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Colliers Wood SW19, is an area in south west London with excellent commuter links into central London. The tube station, which is grade 2 listed, opened in September 1926 and saw 6.31 million people board its trains in 2014. July 2010 saw the first Barclays Cycle Superhighway opened, with a continuous bicycle lane known as CS7 which links Colliers Wood with Southwark Bridge in the centre of London.
The borough takes its name from a wood that stood to the East of Colliers Wood High Street, approximately where Warren, Malbourgh and Birdhurst Roads are and remained until the 1870’s.
Colliers Wood is home to three parks: a recreation ground, the National Trust-owned Wandle Park, which covers an area of approximately 11 acres, and the Wandle Meadow Nature Park.
The area is rich in history! Not only can this be seen in the beautiful period properties but in Merton Abbey Mills which is home to the 12th century medieval ruin Merton Priory, which saw Henry VI crowned King of England. The site was acquired by the famous textile designer William Morris in 1881 and later Liberty & Co. Merton Abbey Mills has now been converted and plays host to arts, crafts and an artisan food market. The site makes for wonderful walks along the river as well offering a variety of live music events and family fun days in the spring and summer.
Colliers Wood is an up and coming area that already boasts a large variety of shops, bars and restaurants. These include the Tandem Centre and Priory Retail Park offering a selection of popular high street brands. The high street has many pubs to quench your thirst including the well known Charles Holden pub which is located opposite the Tube Station and Ellison's Office. The pub takes its name from the architect that designed Colliers Wood tube station
Colliers Wood is currently under going a massive regeneration programme with the Colliers Wood Tower being completely changed with design led cool exterior and 160 phased luxury flats being built inside. The ground floor of the building will play host to a brand new gym and a Waitrose.
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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?
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Raynes Park, SW20 is an emerging and dynamic town centre which is growing year by year. Major brands are beginning to open up such as Waitrose, Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Costa Coffee and Starbucks, a sure sign that things are progressing in an area.
Raynes Park is situated in South West London in the London Borough of Merton less than 10 miles from the Centre of London. Raynes Park British Rail taking 21 minutes to Waterloo with 17 trains per hour in peak times!
The opening up of the Railway station in 1871 changed the area from farming country to residential land development.
A major player in this development was Richard Garth, Lord of the Manor of Morden who began laying out the suburb. Grand Drive was originally built as a carriage way to the railway station with the first road being Blenheim Road. Large mansions appeared on Grand Drive in the 1880’s with the Apostles being built in the 1890’s. There were 12 roads built hence the name Apostles, roads such as Aston Road, Prince Georges Road, Edna Road and Chestnut Road are exceedingly sought after.
In the 1930’s the Cannon Hill Estate was built by George Blay. Most were quite spacious and a mixture of both terraced and semi detached houses. George Blay picked up oak pick-axe handles from a job lot left over from the First World War. The first case of property recycling? Cannon Hill Lane, Parkway and Elm Walk SW20 are good examples of Blay built houses.
The Morden Homes and Estate Company was busy building houses in the Motspur Park area starting with Phyllis Road. Motspur Park once again started to be developed with the opening of Motspur Park Railway Station in 1925. Many of these roads were named after people such as Adela, Estella, Arthur and Douglas!
Raynes Park, taking its name from the station continued to grow with an impressive church, and a golf club. The railway formed an unofficial boundary line between Raynes Park and the rapidly developing West Wimbledon.
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Wimbledon is one of South West London’s most desirable locations to live in. Its vibrant, buzzy town Centre with restaurants, pubs and wine bars is known the world over, not just for its tennis championships.
Wimbledon is situated within one of the greenest London Boroughs and by far the largest open space is Wimbledon Common. Wimbledon transport facilities are excellent with the District Line Underground Station, the British Rail Station, which takes approximately 17 minutes to Waterloo, the Tramlink to Croydon, Wimbledon Chase British Rail and the Northern Line underground station at South Wimbledon.
Wimbledon has the benefit of the beautiful Wimbledon Theatre on the Broadway and the famous children’s Polka Dot Theatre. Many of the world’s major brands are represented on the high street as well as department stores such as Debenhams, Marks and Spencer, Elys, Waitrose, Morrison’s, not forgetting individual boutique type stores.
Wimbledon common is rich in history. The common was previously used for rifle shooting before it moved to Bisley; the home of William Wilberforce who succeeded in abolishing slavery in Britain’s overseas possessions, and also for its Windmill which was working until 1864. Wimbledon was the home of Lord Nelson when he was with Lady Hamilton and numerous roads in the area are named after him and his battles, such as Hardy Rd, Nelson Rd, Victory Rd and Trafalgar Rd. There are several notable conservation areas in the district. South Park Gardens Conservation Area has many fine Victorian and Edwardian houses. The conservation area takes its name from the small park which its roads are set around. Roads in the South Park Garden Conservation Area are South Park Rd, Florence Rd, Clarence Rd, Effra Rd, Kings Rd, Dudley Rd and Princess Road to name but a few.
Near Wimbledon station is the John Innes Wilton Crescent Conservation Area, the northern part of his development centred on Merton Park. Other conservation roads in this area include Quinton, Richmond and Chatsworth Avenues.
Other well known areas in Wimbledon are the Poets Roads, named after celebrated writers such as Milton Rd, Dryden Rd, Garfield Rd and Wilfred Owen Close.
A very desirable location close to the town centre is a group of roads known as the Ministers. These roads are named after ministers and prime ministers of Great Briton, such as Gladstone Road, Pelham Road, Griffiths Road, Balfour Road, and Palmerston Road. They are a mixture of Victorian and late Georgian style properties.
Wimbledon has great schools including the famous Kings College School, Donhead School, Wimbledon High School for Girls, Wimbledon College for Boys, The Ursuline Convent, The priory School, Holy Trinity School, Garfield School and Pelham School.
It’s a very popular place to bring up a family and Wimbledon has proved to be one of London’s best areas to invest in.
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