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Coordinates: 51°22′31″N 0°14′20″W / 51.3752°N 0.2390°W / 51.3752; -0.2390

Worcester Park
Worcester Park is located in Greater London
Worcester Park

 Worcester Park shown within Greater London
Population 10,240 (Worcester Park ward 2007)[1]
OS grid reference TQ225655
    - Charing Cross 10.2 mi (16.4 km)  NE
London borough Sutton
Ceremonial county Greater London
Region London
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town WORCESTER PARK
Postcode district KT4
Dialling code 020
Police Metropolitan
Fire London
Ambulance London
EU Parliament London
UK Parliament Sutton and Cheam
London Assembly Croydon and Sutton
List of places: UK • England • London

Worcester Park is a suburb of London, England and a ward in the extreme north west of the London Borough of Sutton. It is 10.2 miles (16.4 km) southwest of Charing Cross. The population of the ward in 2007 was 10,240.[1]

The Worcester Park post town, which is coterminous with the KT4 postal district, is somewhat larger than the Worcester Park ward of the London Borough of Sutton and includes parts within the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames in Greater London and Epsom and Ewell in Surrey.

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Demographics

Around 90% of Worcester Park residents are White, with 1.9% mixed race, 4.8% Asian or British Asian, 1.3% Black and 2% Chinese or of another ethnic group.[2]

Transport

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Bus

Worcester Park is well served with regular bus services to Kingston Upon Thames and Sutton on the 213 (London General) bus route that runs up Central Road. There are also buses to Heathrow Airport and Croydon on the hourly X26 express bus service. The S3 "hoppa" bus service to Sutton Hospital runs via Sainsbury's supermarket in North Cheam. The 151 bus route also runs into Worcester Park and terminates at Worcester Park railway station before returning though Sutton to Wallington. Quality Line (owned by Epsom Coaches) operate the E15 and E16 bus services to and from Epsom which travel through residential parts of Ewell and Stoneleigh. The 213 bus service runs through Worcester Park via Cheam to Sutton, and in the opposing direction via Old Malden, New Malden and onwards to Kingston Upon Thames. A decision was recently made to extend the S3 bus service to Manor House, rather then terminating at the Worcester Park train station.

Rail

Worcester Park railway station is in Zone 4, served by the National Rail services of South West Trains and is on the boundary with the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames. The Worcester Park line runs from London Waterloo, via Wimbledon and through Worcester Park to Epsom and Guildford. Worcester Park is approximately a 25 minute journey to London Waterloo by train.

Sport and recreation

  • Worcester Park Cricket Club is located on Green Lane.
  • Worcester Park Athletic Club on Green Lane.
  • Auriol Park in the Borough of Epsom & Ewell[3]
  • Worcester Park Football Club is based at Skinner's Field, on Green Lane. The club was founded in 1908.
  • Cazbar FC based from the Cazbar in Central Road play at Manor PArk

The nearest indoor swimming pools are located in Epsom, North Cheam and Sutton. Between 1934 and 1980 the nearest open air swimming pool was Surbiton Lagoon.

History

Worcester Park takes its name from the 4th Earl of Worcester, who was appointed Keeper of the Great Park in 1606. The area was once part of a Great Park surrounding the Nonsuch Palace of Henry VIII. Template:Dact

Cheam Common Infants and Junior schools

Cheam Common Infants and Junior schools are pre World War Two school buildings. Air raid shelters were found underground during an extension to the main building of the junior school. The school is located at the top of the high street.

Blakesley School

Wall surrounding the Blakesley School site
Worcester Court, shown on 1930 map

Blakesley School was a private primary school run by the Headmaster Eric Dudley. It closed in the summer of 1958, when the land was sold for housing. It occupied the land at grid reference TQ214654 bordered by the portion of Delta Road which was then not surfaced, Delta Close (then a gated track and public right of way leading from Delta Road to Salisbury Road), and Grafton Avenue, again not surfaced, heading towards the church.

