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Goodfellows Estate Agents, Merton Park, London

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Merton Park / Wimbledon, SW19, is located only 7 miles from central London and has numerous open spaces and an historic woodland. With nearby open spaces for cycling, walking and fishing, the area has something for everyone. Wimbledon theatre and local gyms and tennis clubs add to the choices available.

Popular with commuters and young families, Merton Park offers leafy residential roads, near to Wimbledon with all the bustling shops and bars which cater for every requirement. The Old Ruts sports ground and club house in Poplar Road provides sporting opportunities and a local bar, the thriving community here hosts many events throughout the year – Goodfellows and Finch & Company are proud to sponsor the club.

Despite the leafy feel, the transport links and facilities are extensive; including the Northern Line Underground stations at Morden and South Wimbledon, rail stations at South Merton and Wimbledon Chase; Tramlink service travelling to Wimbledon and Croydon as well as many bus routes serving Wimbledon, Kingston and Sutton.
If you prefer to travel by car, the A3 and A217 give easy access to the M25.

The conservation areas of John Innes and Wilton Crescent were designed during the 1920s and 1930s by Henry Quartermain and John Brocklesby.  The area of Merton Park provides many large homes which are set out on long avenue style roads giving the area a tranquil feel.

Nestled amongst the John Innes designed Merton Park conservation area, Goodfellow’s Merton Park office is Finch & Co and enjoys a unique position, being the only estate agent actually in Merton Park.  The area is full of  ‘Green flag’ awarded spaces, tree lined avenues and beautiful Edwardian houses which occupy the surrounding roads.  The area feels rural despite its proximity to London.

Born in January 1829, John Innes began living a busy life and implemented a number of changes to the area Merton Park, with many still being apparent today.  In the late 19th century, John Innes, of compost fame, together with his brother James, turned one of London’s original garden suburbs into a semi rural suburb for the City businessmen of the time.  Now in the 21st century, we can fully appreciate the quality and style of these 1920s and 1930s homes that were not destroyed during the war.  The homes designed by Quartermain and Brocklesby remain highly sought after.  

The area is now home to all combinations of housing stock, from flats and cottages to large detached homes, all carefully designed to complement the locality. John also was involved with charitable work particularly with children, ensuring that hardworking children were rewarded with treats like a trip to the Crystal Palace at his own expense – in February 1879.  A quote from his close friend Edward Pillinger in 1890 said that;

“Mr Innes, Trustee of the School sent the boys and girls who had passed the Government Examination …  in their various standards, by a special train from Merton Park to Worthing, via Streatham, starting at 9:15. Worthing station was reached at 10:55.  The return began at 8:05, arriving at Merton at 9:55.  A capital tea was provided; splendid weather; much enjoyment.”

His kindness extended to his employees and arranged outings to Dover for the day or to Burnham Beeches.  His workmen of ‘advanced years’ were given pensions and his will stated that they be continued.  Records show that he was a well liked employer.

After he died, an obituary in the Wimbledon News read as follows;
“How many have benefited by his generosity it is difficult to tell, for he was one of those who ‘Do good by stealth and blush to find it fame,’ and his charity dispensed, often as not in an unostentatious manner, through channels unknown to the ordinary everyday observer, was never made public.”
The Merton Park area now is one of the most important legacies left by John Innes – the avenues of trees and gardens with holly hedges are all part of the charm of the local area.  The buildings designed by Quartermain and Brocklesby are beautiful and individual, giving the area its unique feel.
If you would like to read more about his life, there is a book, John Innes – his life and legacy by Neal Priestland which is published by The John Innes Society, which provides a fascinating insight to his life.
 

Public Transport

It has easy access to London with bus, train and road links.  Rail times to London Waterloo take as little as 17 minutes.  Other stations can be reached via Clapham Junction.

Despite the leafy feel, the transport links and facilities are extensive; including the Northern Line Underground stations at Morden and South Wimbledon, rail stations at South Merton and Wimbledon Chase; Tramlink service travelling to Wimbledon and Croydon as well as many bus routes serving Wimbledon, Kingston and Sutton.

If you prefer to travel by car, the A3 and A217 give easy access to the M25.

Schools

Education is well catered for and high sought after, with local primary and high schools, with a choice of state or independent schools.  Further education facilities nearby include Wimbledon College of Art, Merton Adult Education Centre and South Thames College.

Local Amenities

Popular with commuters and young families, Merton Park offers leafy residential roads, near to Wimbledon with all the bustling shops and bars which cater for every requirement. The Old Ruts sports ground and club house in Poplar Road provides sporting opportunities and a local bar, the thriving community here hosts many events throughout the year – Goodfellows and Finch & Company are proud to sponsor the club.

 

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Click here to find out more about the Old Ruts.

 

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