A house in Merton Park
|Population||9,485 (2011 Census. Ward)|
|OS grid reference|
|Ceremonial county||Greater London|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|Postcode district||SW19 and SW20|
Merton Park is a suburb in the London Borough of Merton. It is situated in Wimbledon and the nearest town centre is Wimbledon Town. Bordering areas are Colliers Wood, Morden, South Wimbledon and Raynes Park. It is 7.25 miles (11.7 km) southwest of Charing Cross.It lies 2.8 miles east of Kingston upon Thames, 3 miles west of Mitcham and 3.5 miles north of Sutton.
Roads in Merton Park include: Mostyn Road, Kenley road, Dorset Road, Windermere Avenue and Watery Lane. All of Merton Park which is in SW19 is part of Wimbledon Town Centre and some roads in SW20 are part of Bushey Park and Raynes Park Town Centre.
Until the last quarter of the 19th century, the parish of Merton was mainly rural. The area now known as Merton Park was farm land owned by City merchant John Innes who was the local "lord of the manor". The rapid development of Wimbledon to the north encouraged Innes to develop his land for housing. He took as his model the garden suburbs (particularly Bedford Park in Chiswick) and developed the tree-lined roads of detached and semi-detached houses for which the area is known.
The northern section of Merton Park each side of Kingston Road (A238) is now a conservation area.
The approximate boundaries of the Merton Park area can be considered to be Kingston Road (A238) to the north, Dorset Road (B285) and Morden Road (A24) to the east, Martin Way to the south and Cannon Hill Lane to the west. Additionally, the area north of Kingston Road between Merton Hall Road, Avebury Road and Kingswood Road is often included. This definition of the area does not correspond directly with the Local Government ward of the same name which for administrative convenience includes areas as far south as Morden South railway station.
The area contains two state schools: Merton Park Primary and Rutlish School (boys) and is almost entirely residential in character without shops or pubs except a bar at the Old Rutlishians ('Old Ruts') playing field and clubhouse in Poplar Road.
The area is served by Wimbledon Chase Railway Station, (located just outside the area), and South Merton Railway Station, both providing a 2 t.p.h. Thameslink service towards Central London or Sutton.
Wimbledon station provides access to London Waterloo and the District line.
The London Trams also serve the area from Merton Park tram stop.
Parks in the area include:
- John Innes Park & Recreation Ground
- Mostyn Gardens
- Kendor Gardens
- Church Lane Playing Fields
- St Mary's Glebe
In the arts, folk singer Sandy Denny was born here.
Ronnie Wood from the Rolling Stones lived on Mostyn Road with his wife Jo and their children after they moved back to the UK from America in 1986. They left the area in 1991.
- "Merton Ward population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 11 October 2016.
Merton Park is part of Richmond and Wimbledon Village Parish. House prices range from the lowest at £1,000,000 and a maximum of £12,000,000.