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New Malden is a town and shopping centre in the south-western Londonmarker suburbs, mostly within the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thamesmarker and partly in the London Borough of Mertonmarker, and is situated from Charing Crossmarker.


New Malden was established entirely as a result of the arrival of the railway when Coombe for Malden railway stationmarker was opened on 1 December 1846 on the main line from Waterloo. However, when Queen Victoria visited distinguished residents in the Coombe Hill area, the royal train always continued to Norbitonmarker station where the platform was at ground level.

Building started slowly in the area north of the station, gathering pace in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries with two- and three-bedroom terraced house. Further out are larger detached and semi-detached houses from the 1930s. The road up the hill to Coombe, Traps Lane, is thought to derive from a farm owned by a Mrs Trap.

Two miles (3 km) to the south is the former village of Old Maldenmarker from which it gets its name, whose origins go back to Anglo-Saxon times, the name being Saxon for Mael + duna = the cross on the hill.

Under the District Councils Act 1895, The Maldens & Coombe Urban District Council was created (the plural relating to Old Malden and New Malden). In 1936 Malden and Coombe was granted full Borough status, with its own Mayor, and had the rare distinction of a civic mace bearing the royal insignia of King Edward VIII. In 1965, the London Government Act 1963 came into force merging the boroughs of Malden & Coombe and Surbitonmarker with Kingston-upon-Thames to form the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thamesmarker.


New Malden is bounded to the north by the affluent Coombe Hillmarker and to the south and east by Raynes Park, Worcester Park and Tolworth. New Malden includes Motspur Parkmarker, home to the training ground of Fulham Football Club.

The busy A3 trunk road runs through part of New Malden. A minor tributary of the River Thames, Beverley Brookmarker, flows through the east of the town, while its western boundary is along the Hogsmill, another Thames tributary.

The first Parking Meters were made in New Malden at Venners Ltd.

Korean culture and presence

New Malden has the largest expatriate community of South Koreansmarker in Europe, and is the most densely populated area of Koreans outside South Korea. According to different sources, the Korean population in the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thamesmarker is around 20,000, of whom around 8000 reside in the Kingston Borough portion of New Malden. In the 2001 census, some small areas of New Malden had "Other Asian/Chinese" (ie: other than of Indian sub-continental origin) populations of "over 25%", though no whole ward reached over 20%. New Malden functions as the shopping and cultural centre for a Korean population spread more widely across South-West London and the neighbouring counties. The area has around fifteen Korean cafes and restaurants, and many small supermarkets and other shops. The Anglo-Korean Cultural Institute can be found on Burlington Road, and churches of several denominations in the area have regular Korean services with associated Korean clergy.

The size of this community has been attributed to the former residence of the South Korean ambassador in Wimbledon. During the 1970s many Koreans came to the area following his example, but when house prices rose in Wimbledon, they moved to New Malden. Others point to a joint-venture between what was then Decca, later Racal Avionics, now part of Thales Group, at Shannon Corner and a Korean chaebol in the 1950s as the start of the community. Samsung Electronics' UK division used to be based in New Malden, although it has now relocated its European headquarters to nearby Chertseymarker. A high proportion of the community are expatriate workers for Korean companies, who remain in the UK for a number of years before returning to Korea. Many work in finance and banking in the City of Londonmarker.


New Malden has its own sports centre, the Malden Centre, which includes a swimming pool, gym and community facilities.

Beverley Park provides a football pitch, tennis courts, children's playground, allotments and open space.

Tudor Williams Ltd, established in 1913, is a family run department store in the High Street. The company also has shops in Cobham and Dorking and expanded by acquiring department stores Elphicks of Farnham in October 2004, and Knights of Reigate in September 2006. Sandy's Menswear is another long established family run business, specialising in menswear and hirewear in the High Street, having been opened originally in 1955 by the current owners father.

A monthly publication, The Village Voice, covers local history, news, topical articles and advertisements for businesses serving the community.

There is an annual Malden Fortnight, which is a parade showcasing all the local schools and community groups and various other activities.

Each Christmas the High Street is festooned with Christmas lights with its own switching-on ceremony.

For a small town it is more than proportionately blessed with winners of the Victoria Cross. Research recently published in the Village Voice revealed the existence of a previously unknown third medal winner – see Notable Residents below.

New Malden has its own youth theatre, the Green Theatre Company, established in 1986 in a converted cricket pavilion at Barton Green. Green Theatre Company

The area's last Cinema, the Odeon at Shannon Corner on the A3 has closed and been replaced by a large retail area including several large stores. The other Cinema in the High Street (corner of Sussex Road) burnt down on Boxing Day 1936.

