Beddington Corner

Beddington Corner, Sutton/Merton

An assortment of industry, terraced housing and wilderness on the east side of the River Wandle south of Mitcham Common

The Goat - geograph-2908418-by-Dr-Neil-Clifton

Although the Bed­ding­ton Cor­ner name is used to denote the junc­tion of Goat Road, Car­shal­ton Road and Lon­don Road (also called Goat Cor­ner), the ori­gin lies in its for­mer loca­tion at the north-west cor­ner of Bed­ding­ton parish.

As the Lon­don Ency­clopae­dia says: “Place nam­ing at this point is indeed very con­fused, since this part of Bed­ding­ton became part of Walling­ton when the parish was formed in 1887; Hack­bridge, also with no offi­cial exis­tence, merges with Bed­ding­ton Cor­ner on the south; and the near­by Mitcham Junc­tion sta­tion (over the bor­ough bound­ary) gives a postal dis­trict name to this part of the Lon­don Bor­ough of Sut­ton.”

This local­i­ty once had water­cress beds and mar­ket gar­dens, a sweet-smelling laven­der and pep­per­mint dis­tillery and sev­er­al mal­odor­ous leather tan­ner­ies beside the Riv­er Wan­dle. The tan­ner­ies inspired the names of the (now van­ished) Skin­ners Arms and (extant) Goat pub­lic hous­es.

Facsimile of an advertisement in the General Evening Post, 1760
Fac­sim­i­le of an adver­tise­ment in the Gen­er­al Evening Post, 1760

In the ear­ly 19th cen­tu­ry a short branch of the horse-drawn Sur­rey Iron Rail­way came through Bed­ding­ton Cor­ner on its way to Hack­bridge Mills.

A small com­bined chapel and nation­al school was built on Mill Green in the 1840s. The struc­ture was demol­ished after All Saints church was built on Lon­don Road in 1931 (almost oppo­site what is now BedZED) for the new­ly cre­at­ed parish of Hack­bridge and Bed­ding­ton Cor­ner. The archi­tect was Hen­ry Philip Burke-​​Down­ing, who designed sev­er­al south Lon­don church­es, most notably St Barn­abas Gor­ringe Park.

Writ­ten in 2007, a Lon­don Bor­ough of Mer­ton char­ac­ter assess­ment for the area com­ments: “Goat Road ben­e­fits from eight cot­tages, one of which incor­po­rates a shop. These prop­er­ties enhance the ‘vil­lage’ feel, and serve as an impor­tant buffer to the indus­tri­al char­ac­ter of the Wil­low Lane indus­tri­al area at the rear. The char­ac­ter of the remain­der of Goat Road is harmed by ware­hous­es and adver­tis­ing hoard­ings.”

The acid grass­land to the north-east of the Goat pub­lic house con­sti­tutes the part of Mitcham Com­mon known as the Gun­site, because anti-air­craft bat­ter­ies were placed here dur­ing the Sec­ond World War. Mill Green has some wood­land that was plant­ed in the ear­ly 1990s and two water­cours­es: a ditch that was once part of a branch of the Riv­er Wan­dle and the Bed­ding­ton Efflu­ent Car­ri­er, which takes treat­ed efflu­ent from the sewage works to the Wan­dle. The Mitcham Com­mon Con­ser­va­tors note that: “Although the Car­ri­er is con­crete-sided with lit­tle wildlife val­ue, the water qual­i­ty of the treat­ed efflu­ent is much improved in recent years and reg­u­lar mon­i­tor­ing has shown that it now sup­ports a range of insects and fish.”

Tom Francis and Eric Montague’s book on Old Mitcham tells of a band of Gallician gypsies that once lived in a field near Willow Cottage at Beddington Corner, before departing for America. When the gypsy leader’s daughter died she was buried in Mitcham churchyard with an elaborate funeral, her body bedecked with gold and silver coins.

Postcode area: Mitcham CR4
Website: Hackbridge & Beddington Corner Neighbourhood Development Group
* The picture of The Goat on this page is adapted from an original photograph, copyright Dr Neil Clifton, at Geograph Britain and Ireland, made available under the Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic Licence. Any subsequent reuse is freely permitted under the terms of that licence.
Thanks to Peter Lake for drawing Hidden London’s attention to the 1760 advertisement.