Wandsworth, Southfields, Earlsfield Area Guide
Wandsworth is part of the London Borough of Wandsworth. It takes its name from the River Wandle, which connects to the Thames in the city. It is home to one of the oldest British breweries Young and Co’s Ram Brewery which opened its doors in 1581 and whilst it has officially closed (in 2006), the new owner of the site Minerva plc hired one of the former Young’s brewers to brew at least once a week in the old laboratory to maintain the “oldest British brewery” claim. Southside shopping centre, cinema and restaurant complex dominates most of Wandsworth High Street. Chez Bruce is a Michelin Star restaurant and is located on Wandsworth Common and won the Diners’ choice award for 2017. Wandsworth has a large variety of different properties here, from new riverside flats to older Victorian and Edwardian terrace houses.
Southfields lies within the London Borough of Wandsworth also, between Wimbledon and Putney. Southfields was, until the late 19th Century, mainly made up of fields with pathways running through them, which are now part of the modern road system. The most famous pathway, as it is now called, would be Wimbledon Park Road. There are two main residential areas within Southfields, Southfields Triangle and The Grid. The Southfields Triangle loosely resembles a triangle with the roads and streets which is where you will find mostly Victorian and Edwardian houses. The Grid is called this because of how the roads are laid out. Mostly Edwardian houses are located here with some of them having been converted into flats. Conversions are now no longer allowed due to a change in policy by Wandsworth Borough Council. Potential Buyers from Putney and Fulham come here to increase their square footage from flats to houses as 80% of properties in Southfields are family homes
Earlsfield is one of the less known areas in the London Borough of Wandsworth which allows for an easy going way of life, with Central London not too far away. When the family that lived there sold it to London and South Western Railway in 1884, one of the conditions was that the station would be named after their house, hence Earlsfield station and the surrounding area of the station also became known as Earlsfield. This area used to be a working-class suburb of Wandsworth so many of the properties are medium-sized housing. New developments are being built recently with the most famous being the Olympian Homes development between the station and library. The River Wandle flows through this area (roughly parallel to Garratt Lane). It is said that the residents enjoy the low-key lifestyle that the neighbourhood has to offer.
Famous people to have lived in Wandsworth, Southfields and Earlsfied are Sadiq Khan, Gordon Ramsey, Johnny Vaughan and Rupert Penry-Jones.
Transport around Wandsworth, Southfields and Earlsfield
Tube – Southfields. Zone 2, District Line.
Rail – Wandsworth Town Station and Wandsworth Common Station. Earlisfield Railway Station.
Bus – Wandsworth: 28 (Kensal Rise), 37 (Peckham), 44 and 170 (Victoria), 87 (Aldwych), 156 (Vauxhall) and 485 (Hammersmith). Southfields: 39 (Clapham Junction or Putney Bridge), 156 (Wimbledon) and 493 (Tooting). Earlsfield: 44 (Victoria), 77 (Waterloo) and 270 (Putney Bridge).