting, Croydon and Crystal Palace.
National Express also run services with routes covering Wallington such as; the 025 from London Victoria to Gatwick Airport and Brighton, and 027 from Victoria to Chichester.
Gatwick airport is located just 30 minutes away, whilst Heathrow can be reached in 53 minutes.
Wallington is conveniently located 11 miles from central London, which can be reached within 40 minutes, via both the A23 and A237.
Brighton is only 65 minutes from the town, whilst Guildford can be reached in less than 50 minutes. The M25 is only 25 minutes away.