Place:Walton, Derbyshire, England


Alt namesWaletunesource: Domesday Book (1985) p 71
TypeInhabited place
Coordinates53.217°N 1.45°W
Located inDerbyshire, England
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Walton is a suburb of Chesterfield. Among its attractions are a few shops, a golf course, and a pub called The Blue Stoops on Matlock Road (A632).

The name Walton comes from settlement/farmstead of Wealas - native Celts which is what the new Anglo Saxon speaking peoples called the native inhabitants of England. There is strong evidence that in many areas of England taken over by Germanic speaking settlers, the native British (Wealas) remained undisturbed, farming the same land they did when the Romans left. Over time they just adopted or forgot their Celtic tongue (similar to Old Welsh/Cornish) for the language and culture of the newcomers in order to climb the social ladder or were coerced to do so. It was in the Anglo Saxon interest that the native British carry on as usual to ensure the economy produced food and goods for the new landowners.

There are two Christian churches in Walton: St. John's (Anglican) and Walton Evangelical Church. In 2006, the rebuilt St. John's was opened and is able to accommodate a larger congregation than the previous building. It is situated on the edge of the countryside, while Walton Evangelical is situated in the heart of the suburb.

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