Area guide & history of Morden
Morden is a suburban town in South West London set within the London Borough of Merton.
The town of Morden started to expand once the Northern line underground was extended to Morden in 1926.
The majority of the area was built in the late 1920’s and 1930’s. Builders such as George Blay, Selley, Crouch and Bilham built good quality homes with generous sized gardens and garages taking into account the growing number of people with motor cars. They were a mixture of styles, art deco, mock Tudor and utilitarian all who now have a good following. An example of Blay houses can be found in Cherrywood Lane, Northway, and Cannon Hill Lane. Selley built homes are to be found in the Hillcross area, namely Hillcross Avenue, Shaldon Drive and Templecombe Way Morden. Crouch built Tudor style homes that are found on the Morden Park estate in roads such as Lower Morden Lane, Aragon Rd and Kingsbridge Road. Bilham built properties are found in Chalgrove Avenue, Elsirick Avenue and parts of London Rd Morden.
St Helier Estate was built in 1928 and named after the Baroness St Helier. The roads were alphabetical from Morden Town Centre starting at Abbotsbury and going out to Carshalton with roads such as Woburn.
Some historical buildings still exist such as Morden Hall Park dating back to the 1770’s, the house and extensive grounds are now in the hands of the National Trust.
Morden benefits from many parks and green open spaces, such as Morden Park, Ravensbury Park and Morden Hall Park. The houses have substantially bigger gardens then those built closer to London in the Victorian and Edwardian eras.
Transport facilities are excellent with Morden Northern Line Underground Station, Morden South Railway Station, South Merton British Rail Station, St Helier Railway Station, Morden Road Tram Stop and Mitcham Tram Stop. Buses serving Wimbledon, Mitcham, Colliers Wood and Sutton Town Centre can be found at the Merton Bus Terminus.
Morden represents excellent value in today’s housing market both in terms of buying and renting.
Excellent local schools such as Hillcross Primary School, Merton Park Primary School, John Fisher R.C School, Raynes Park High School, Ricards Lodge High School, Ursuline High School, Wimbledon College, South Thames College and the Harris Academy.
Morden Town Centre has major outlets such as Sainsbury’s, Boots, Superdrug, Lidl and Iceland as well as a plethora of restaurants. Merton Council has initiated plans which may transform Morden Town Centre in the years to come which could benefit Morden as the transformation of Wimbledon did in the 1980’s. Could this be an even better reason to invest in the area?