Cuddington, Sutton

An exclusive enclave situated to the west of Belmont and bordering the Surrey boroughs of Epsom & Ewell and Reigate & Banstead

geograph-3934867-by-Marathon - Cuddington Way

The Cud­ding­ton name, which refers to a Sax­on landown­er, may have orig­i­nat­ed as ear­ly as the eighth cen­tu­ry. By 1538 the parish had acquired the stone church of St Mary, a manor house and a hand­ful of pro­duc­tive farms. But this was the year in which Cud­ding­ton changed for­ev­er when Hen­ry VIII acquired the entire manor, oblit­er­at­ed all the exist­ing build­ings and com­mis­sioned the con­struc­tion of Non­such Palace. The lord of the manor received the pri­o­ry of Ixworth, Suf­folk, in com­pen­sa­tion for his loss.

Although Non­such was pri­mar­i­ly intend­ed as a hunt­ing lodge, it was built and dec­o­rat­ed to impres­sive stan­dards of grandeur that were designed to rival Cham­bord, the Loire palace of Fran­cis I. Work was just about com­plet­ed when Hen­ry died in 1547. Non­such remained in the pos­ses­sion of the Crown until Charles II gave it to his mis­tress Bar­bara Vil­liers, who demol­ished the palace in 1684 and sold off the build­ing mate­ri­als.

Near­ly two cen­turies passed before civil­i­sa­tion returned with the cre­ation of the sub­urb of Worces­ter Park at the parish’s north­ern end, where a new St Mary’s was built in 1867 and rebuilt in 1895. The mod­ern local­i­ty of Cud­ding­ton, how­ev­er, lies well to the south-east, where the bor­ough of Sut­ton juts into Sur­rey. Wrapped around Cud­ding­ton golf course, laid out in 1929, this is one of south London’s most select neigh­bour­hoods. Pro­gres­sive­ly devel­oped with increas­ing­ly grand homes (but no com­mu­ni­ty facil­i­ties) over the course of the 20th cen­tu­ry, even a bun­ga­low here can fetch well over half a mil­lion pounds.

Cuddington is one of the ‘finger parishes’ of Sutton, so-called for their elongated north-south shapes.

Postcode areas: Sutton, SM2 and Banstead, SM7
Further reading: Charles Abdy, A Brief History of Cuddington, Nonsuch Antiquarian Society, 1995
Website: Epsom and Ewell History Explorer


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