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Morden Hall Park
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Morden Hall
Type Park
Proprietor National Trust
Managed by Hall is a private restaurant
Size 125 acres (0.5 km2)
Main feature Historic parkland
Other features Snuff Mill (education centre)
Public access Yes, not house
Museum No
Exhibition No
Region Greater London
Address Morden Hall Road
Postcode Morden SM4
Refreshments Yes
Parking Yes
Shop Yes
51°24′4″N 0°11′15″W / 51.40111°N 0.1875°W / 51.40111; -0.1875Coordinates: 51°24′4″N 0°11′15″W / 51.40111°N 0.1875°W / 51.40111; -0.1875

Morden Hall Park is a National Trust park located on the banks of the river Wandle in Morden, south London. It covers over 50ha (125 acres) of parkland with the River Wandle meandering through it spanned by numerous foot bridges. The estate contains Morden Hall itself, Morden Cottage, an old Snuff Mill, and many old farm buildings, some of which are now a garden centre and a city farm. The rose garden has over 2000 roses.

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History

The estate land was originally owned by Westminster Abbey. There is evidence of an earlier manor-house, but the Hall dates back to the 1770s and contains a variety of natural landscapes including the parkland of the "Deer Park", meadow and marshland. A number of historic buildings are located in the park including the Hall itself and preserved watermills where tobacco was once ground into snuff.

The Hall was owned and occupied by the Garth family for generations. It was occupied as a school for young gentlmen about 1840 until it was sold by Sir Richard Garth to a tobacco merchant Gilliat Hatfeild (1827–1906) in the 1870s.

The Hall was a military hospital during the First World War.

Gilliat Hatfeild's son, Gilliat Edward Hatfeild (1864–9 February 1941), left the core of the estate (including the house) to the National Trust when he died. The Hall is now a restaurant and function rooms.

Morden Hall Park House

Gilliat Edward Hatfeild lived at the nearby Morden Cottage which he considered better suited to his life as a bachelor. The formal garden of the cottage is surrounded by an unusual collection of ornamental trees, including one of the oldest yews in England.

Outside of the main park, the remainder of the estate has been swallowed up in housing developments stretching between Morden, South Wimbledon and Collier's Wood and an industrial estate at Deer Park Road.

Access

The main entrance to the park is a short walk from Morden town centre, and car parking is available at the main entrance. The Snuff Mill and Riverside Café are adjacent to the main entrance.[1]

The Tramlink light rail line from Wimbledon to Croydon runs through the northern part of the park, and Phipps Bridge and Morden Road tram stops give access to the park. Both tram stops are a 0.5 mi (0.80 km) walk through the park to the Snuff Mill and Riverside Café. Morden tube station and Morden South railway station are respectively 0.25 mi (0.40 km) and 0.5 mi (0.80 km) walk through the town centre from the main entrance.[1]

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