Morden: Combining urban convenience with scenic green spaces

Morden: Combining urban convenience with scenic green spacesPeople seeking flats to rent in Morden will find that the London suburb is an ideal option for those seeking an area that combines the convenience of city living with access to greenery and open spaces.

Located in the borough of Merton, Morden was once a quiet rural village community consisting of cottages and farms, but all of this changed once the decision was made in 1926 to extend the London Underground's Northern Line, resulting in the creation of the Morden Tube station.

The establishment of this facility transformed Morden over the course of only a few years into a bustling suburb located within easy commuting distance of the city centre.

Today, the district has become a successful centre of commerce thanks to its excellent public transport links, plentiful leisure and civic facilities, strong retail sector and employment opportunities.

Under the auspices of the Morden Town Centre Partnership, the area has become a successful location for businesses, meaning residents can take advantage of a plentiful supply of restaurants, cafes and pubs, a wide selection of shops and easy access via bus routes including the 80, 93, 118, 154 and 157.

However, these elements only scratch the surface of what Morden has to offer, as the district combines its modern suburban flavour with strong links back to its rural past, thanks to the abundance of green spaces in the local area.

These include Mostyn Gardens, Morden Park, Ravensbury Park and Morden Recreation Ground, which offer visitors plenty of places in which to play sports, enjoy time with their children or immerse themselves in green surroundings.

Most prominent of all is Morden Hall Park, a National Trust-owned public space that traces its roots back to the country estates that were once common in the locality.

It is a tranquil area that was once a deer park during the industrial era, with many fixtures reminding visitors of that past, including the original waterwheel that was used in the production of tobacco powder until 1922.

The park can be freely explored on foot or by bike, taking in meadows, parkland and rose gardens along the banks of the River Wandle, while lucky visitors can sometimes glimpse the park's colony of herons.

Throughout Morden, interesting reflections of its past can be seen, including architecture ranging from the historic, the art deco and the contemporary.

Morden Station is no exception, retaining most of the traditional features of its design when it was built back in the 1920s, but also offering state-of-the-art facilities to ensure high-quality performance and reliability.

Elsewhere, prospective residents will see most of their practical concerns about lifestyle needs met by Morden, which offers both a library and a heritage and local studies centre, as well as close proximity to Merton College.

Locals can also rest assured over their safety, as Merton is known as having one of the lowest crime rates in London, with police and other security services working tirelessly to stamp out criminality ranging from serious offences to rowdy behaviour and environmental crimes.

This combination of city comforts and rural relaxation makes Morden one of the most attractive locations London has to offer.

Posted by Martyn Glynn

Published 17th November, 2011

© 2011 Estates IT Limited

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