Saturday, 4 December 2010

Thames tributary Pyl Brook - Cannon Hill

Thames tributary Pyl Brook
The Pyl Brook flows north west towards the Beverley

TQ 24095 68310

Surburban area with open space, less posh than it appears


Post to the west Beverley Park
Post to the south Lower Morden

Blenheim Road
Developed by Richard Garth as part of development of West Barnes Park in 1868
Raynes Park sports ground which was the LESSA sports ground. Sports site for the London Electricity Sports and Social Association. Owned by London Electricity and until September 2000 was a private sports facility for members However, because of a declining membership, it was closed.

Cannon Hill Common
Noted as ‘Canondownhyll’ in 1536 and then by 1819 as ‘Cannon Hill’ . This seems to mean ‘hill belonging to the canons', because the canons of Merton Priory owned the land. Nevertheless it is noted as being a warlike reference on the Scorpio section on the Kingston Zodiac. . It was earlier part of a hillside in Merton ‘waste’.
Cannon Hill house was owned by a William Taylor in 1763 – it had a lots of park land around it As well as Cannon Hill Farm. It was then bought by Richard Thornton who was extremely rich and died in 1863. The Estate was then just used for shooting and the house was demolished in the 1920s. Subsequently the Council built estates on it and private developers builders laid out a posher area.
Open space on the hill – this is there now because Joseph Hood MP worked to save it and he with, public opposition succeeded in saving 60 acres, which the local council purchased in 1926 along with financial help,.. This is now a recreation ground plus a small nature reserve and playing fields. A London Wildlife Trust reserve is at the middle of the park, close to the pavilion

Grand Drive
Built by Richard Garth as part of development of West Barnes Park in 1868. Laid out by builder George Blay.
St.Saviour Church, built 1905 as the parish church for Raynes Park.

Martin Way
Joseph Hood Recreation Ground named for the MP who worked to save Cannon Hill as open space.

Whatley Avenue
Prince George’s playing field. Home ground of Raynes Park Vale F.C. The field has held travelling Funfairs and Hindu festival celebrations. Adjacent to the playing field is a sports and leisure centre.
Messines playing field
Whatley Estate
Council estate on Cannon Hill land

Sources
Field. London Place Names
Kingston Zodiac
London Borough of Merton. Web site
London Wildflife Trust. Web site
Pevsner and Cherry. Surrey
Shipley. Kingston through the Centuries
Smythe, Citywildspace
St. Saviours. Web site

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