29 June 2016
WALTON is steeped in history, its fascinating past dating back to Saxon times. But it is the present-day appeal of the village that has created one of the biggest increases in property prices across the Wakefield district.
Our analysis of independent data has shown that overall sold prices have risen by 13% - lucky for some of our sellers! - in just 12 months.*
With an overall average price now standing at £236,774, Walton was more expensive than nearby Sandal (£210,872) and Crofton (£186,314), but was cheaper than Newmillerdam (£340,455).*
This has strengthened its reputation as one of the most sought-after places to live in Wakefield, retaining a strong community with a friendly village feel that appeals to our cross section of buyers.
Lying on the Barnsley Canal, the village is arguably best known for being the home of Walton Hall once the residence of Charles Waterton, the naturalist and explorer.
In 1820, he transformed its grounds into the worlds first wildfowl and nature reserve. This included building a nine-foot-high wall around 3 miles of the estate.
He is also credited with inventing the bird nesting box.
The old gatehouse still bears the marks of the cannon balls when Parliamentarians attacked the hall in the English Civil War.
More recently, the site of the now demolished local colliery was turned into another nature reserve with large lakes.
The village also boasts a small park, tennis club, football and rugby pitches, two churches, a modern school, library, a newly-renovated public house, and a sports and social club.
According to folklore, Walton was famous for its rag well, which was said to cure eye ailments if the afflicted tied strips of cloth to a tree above the well.
On Waltons doorstep lies the popular locations of Sandal and Newmillerdam, with a raft of good pubs, good restaurants, good sports including golf and rugby clubs and good walks.
Not surprisingly, population research we have carried out shows that demand for homes in Walton is likely to increase further in the future which is likely to increase the sales value of properties when they come to market.
** Data sourced from Land Registry, last updated 29th April 2016. *** Demographic information taken from Experian report Oct 2015.