Waste Disposal Thames Ditton
Few little facts about Thames-Ditton
Thames Ditton is a village in Surrey.Thames Ditton appears in Domesday Book of 1086 as Ditone and Ditune.
Between 1911 and 1980, the village was home to the AC Cars factory, which was latterly located in the High Street at a site since developed into a residential and office complex. The original AC Cars site at Ferry Works, by the river, was earlier the base of Willans and Robinson who in the late 1800s made a high-speed steam engine (the Willans engine) used for early generation of electric power in places such as the Vienna Opera House. The works is preserved and still in use by a number of commercial companies including a major TV network service and a company specialising in numerically-controlled machines. Rola Celestion were also located for some years at the site, producing the famous 'Ditton' Range of loudspeakers. Across Summer Road from Ferry Works, the Burton Foundry was supreme in its field in the early 1900s, and cast the bronze statues of Eros in Picadilly Circus, the Quadriga on the Wellington Arch, and many major statues from Penang to Perth.
The poet Eric Wilson Barker (1905 - 1973) spent his childhood in Thames Ditton, attending the old church school in Church Walk before his family emigrated to California for health reasons. Barker became a celebrated poet and was offered the laureateship of California, which he declined. He revisited his Thames Ditton birthplace in 1959 and wrote to a friend: 'I visited an ancient pub, The Old Harrow near Weston Green. I always remember the lines on the signboard of that inn when I was a kid.... There it was too and the old weatherworn sign with the letters a bit dim but still legible!' Barker wrote a poem "IN THAMES DITTON" in 'Looking for Water', published by Crighton House Inc. New York, 1964: "In Thames Ditton I remembered a clock....."
Andrew Doughty, a retired anaesthetist, lives in the village.