Morden is a district in the London Borough of Merton. It is located approximately 8 miles South-southwest of central London between Merton Park and Wimbledon, Mitcham, Sutton and Worcester Park, Morden had a population of 48,233 in 2011. Morden might get its name either from the British language words Mawr and Dun, small Roman artifacts, mainly coins and pottery, have been found at various locations within the area although there is no evidence of any settlement. In 1086, the Domesday Book recorded the manor as Mordone and it was held by Westminster Abbey and its assets were,3 hides,1 mill worth £2 and 7 ploughs. Fourteen people were recorded as living in the area, the manor and village remained abbey property until the Dissolution of the Monasteries in Henry VIIIs reign when the manor was sold to Lionel Ducket and Edward Whitchurch. Together, they sold it on the year to Sir Richard Garth who became Lord of the Manor. The Garth family owned the land and maintained their connection with the parish for the four centuries. The prominence of the Garth family is recorded locally in the name of Garth Road, Lower Morden, the two lions included in the present civic arms of the London Borough of Merton are adopted from the arms of Sir Richard. While the population of Wimbledon grew hugely from 1,591 in 1801 to 41,652 in 1901, the population of Morden was 512 in 1801 and, one hundred years later, had grown to just 960. In 1871, the area of the parish of Morden was 1,474.926 acres with the village clustered around St Lawrence’s church at the top of the hill on the road from London to Epsom. Approximately half a mile to the west of the main village, close to the church were the George Inn, a 17th-century coaching inn, the estate of Morden Park and a school. The other main public house in the village was the Crown Inn, the rest of what is now the commercial centre of Morden was fields. By 1898, the works had gone and there was a brickworks on the site of Mostyn Gardens in Martin Way. Under the Local Government Act,1894, the parish of Morden formed part of the Croydon Rural District of Surrey, Morden was merged with the Merton Urban District, in 1913, to form the Merton and Morden Urban District. Away from the new centre of Morden, the existing rural roads were widened and rebuilt. Further transport improvements came with the construction of a new Southern Railway branch line from Wimbledon to Sutton via stations at South Merton, the new line opened in January 1930. As a result of the new links, the population of Morden increased rapidly from 1,355 in 1921 to 12,618 in 1931. In the next fifteen years, the continued to grow
Image: Morden Hall Park 3
A map of Morden from 1944
Morden Hall Park, 5 minutes walk from the town centre.