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Inventory Site Record

Leyfield Open Space (Kingston)

Brief Description

This is a small remnant of Malden Common, which until the C20th extended to the east and is now built over by housing. Malden was renamed Old Malden when the station at New Malden opened in 1846 to the north. Malden comes from Mael-dun which meant 'a cross on the hill' in Anglo Saxon, and a church has been here since medieval times. Now renamed Leyfield Open Space, the remnant of the Common has grassland, scrub that is largely hawthorn, and woodland including oak trees to the north and a few Scots pine in the centre. A path runs through the site, which has fine views and to the north it reaches Old Malden church of St John.

Practical Information
Previous / Other name:
Old Malden Common
Site location:
Old Malden Lane/Church Road
Postcode:
KT4
What 3 Words:
ashes.eggs.signal
Type of site:
Public Open Land
Borough:
Kingston
Open to public?
Yes
Opening times:
unrestricted
Special conditions:
Facilities:
Events:
Public transport:
Rail: Malden Manor
Research updated:
01/03/2004
Last minor changes:
19/07/2023

Please check with the site owner or manager for latest news. www.kingston.gov.uk

Full Site Description

Sources consulted:

Sue Swales, Ian Yarham, Bob Britton, 'Nature Conservation in Kingston upon Thames', Ecology Handbook 18 (London Ecology Unit) 1992

Further Information (Planning and Conservation)
Grid ref:
TQ212660 (521170,165980)
Size in hectares:
0.22
Site ownership:
RB Kingston
Site management:
Grounds maintenance contractor: Quadron Services Ltd
Date(s):
Designer(s):
Listed structures:
None
On National Heritage List for England (NHLE), Parks & Gardens:

No
Registered common or village green on Commons Registration Act 1965:

No
Protected under London Squares Preservation Act 1931:

No

Local Authority Data

The information below is taken from the relevant Local Authority's planning legislation, which was correct at the time of research but may have been amended in the interim. Please check with the Local Authority for latest planning information.

On Local List:
No
In Conservation Area:
Yes
Conservation Area name:
Old Malden St John's
Tree Preservation Order:
No
Nature Conservation Area:
Yes - Borough Importance II
Green Belt:
No
Metropolitan Open Land:
Yes
Special Policy Area:
Yes - Area of Archaeological Significance
Other LA designation:
Church Road: local distributor

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