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Watermeads Housing Estate Merton
Summary: Watermeads Estate was built in 1974-7 by R Hodge and A Bews of Merton Borough Architects Department, on the site of Mitcham Grove, a large house that is shown on the OS Map of 1935 with the land to the west marked as sports ground and to the north tennis courts. The estate was one of a series of low-rise housing schemes that incorporated landscaping. A fine cedar tree remains from the former grounds of Mitcham Grove, and a new lake was created alongside the river to the south.
Previous / Other name: Grove House
Site location: off Rawnsley Avenue/Bishopsford Road
Postcode: CR4 > Google Map
Type of site: Housing/Estate Landscaping
Date(s): 1974-7
Designer(s): Merton Borough Architects Department
Listed structures:
Borough: Merton
Site ownership: private
Site management:
Open to public? No
Opening times: private, visible from Ravensbury Park
Special conditions:
Public transport: Rail: Mitcham. Tube: Morden (Northern) then bus. Tramlink: Mitcham. Bus: 118, 280.
The information shown above was correct at the time of the last update 01/02/2005
Please check with the site owner or manager for latest news.

Fuller information:

Residents' reaction to the earlier Pollards Hill estate (q.v.) of 1968 led to Watermeads' 'looser and less dogmatic arrangement' and 'greater sensitivity in landscaping of the hard and grass areas'. The estate comprises 186 houses or flats in 3-storey ribbon of terraces overlooking the landscaped grounds that lead to the Wandle River, and the public park, Ravensbury Park (q.v.), adjoins to the west. The estate won a Design Award and has been described by Pevsner as 'One of the most attractive council developments of the 1970s in London'.

Sources consulted:

Bridget Cherry & Nikolaus Pevsner, The Buildings of England: London 2: South (Penguin) 1999 p435, 445/6; 'Mitcham, Ravensbury', Merton Town Trails 6 (Merton Town Trails Association, 1979)
Grid ref: TQ270679
Size in hectares:
On EH National Register : No
EH grade:
Site on EH Heritage at Risk list:
Registered common or village green
on Commons Registration Act 1965:
Protected under London Squares
Preservation Act 1931:
The information below is taken from the relevant Local Authority's planning legislation, which was correct at the time of research but may have been amended in the interim. Please check with the Local Authority for latest planning information.
On Local List:
In Conservation Area: Yes
Conservation Area name: Wandle Valley
Tree Preservation Order: Not known
Nature Conservation Area: No
Green Belt: No
Metropolitan Open Land: No
Special Policy Area: Yes - Archaeological Priority Zone
Other LA designation:

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