Old Malden is a ward of the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames in southwest London, 10 miles (16 km) south west of Charing Cross.

Old Malden
Old Malden is located in Greater London
Old Malden
Old Malden
Location within Greater London
Population9,012 (2001 Census)[1]
9,431 (2011 Census)[2]
OS grid referenceTQ215685
• Charing Cross10 mi (16 km) NE
London borough
Ceremonial countyGreater London
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtKT4
Postcode districtKT3
Dialling code020
UK Parliament
London Assembly
List of places
51°23′17″N 0°15′22″W / 51.388°N 0.256°W / 51.388; -0.256Coordinates: 51°23′17″N 0°15′22″W / 51.388°N 0.256°W / 51.388; -0.256

Malden Manor is an alternative name for part of Old Malden, popularised by the railway company that made up this name for its station here.


The area has a long history as the ancient parish of Malden, derived from the Old English mæl duna, meaning 'the cross on the hill'.[3]

Malden appears in Domesday Book of 1086 as Meldone, held partly by William de Wateville and partly by Robert de Wateville. Its domesday assets were: 4 hides and 3 virgates; 1 chapel, 1 mill worth 12s, 6½ ploughs, 5 acres (2.0 ha) of meadow, woodland worth 1 hog out of 7 hogs. It rendered £7 12s 0d.

St John the Baptist Church,[4] close to the Hogsmill, dates back to Saxon times. In 1611 the chancel's old flint walls were repaired and the nave and the tower rebuilt in brick. In 1875 a new nave and chancel were added, and in 2004 a two-storey extension was completed.

The Grade II listed Manor House, next to St John's, is also mentioned in the Domesday Book; in 1264 Walter de Merton, Bishop of Rochester, founded a college here that was later moved to Oxford as Merton College. The house was later used as a court in the reign of Henry VIII, and in the mid 18th century the house was the home of Captain Cook. In 1852 the Hogsmill River was the setting for the background of Ophelia painted by John Everett Millais.[3]

Malden became Old Malden in 1870, with the development of New Malden, two miles (3 km) to the north in the parish of Kingston upon Thames.


St John the Baptist Church, showing 2004 extension
Plough Pond
The Plough
The A Roma restaurant (closed for redevelopment in 2018)
Old Malden Library

At the heart of Old Malden is Plough Green,[5] a traditional village green, surrounded by:

  • The Plough, a 15th-century public house, containing a Miller & Cooper restaurant;[6]
  • a small parade of shops, which includes the Plough Bakery, Persian, Japanese and Italian restaurants, a hairdresser, a barber, a dentist and two convenience stores
  • Plough Pond

Plough Green is used in the summer to hold two fetes; one for St John the Baptist Church and the other for the local Scouts.

To the west of Plough Green is Old Malden Library.[7]

The Parish Church of Old Malden is St John the Baptist, and can be found just beyond the width restriction in Church Road. There was a church building here at the time of the Domesday Book. The present building comprises the 1611 re-build, the 1875 extension and another extension added in 2004. The Vicar is the Revd Michael Roper who was inducted to the benefice in 2019.

Old Malden is served by Malden Manor station to the north and Worcester Park station to the south, both 25 minutes from Waterloo. Malden Road, joining the green and Worcester Park station, was flanked by two rows of over forty mature poplar trees until 2010, when most were felled as a safety measure due to internal rotting. Replacement oaks were planted later that year. A minor tributary of the River Thames, the Hogsmill, flows through the west of Old Malden.

Conservation AreaEdit

Old Malden Conservation Area was created in March 1971, designating the area as being "of special architectural or historic interest the character or appearance of which it is desirable to preserve or enhance". (Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990, Section 69). It contains two distinct parts, St Johns’ and Plough Green, whose special character is summarised in the designation as:

St Johns’: A medieval village centre above the Hogsmill River, containing the Saxon Church of St. John the Baptist, the site of its vicarage, the 18th century Manor House and ancient fields.

Plough Green: A village green with a pond, a 15th-century public house, and a picturesque group of mainly 19th century cottages. The public house is currently operated as a steak house.

Notable residentsEdit

In addition, Millais' created the background of Ophelia in Old Malden at the Hogsmill River


Nearby placesEdit

Notable open spaces close byEdit


  1. ^ 2001 Census: Old Malden (Key Statistics), Office for National Statistics, retrieved 24 August 2006
  2. ^ "Kingston Ward population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 11 October 2016.
  3. ^ a b The Powder Mills (PDF), archived from the original on 1 December 2012, retrieved 5 March 2009{{citation}}: CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
  4. ^ St John the Baptist, stjohnsoldmalden.org.uk, retrieved 6 April 2019
  5. ^ Plough Green, lonongardensonline.org.uk, retrieved 6 April 2019
  6. ^ The Plough (Harvester), Worcester Park, beerintheevening.com, retrieved 17 June 2007
  7. ^ Old Malden Library, The Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames, archived from the original on 6 August 2007, retrieved 17 August 2007

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