Lavenham Road, SW18
Road in/near Southfields, existing between the 1900s and now
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Lavenham Road is named after a Suffolk town.
An estate agents’ office was established opposite Southfields station in 1899. George Ryan and Henry Penfold were the prime developers at the start of the ’Grid’ scheme and they employed builders under contract to construct different sections of the various streets.
Their standards were high and they were constantly badgering the contractors about the quality of their work. Socially they were in advance of their time with their option for residents to own or rent their property, a flexible arrangement designed to attract a wide cross- section of different people.
Bowman Mews, SW18 Bowman Mews is one of the streets of London in the SW18 postal area. Brookwood Road, SW18 Brookwood Road was laid out during the 1890s in an anticipation of development. Burr Road, SW18 Burr Road is one of the streets of London in the SW18 postal area. Clonmore Street, SW18 The northern end of Clonmore Street is known for the Arts and Crafts flourishes on its housing. Elborough Street, SW18 Elborough Street was built as part of the estate known as the ’Southfields Grid’ in the first decade of the twentieth century. Elsenham Street, SW18 Elsenham Street was an original Southfields road, constructed in anticipation of housing developments after 1890. Engadine Street, SW18 Engadine Street is named after an estate in Sydney, Australia which was itself named after the Engadin Valley in Switzerland. Fernwood, SW19 Fernwood is one of the streets of London in the SW19 postal area. Gresham Way, SW19 Gresham Way is one of the streets of London in the SW19 postal area. Havana Road, SW19 Havana Road is one of the streets of London in the SW19 postal area. Kimber Road, SW18 Kimber Road before urbanisation already existed as a path running between allotments and market gardens. Merton Road, SW18 Merton Road is one of the streets of London in the SW18 postal area. Mount Road, SW19 Mount Road is one of the streets of London in the SW19 postal area. Replingham Road, SW18 Replingham Road was built in the 1890s and 1900s as part of the ’Southfields Grid’. Revelstoke Road, SW18 Revelstoke Road was originally planned as Morgan Road. Revelstoke is a town in British Columbia. Ryfold Road, SW19 Ryfold Road is one of the streets of London in the SW19 postal area. The Baulk, SW18 The Baulk is the only reference in Greater London to this agricultural feature in the field it buried. Wimbledon Park Road, SW19 Wimbledon Park Road and its continuation through Southfields Passage was originally a path from Wimbledon to Wandsworth.
Southfields is mainly residential, historically a part of Wandsworth, and is divided between SW18 and SW19 postcode areas.
Southfields takes its name from the old manorial system, where one field was known as the South Field of the manor of Dunsford. The equivalent North Field lay between West Hill and the River Thames and survives in the short road named Northfields which runs to the east of Wandsworth Park.
Until the late 19th century, Southfields was still fields, situated between the more developed villages of Wimbledon and Putney.
After the District & London & South Western Railway from Wimbledon to Putney Bridge opened in June 1889, the area started to urbanise, with the first school opening a year later on Merton Road
The main residential areas of Southfields are the "Southfields Triangle" and "The Grid".
The "Southfields Triangle" is a series of roads and streets that (somewhat) resemble a triangle. It covers the area from Standen Road
in the south to Granville Road
in the north. In 1904, the Frame Foods babyfood company opened its factory in Standen Road
in a building with a distinctive art nouveau style. The building has been converted into luxury flats.
"The Grid" is a series of parallel roads run from Replingham Road
, in the north to Revelstoke Road
, in the south. "The Grid" consists almost entirely of Edwardian terrace houses, some of which have been converted into flats. A restrictive covenant at one time prevented any pubs from being built in the Southfields "Grid" area.