Malden Green

Malden Green, Kingston/Sutton

A little-used name for the eastern end of Old Malden, nowadays increasingly considered to be part of Worcester Park

geograph-4720151-by-Des-Blenkinsopp

The green that gives the local­i­ty its name lies north-west of Worces­ter Park sta­tion and was also known as Low­er Green. Like many vil­lage greens, this was com­mon land that was pro­gres­sive­ly whit­tled away until a cen­tral frag­ment was saved in per­pe­tu­ity.

By the 19th cen­tu­ry, the local author­i­ty was vig­i­lant­ly guard­ing the green’s integri­ty. William Bak­er, a Cheam tea deal­er, was found guilty of enclos­ing a quar­ter-acre in 1844 and told to remove his fence or pay a £20 fine.

But in 1859 Worces­ter Park sta­tion was built on the com­mon land and the rail­way line split the green in two.

In 1908 Par­lia­ment passed an act autho­ris­ing the Met­ro­pol­i­tan Com­mons (Malden Green) Scheme, which gave per­ma­nent pro­tec­tion to the five-acre com­mon. Nev­er­the­less, encroach­ment by var­i­ous house­hold­ers con­tin­ued to cause prob­lems and a local butch­er had a hut forcibly removed from the green in 1925.

The part of the green east of the rail­way line is now a sports ground, which was brought entire­ly under the author­i­ty of Sut­ton coun­cil in 1995.

Malden Green Farm is a Grade II list­ed farm­house that juts into the green. The farm’s remain­ing land recent­ly dis­ap­peared beneath Barratt’s Holly­brook devel­op­ment of 50 exec­u­tive-style hous­es.

Postcode area: Worcester Park KT4
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