It occupied a substantial plot of land and was a "modern manor house" style building referred to on local maps as Worcester Court. The surrounding wall is said to go back to Henry VIII's reign.[citation needed]

Parker's Field

Possibly belonging to T Parker & Sons, Landscapers, who were based at what is now a housing estate at grid reference TQ221662 beside Worcester Park Station, Parker's Field was the best toboggan run until the top half was built on in the 1970s (despite being Green Belt), when it became unusable.

Rowe Hall

The Scout HQ next door to Cuddington Primary School in Salisbury Road at grid reference TQ215650 was built in 1958 and named Rowe Hall in honour of a long serving scout mistress, "Miss Rowe", who was a teacher at Blakesley School. This hut was erected after the previous building was destroyed by arsonists and still serves the 2nd Cuddington (Rowe) Scout Group.

Worcester (Park) House

In the 1950s, the ruins of a splendid ornamental lake with a multi-arched bridge (at grid reference TQ211654) and balustrade were still visible in the woodland at the foot of the hill in "Parker's Field" (situated between Grafton Road and Old Malden Lane, and behind the still rather ramshackle stables in Grafton Road).

The house itself was not visible, nor were there any ruins apart from the lake and some mounds of bricks to be found. The lake itself had drained into the Hogsmill River, but no source of incoming water was visible. The lake dried up in the late 1940s following the rechannelling of the river.

Close to the bridge remnant to the southwest of the bridge was a ruined domed structure, all that remains of an ice house. However, it was filled with soil and other débris which prevented any investigation.

Locals presumed the house to be named "Worcester Park House", and have suggested that Blakesley School was the original house, while historical sources suggest "Worcester House".[4] However the map of 1871 shows a building labelled "Worcester Park House" to be alongside the lake, to the west of it, on land that was, in the 1950s, overgrown with trees.

Documents from H M Land registry show that the name of the building for Blakesley School was Worcester Court.

The Hamptons

The Hamptons is a development of New England style housing in Worcester Park. Created by St James Homes, The Hamptons is constructed in 30 acres (120,000 m2) of parkland on the former site of sewage works at the top of Green Lane. The site includes a conservation wetland area, amphitheatre, community centre and gym, tennis courts (for residents) and a viewing platform which affords views across to the City of London.

Controversial plans to extend The Hamptons were defeated at a special meeting of Sutton Council's Development Control Committee. The application was for permission to begin 'phases 4B and 5C' of the development of The Hamptons which would have brought at least a further 184 dwellings to the Green Lane site. Residents and local Conservative Party councillors argued that the development would have a profoundly negative impact on the local area infrastructure and the community at large, particularly citing increasingly difficult traffic problems.

Notable residents

Notes

  1. ^ a b "Mid-2007 Population Estimates for 2007 Wards in England". Office for National Statistics. 2009. http://www.statistics.gov.uk/statbase/Product.asp?vlnk=13893. Retrieved 8 February 2010. 
  2. ^ 2001 Census: Worcester Park (Ethnic Group), Office for National Statistics, http://www.neighbourhood.statistics.gov.uk/dissemination/LeadTableView.do?a=3&b=6103361&c=worcester+park&d=14&e=15&g=346359&i=1001x1003x1004&m=0&r=1&s=1236215041781&enc=1&dsFamilyId=47, retrieved 5 March 2009 
  3. ^ Auriol Park is a King George's Field. Cheam's recreational park also has a bowling green. See also List of King George V Playing Fields (Surrey) under the entry for Worcester Park
  4. ^ A brief history of Worcester Park and Cuddington, Cheam and Worcester Park on the Internet, http://www.cheamandworcesterpark.co.uk/history.htm, retrieved 24 November 2005 
  5. ^ Hunt, W.H., Pre-Raphaelitism and the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, London: Macmillan, 1905

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