Wednesday, 9 September 2009

The London/Surrey boundary Old Malden

SQUARE BY SQUARE LOOK AT LONDON
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The London/Surrey/Kingston boundary runs down the Hogsmill River

Post to the south Ruxley Lane
Post to the east Worcester Park



Sites on the boundary
Hogsmill
John Millais and Holman Hunt, often used the Hogsmill for background scenery. It is said that Holman Hunt, lived in Worcester Park, used as a model for the cottage door at which Christ is knocking in the famous painting 'The Light of the World' one of the many small buildings at a gunpowder mill
unusual bays built into the iron railings; designed for refuge from passing carts.

Sites on the London, Kingston side of the boundary
Kingston Road
The Old Kingston Road was the turnpike road from Kingston to Reigate via Ewell. It was described in 1805 as well surfaced
Kingston Road bridge built 1939
Tolworth Court Bridge - before that a site described by Richard Jeffries
Tolworth Court Farm – moated site listed in Domesday. excavation has shown a large Saxon enclosure ditch close to Iron Age and Roman features. There us a moated island on which stood a medieval manor house demolished as a source of material for the construction of Nonsuch Palace 1538. water features associated with the moat showed a former course of the Hogsmill had been used to control water use on the site. The site was bought by Lambeth Council for a cemetery which was never built and it was subsequently sold to Kingston Council
Tolworth Court Farm Fields is the remnant of an enclosed farmed field system comprising of 7 fields, of unimproved, lowland grassland with one area of wet grassland. It has Old hedges and veteran trees with small pockets of secondary woodland.

Sites on the Surrey Epsom side of the boundary
Old Malden Road
Watercress beds

Worcester Park Road
Hogsmill Tavern stands on the site of a former mill.
Riverhill Sports Club
Tolworth Hall
Maori Sports Ground
Linden Bridge School and Spring Centre

This material has been compiled over many years and from a wide variety of sources

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