Duke s head on coronation of 1911

The Duke's Head: Hepworth Way Crossroads, Walton

In the early 20th Century, the crossroads at the top of Hepworth Way was only a T-junction between Church Street, Bridge Street and the High Street. Anyone approaching it from Church Street would have been faced by a row of buildings which no longer exist, rather than the entrance to Hepworth Way.

One of these buildings was The Duke’s Head Public House. Established in 1792, the pub was at the heart of community life in the High Street for over 150 years. It appears repeatedly in Elmbridge Museum’s records, at the centre of local events such as the celebrations for the coronation of King George V in 1911, in which the pub was heavily decorated with flags and bunting.

Later, in the mid-1900s, the pub was run by Mr and Mrs Parsonson, a couple who were equally as involved in their local community, and often fundraised for local organisations through their pub. The buildings were demolished in the 1960s to make space for Hepworth Way, which was developed into the main road which can be seen today when the new shopping precinct was created in 1965. A replacement Duke's Head pub was built in Hepworth Way, and it appears in the 1973 horror blockbuster, 'Psychomania', which was shot in Walton. The pub was closed in 2005 and also demolished.

Visit Walton Library at 54 Hepworth Way to see the heritage trail panel.

Elmbridge High Streets Heritage Trail
  1. Woolworths: 27b High Street, Weybridge
  2. The Post Office: 42 High Street, Weybridge
  3. Frisby's Shoe Shop: 8 Baker Street, Weybridge
  4. A. Ruffle's Shoe Shop: 41 Baker Street, Weybridge
  5. Bannister's Drapers Shop: 4 - 6 Waterloo Terrace, Baker Street, Weybridge
  6. Weybridge Museum: Library Building, Church Street, Weybridge
  7. Church House Antiques: 42 Church Street, Weybridge
  8. Portmore House: 54 Church Street, Weybridge
  9. Hasletts Drapers: 60a Church Street, Weybridge
  10. The Duke's Head: Hepworth Way Crossroads, Walton
  11. Annett's China Shop: Hepworth Way Crossroads, Walton
  12. Henry Ireton's House: 47 High Street, Walton
  13. Rogers & Sons: 51 High Street, Walton
  14. The Regal Cinema: 2 The Heart, New Zealand Avenue, Walton
  15. The Old Library: 72 High Street, Walton