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The London Borough of Merton is split into twenty electoral areas called wards, with three councillors each.
See also: Ward Health Profiles
Ward profiles are designed to give you an overview of some of the key statistics from the Census 2011.
Data have been collected from the Neighbourhood Statistics pages from the Office for National Statistics.
Data included on the ward profiles have been compared to 2001, unless specified otherwise.
If you do not know which ward you live in, you can find out by entering your postcode on this page My Neighbourhood.
Did you know: Between 1117 and 1538, much of the area now covered by Merton Abbey Mills and Sainsbury’s Savacentre, was occupied by Merton Priory. One of the largest and most influential religious institutions in the south-east, this was home to a community of Augustinian canons.
Did you know: During the English Civil War, the area is said to have been occupied by Parliamentarian forces armed with a cannon. The height of Cannon Hill made it an ideal vantage point, allowing Cromwell’s troops advanced warning of any approach by the forces of Charles I.
Did you know: “Colliers Wood” meant “woodland frequented by charcoal burners" during the Middle Ages. During the 19th century, Colliers Wood was also linked to textile printing, ceramics and the cultivation of watercress.
Did you know: Cricket Green boasts one of the oldest cricket pitches in the world. The game has been played here since the 1690s and the local club has nurtured generations of local, county and national players.
Did you know: Dundonald ward is home to Wimbledon School of Art. Founded in 1890, the school moved from Gladstone Road to premises in Merton Hall Road in 1940. Former pupils include illustrator Raymond Briggs; costume designer Joseph Acheson and theatre designer Richard Hudson.
Did you know: This area takes its name from a surviving piece of Medieval common waste or pasture, which remained uncultivated due to its high water table. By the late 18th century several map makers were referring to the area as “Pig’s Marsh” due to the swampy nature of the land and its use by swine herds.
Did you know: The smallest ward in Merton, this takes its name from the River Graveney (a tributary of the Wandle), which traditionally marked the boundary between the parishes of Mitcham and Tooting. Land bordering the Graveney is known to have been used for farms and settlements in Roman times. During the Victorian era, young boys gathered to catch minnows from the deeper waters – much of the river now lies hidden in culverts.
Did you know: In the days before motorised transport, Wimbledon Hill proved challenging for anyone wishing to deliver goods to Wimbledon Village. In 1908, funds raised by the "Dumb Friends League" allowed the purchase of Jack, a large shire or “trace-horse". Stationed at the base of the hill, he and his groom helped to pull heavy loads up the steep slope in return for a small fee.
Did you know: This area takes its name from Mitcham’s historic lavender industry. During the 19th and early 20th century, much of north-east Mitcham was covered by lavender fields. The Potter & Moore distillery, founded near Figges Marsh in 1749, had an international reputation for its lavender oil, soaps and cosmetics.
Did you know: The Streatham Park Cemetery, situated in this ward, is the final resting place of many famous names from the world of show business, including music hall star Ida Lupino; comedy actor Will Hay and; Jamaican reggae star Desmond Dekker.
Did you know: During the Middle Ages, Lower Morden was part of the estates belonging to Westminster Abbey but passed into Crown ownership during the 1530s. During the 17th century, Lower Morden was the property of the Garth family, Lords of the Manor of Morden from 1554 to 1870. The local school (Hatfeild) takes its name from the last squire of Morden, Gilliat Edward Hatfeild, fondly remembered for the children’s parties he staged at Morden Hall during the 1930s.
Did you know: The City of London Real Property Company, founded by John Innes, created the Merton Park estate during the late nineteenth century. Merton Park is also noted for its distinctive holly hedges. Holly features on the Innes family coat of arms.
Did you know: During Victorian times, much of this area was used for dairy farming. The largest local farm was New Barns, or Galpin’s Farm, which stood opposite the junction of Commonside East and Watneys Road. The latter was named after the Watney family, Wandsworth distillers, who owned the farm for more than a hundred years.
Did you know: On the edge of this ward, on either side of Morden Road, archaeologists discovered a large Anglo-Saxon burial ground. This held a number of warrior burials with grave goods including swords, spears, jewellery and glassware. Many of these items are now displayed at the Museum of London.
Did you know: Raynes Park actually takes its name from the local station, built in 1871 on land sold by Richard Garth, Lord of the Manor of Morden. Much of his local property had originally belonged to the Rayne family, wealthy farmers who lived in the West Barnes area.
Did you know: The St Helier estate was built between 1928 and 1936. In recognition of Merton’s religious heritage, many of the roads on the estate were named after abbeys and monasteries in England and Wales, such as Canterbury Road, Ely Road and Buckfast Road.
Did you know: Trinity ward is home to the world's first purpose-built children's theatre, the Polka Theatre. Opened in 1979 by Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, the theatre offers a varied programme of drama written for, and often performed by, children.
Did you know: In addition to agricultural and sporting use, Wimbledon Common has been the site of an Iron Age hill fort; a major military review for King George III; annual shooting competitions staged by the National Rifle Association; suffragette campaign meetings and; as a training camp for recruits to General Kitchener’s army.
Did you know: From 1919, Burlington Road held the premises of security printers Bradbury & Wilkinson. The firm produced stamps, bonds, chequebooks and currency for countries throughout the world.
Did you know: Wimbledon Park was formerly part of the vast estate owned by Earl Spencer. The lake, now used by the Sailing Centre, was originally an ornamental garden feature designed for the Earl by the famous landscape gardener, Capability Brown.
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Map of Merton's wards, polling districts and polling places. Some of the polling districts use the same polling station.
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This page was last updated on Friday 23 September 2016