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National Trust - Morden Hall Park, Morden

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Morden Hall Park is a National Trust park located on the banks of the River Wandle in Morden, south London. It covers over 50ha (125 acres) of parkland with the River Wandle meandering through it spanned by numerous foot bridges. The estate contains Morden Hall itself, Morden Cottage, an old Snuff Mill, and many old farm buildings, some of which are now a garden centre and a city farm. The rose garden has over 2000 roses.HistoryThe estate land was originally owned by Westminster Abbey. There is evidence of an earlier manor-house, but the Hall dates back to the 1770s and contains a variety of natural landscapes, including the parkland of the "Deer Park", meadow and marshland. A number of historic buildings are located in the park, including the Hall itself and preserved watermills where tobacco was once ground into snuff.The Hall was owned and occupied by the Garth family for generations. It was occupied, as a school, for young gentlemen about 1840, until it was sold by Sir Richard Garth to a tobacco merchant Gilliat Hatfeild (1827 - 1906) in the 1870s.The Hall was a military hospital during the First World War.Gilliat Hatfeild's son, Gilliat Edward Hatfeild (1864 - 9 February 1941), left the core of the estate (including the house) to the National Trust, when he died. The Hall is now empty, after Whitbread plc decided that the building/location did not fit in with the business plan they had for their Beefeater chain. They still own the lease and continue to pay rent, according to the original lease contract. At least two attempts to sub-lease the property have failed, after limited success.
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  • We visited Morden Hall for a family wedding and the location is gorgeous with willow trees waving over the river and expanses of grass - all just lovely on a gorgeous spring day. Morden Hall itself is...  more »
  • happy morning and afternoon spent here on a sunny day; with snack lunch thrown in; and a garden centre visit too.  more »
  • Lovely place with a bit of everything for all tastes -walk,stroll, outdoor play area for kids,refreshments,toilets,garden centre plenty of grounds to explore,wildlife,raised viewing walkways,suitable ...  more »
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  • The coffee is good quality. There is lots of space to run around for the children and a good natural playground. The garden center has a big aquarium
  • Lovely place for a walk. Nice coffee shop during the summer months. Garden centre and second hand bookshop in the grounds.
  • I loooooooove it the park. Was the first time for me to be there and I just felt like I tried to live about 5 hours in paradise. Oh my god I'm in love 😍😍😍 with the panoramic views. Loooooooove it.
  • Beautiful park, with winding paths it's perfect for a walk. It has a natural trust shop and a separate cafe, it's easy to spend hours here. There's a small children's play area. Stunning
  • I take my son here at least once a month.great for little ones to learn how ride there bikes and the great play area for kids for about 5years and up. Then beyond the wet lands you can reach great little city farm