Notable open spaces

Sports and recreation

  • Graham Spicer Table Tennis Club
  • Topnotch Fitness Centre, Blagdon Road
  • Malden Centre, Blagdon Road
  • Kingsmeadow Sports Centre, Kingston Road
  • Malden Wanderers Cricket Club
New Malden is also home to 2008 National Cockspur Club Cup finalists, Malden Wanderers Cricket Club. Holding a strong reputation, the club has produced many professional cricketers, including former England wicketkeeper Alec Stewart.
  • Malden Golf Club
  • Coombe Hill Golf Club
  • Graham Spicer Institute


For education in New Malden see the main Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames article.


New Malden railway stationmarker has services provided by South West Trains to London Waterloo, Hampton Courtmarker, Kingston upon Thamesmarker, Richmondmarker and Sheppertonmarker. The Old Maldenmarker area is well served by trains from Malden Manor railway stationmarker, travelling north to London and south to Chessingtonmarker. Motspur Park railway stationmarker on the New Malden/Raynes Parkmarker borders also has rail connections to Chessington Southmarker, Epsommarker, Dorkingmarker and Guildfordmarker. There are also many bus routes going through New Malden. The 213 route going towards Suttonmarker and the 131 route going through Kingston Town Centre and Tooting Broadway along with the X26 express bus to Croydonmarker and Heathrow Airportmarker. The town also has a series of local bus routes, these include the K1 and K5.

Notable residents

Notable former residents include cricketer Alec Stewart, singer-songwriter John Martyn, fiddler Dave Swarbrick of Fairport Convention, sculptor Anthony Caro and actor, comedian and entertainer Max Wall also lived there. It is also home to the infamous Mr. Woo who famously appeared as the 'stickman' in Nikemarker commercials.

The Victorian artist John Sargent Noble lived in a house in Poplar Grove at the turn of the last century.

Two young New Malden residents who both attended Beverley School (now renamed Coombe Boys School), Ian Bazalgette and Cyril Barton, were both awarded the VC during World War II. These two posthumous awards are arguably for some of the greatest acts of heroism for which a VC has ever been awarded. Bazalgette Gardens and Barton Green were named in their honour.

New Malden also has links to a third recipient, Humphrey Osbaldston Brooke Firman VC, whose parents lived in Coombe at the time of his death. A plaque bearing his name was unveiled on the war memorial in the High Street during April 2008 and a road in a new housing development near the High Street has been named Firman Close.

Cyril Stevens lived at "Mitchley" in Traps Lane and was the S in BKS Air Transport [2] an airline of the 1950s and 1960s that became part of British Airways. His son is Lord Stevens.

Eric Clapton joined his first band the Roosters in January 1963 after seeing them play live at the Prince Of Wales pub in Kingston Road. He lived nearby and recorded his first ever record I Wish You Would with the Yardbirds in New Malden in 1964. According to local historian Richard James, Clapton also played with the Yardbirds in what is now the YMCA Hall in nearby Surbiton during the early 1960s.

Bernard Braden and his wife Barbara Kelly, both TV personalities, lived at the top of Traps Lane (from New Malden, on the right, last house before the T junction – behind a large wall). Diana Rigg also lived in a side road off Traps Lane.

Cultural references

  • In the BBC TV series The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin, New Malden features twice in the list of excuses Perrin made to his boss for his late arrival at work; one of the claims made is that a badger ate the signal box there.
  • The house on the corner of Dukes Avenue/Howard Road featured in the 1970s ITV series Bless This House, which featured comedian Sidney James.
  • New Malden is the centre of the universe according to Monty Python. ,
  • A fictional character Meera from Little Britain comes from New Malden. ,
  • In 2004, Tesco reported that the New Malden store was the biggest consumer of fruit and veg in the Country, in relation to items of fruit purchased per customer. It is thought that the Korean diet contributes significantly to this.
  • David Kynaston, noted non-fiction author resides in New Malden.
  • Mentioned in a mid-1990s MasterCard advert – "New York? The furthest he's ever been is New Malden!"
  • Mentioned briefly on the radio traffic report in the BBC television series "Outnumbered".
  • Mentioned in Stephen Fry's autobiography 'Moab is my washpot'. "I suppose some rat faced weasel from New Malden will be interviewed at any minute to give the other side of the hunting debate" (page 45)
  • The Duke of Wellington pub, refurbished as Krispy Kremes (lease due to expire Dec 2009) was formerly owned by the Kray twins, the heavyweight boxer Sonny Liston attended the opening night.


  1. Kingston 2001 census maps
  3. The Village Voice
  13. New Malden Is Bananas For Fruit And Veg (from Surrey Comet)
  14. Krays Old Haunt up for Sale


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