Berrylands

Berrylands, Kingston upon Thames

The eastern part of Surbiton, mostly built up between the wars


Berrylands
One of the prici­er prop­er­ties in Berry­lands

‘Berry’ was a vari­ant of the Old Eng­lish ‘beorg’, or bar­row. The manor of la Bergh was record­ed in 1241 and a licence grant­ed the enclo­sure of land at Berowe in 1439.

For almost half a mil­len­ni­um the area was to remain in agri­cul­tur­al use, dom­i­nat­ed lat­ter­ly by two large farms – Berry Lodge, on the Tol­worth bor­der, and Berry­lands to the north.

By the ear­ly 20th cen­tu­ry hous­ing had begun to encroach on the fields but the water­shed event was the open­ing of the Kingston by-pass in 1927. Berry­lands was soon being aggres­sive­ly mar­ket­ed as a new sub­ur­ban haven, mark­ing the end of the dairy herd at Berry Lodge Farm and its sup­ply of milk to Sur­biton.

Sev­en local devel­op­ers clubbed togeth­er to fund over 90 per cent of the cost of Berry­lands sta­tion, which opened at the top of Chiltern Dri­ve in 1933.

The fol­low­ing year saw the cre­ation of a small park with a swim­ming pool called Sur­biton lagoon. The much-loved pool closed for repairs in 1979, nev­er to reopen. The site has been turned over to trees and grass, while the hous­es of Mel­done Close have replaced for­mer ten­nis courts.

Just under 82 per cent of Berry­lands’ res­i­dents are white, accord­ing to the 2011 cen­sus, down from almost 90 per cent in 2001. The pro­por­tion of one-per­son house­holds is very high for a sub­ur­ban dis­trict.

Postcode area: Surbiton, KT5
Population: 9,473 (2011 census)
Station: South West Trains (Zone 5)