Raynes Park is a residential suburb and local centre within the London Borough of Merton, situated between Wimbledon, to the east, and New Malden, to the west, in South West London. It is 8.2 miles south-west of Charing Cross, Raynes Park had a population of 19,619 in 2011, which refers to the populations of the wards of Raynes Park and West Barnes. Raynes Park is 8.2 miles from Central London and has one of the largest proportions of green space in South West London. The area has a number of parks including Cottenham Park Recreation Ground, named after Charles Pepys, 1st Earl of Cottenham, Cannon Hill Common covers 21 hectares of open space, and is a site of borough importance – Grade 1 for Nature Conservation. It contains mature woodland that is over 140 years old and provides a habitat for a variety of fauna, for earlier history see Merton and Wimbledon. Historically, the area of Raynes Park south of Coombe Lane and Kingston Road was part of the parish of Merton, the area remained rural until late into the 19th century. The first development in the area was the opening of the London & South Western Railway in May 1838 which crossed the area on a high embankment, although the station did not open until later. Cottenham Park to the north of the station was the first part of the area to be out for development in the 1870s. It takes its named from Charles Pepys, 1st Earl of Cottenham who lived in Wimbledon until his death in 1851, the name refers to the Rayne family, the previous landowners of the farmland on which Garth intended to build. Garth laid out the section of Grand Drive, about as far south as Heath Drive. A number of detached houses were constructed, but Garths absence as Chief Justice of Bengal slowed the development and much of the rest of the area became a golf course and cricket grounds. South of the railway, the twelve terraced roads known locally as the Apostles were laid out over a former cricket ground starting during the Victorian period, in the 1920s, the Kingston Bypass and its spur, Bushey Road, were built as dual carriageways. South of the railway, the majority of development occurred in the 1930s with Grand Drive being extended south into Lower Morden. Much of the area remains open space, during World War II the area suffered considerable bombing, especially in 1944 from the V-1 flying bomb. Raynes Park station is on the National Rail network, the station is at the junction of the branch line heading towards Epsom and Dorking and has four platforms. A distinctive local landmark is the footbridge which spans all four main running lines at an angle of about 45 degrees. Another distinctive feature of the station is that the platforms are not opposite each other, the station benefits from frequent train services to central London, with approximately 210 trains to Waterloo each day, averaging about 12 per hour during service hours. Raynes Park is effectively divided into two by the Waterloo - Southampton mainline railway, Bushey Road connects the Kingston Bypass to Wimbledon Chase and Merton Park
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Across Cannon Hill Common to Wimbledon.
The Raynes Park Tavern from the high footbridge at the station