Malden Manor

Malden Manor, Kingston

An alternative name for part of Old Malden

Malden Manor House - geograph-2401204-by-David-Howard

Some sources claim that an ear­li­er incar­na­tion of Malden manor house was the first home of the insti­tu­tion that became Mer­ton Col­lege, Oxford. How­ev­er, most author­i­ties believe that the house was nev­er a place of study or res­i­dence for stu­dents, although it may have been used by the admin­is­tra­tors of Wal­ter de Mer­ton’s estates while they were set­ting up the col­lege at Oxford. Shown in the pho­to­graph above, the present manor house was built in the 1620s and enlarged in the 18th cen­tu­ry. It is now a venue for meet­ings and func­tions, includ­ing wed­dings.

Until the Edwar­dian era, Church Road was the main set­tle­ment of Old Malden. A small group of build­ings was sit­u­at­ed near the church of St John the Bap­tist, includ­ing the vic­arage, manor house and a nation­al school. Church Road still fol­lows its orig­i­nal align­ment, with 1930s semi-detached and detached hous­es fill­ing the spaces between old­er prop­er­ties.

It was the South­ern Railway’s nam­ing of the sta­tion that prompt­ed locals to start refer­ring to the neigh­bour­hood as Malden Manor. The rail­way com­pa­ny was fond of mock-Tudor names and had intend­ed to call oth­er sta­tions on the line Chess­ing­ton Court and Chess­ing­ton Grange before set­tling for the more pro­sa­ic North and South affix­es.

Hidden London: Malden Manor station by Robin Webster
Malden Manor sta­tion

Built in 1938, Malden Manor sta­tion is a pleas­ing art deco struc­ture that made inno­v­a­tive use of rein­forced con­crete, but its appeal is now marred by the elec­tric­i­ty pylon tow­er­ing right out­side and by poor main­te­nance of the con­crete. As is often the case with such struc­tures, it looked much bet­ter when it was built than it does now.

Malden Manor has very lit­tle coun­cil hous­ing and a high num­ber of retired peo­ple liv­ing in spa­cious homes, mak­ing it one of the most social­ly advan­taged local­i­ties in south-west Lon­don. How­ev­er, there is some depri­va­tion across the tracks on the Sheep­house Way hous­ing estate.

Malden Manor pri­ma­ry school uses sig­nage in Kore­an and Ara­bic to aid pupils who are at the ear­ly stages of acquir­ing Eng­lish.

It seems likely that Sir John Millais painted Ophelia in Six Acre Meadow on the west bank of the Hogsmill River at the bottom of the manor house garden.

Postcode areas: Worcester Park KT4 and New Malden KT3
Station: South West Trains (zone 4)
Further reading (and the source for one paragraph of the above article): Kingston council’s character assessment of the Old Malden area
* The picture of Malden Manor House on this page is adapted from an original photograph, copyright David Howard, and the picture of Malden Manor station is adapted from an original photograph, copyright Robin Webster, both 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.