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All in the past. Things may well have changed since these photographs were taken.
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Click to enlargeWalton Hall on a clear August night.
Click to enlargeWalton Hall in Spring, viewed from the south.
[May 2017]
Click to enlargeWalton Hall and the ancient Water Gate. The Water Gate is the only part of the original crenellated building remaining.
© John S. Sargent, 13th March 2008
Click to enlargeWalton Hall viewed from the Iron Bridge. The footbridge is the only permanaent means of access to the island.
© John S. Sargent, 18th March 2008.
Click to enlargeA view from the east side of the hall. Photgraphed from the golf course after a fall of snow.
© John S. Sargent, 19th December 2009.
Click to enlargeWalton Hall.
© John S. Sargent, 7th April 2009.
Click to enlargeRear view of the hall showing the extension housing the bar, and, on the extreme left, the Boulby Sundial.
© John S. Sargent, 12th August 2002.
Click to enlargeThe portico. © John S. Sargent, 28th August 2002.
Click to enlargeThe boat house at the rear of the hall.
© John S. Sargent, 28th August 2002.
Click to enlargeThe rear entrance to the hall. The bar and leisure centre are to the left.
© John S. Sargent, 20th March 2003.
Click to enlargeThe Family Crest, an otter with a pike in its mouth. © John S. Sargent, 8th December 2001.
Click to enlargeCoats of Arms, formerly on display in the entrance hall of Walton Hall. These have since been removed. The oak-panelled entrance hall was perhaps reused from the earlier house demolished by Charles Waterton's father, Thomas. There is an elaborate Jacobean carved oak overmantel.
© John S. Sargent, 12 Aug 2002.
Click to enlargeThe family motto reads: "Better kinde frembd than frembd kyen." Equivalent to: "Better friendly strangers than deceitful friends." or "Better among strangers than estranged kin." Another interpretation is "Better a stranger who becomes a friend than a friend who becomes a stranger."
© John S. Sargent, 2017.
Click to enlargeThe front door at Walton Hall. Above the double doors is the family crest - an otter.
© John S. Sargent, 8th December 2001.
Click to enlargeThis chap on the front door is happy, the door knocker does not move and he enjoys the joke. The door knockers were designed by Waterton's friend, Captain Edwin Jones, who also painted the well known picture of the Squire astride a captured cayman.
© John S. Sargent, 17th March 2009.
Click to enlargeThis poor fellow seems to be in pain. Apparently a likeness of the Squire, the door knocker on the righthand door works and so contributes even more to the anguish exhibited by the face.
© John S. Sargent, 17th March 2009.
Click to enlargeAmabil Waterton's headstone, mounted on the wall in Charlie's Bar (formerly Amabil's Bar). The bar has been refurbished since this photograph was taken.
© John S. Sargent, 21st June 2009.
Click to enlargeClose-up of Amabil's headstone. There is a story that refers to Amabil as a being a duck, but it was Amabil Waterton (b. 14 May 1868, d. 26 Sep 1868), the daughter of Edmund and Margaret Alicia Josephine, who died in her infancy and was buried here in what was once the family chapel.
© John S. Sargent, 10th August 2002.
Click to enlarge"Charlie's Bar" in Walton Hall. Open to non-residents and conveniently situated near the Trans Pennine Trail. The bar has been refurbished since this photograph was taken
© John S. Sargent, 23rd March 2003.
Click to enlargeView of the gardens on the island at Walton Hall.
© John S. Sargent, 11th July 2003.
Click to enlargeThe passage between Charlie's Bar and the main staircase and reception area. This area retains its wood panelling. Photographed as the Christmas and New Year period was coming to a reluctant end.
Click to enlargeView of the lake and small island at Walton Hall. Doubtless, the Old Squire used to spend time looking out on the haven for wildlife that he had created.
© John S. Sargent, 11th July 2003.
Click to enlargeInterior of one of the public rooms in Walton Hall.
© John S. Sargent, 11th July 2003.
One day, when I was in the class of poetry, and which was about two years before I left the college [Stonyhurst] for good and all, he [Father Clifford] called me up to his room. "Charles," he said to me in a tone of voice perfectly irresistible, "I have long been studying your disposition, and I clearly foresee that nothing will keep you at home. You will journey into far distant countries, where you will be exposed to many dangers. There is only one way for you to escape them. Promise me that, from this day forward, you will never put your lips to wine, or to spirituous liquors. The sacrifice is nothing," added he, "but, in the end, it will prove of incalculable advantage to you." I agreed to his enlightened proposal; and, from that hour to this, which is now about nine and thirty years, I have never swallowed one glass of any kind of wine, or of ardent spirits.
Charles Waterton, Walton Hall, 30/12/1837 (from his autobiography).

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