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A very brief history of Worcester Park and Cuddington.
The evolution of Worcester Park and Cuddington began in the Anglo Saxon period when a village was established and named, after its founder, as "Cuda's farm", or Cuddington, in an area now known as Nonsuch Park. By 1538 it had a stone church, St. Mary's, and a manor house.
Now refered to as Cuddington Manor King Henry V111 acquired the area and in 1538 demolished the village and proceeded to construct Nonsuch Palace.The Church disappeared beneath the inner courtyard of the Palace.
Two deer parks were set up within the Parish stretching over what is now "London Road" , across "The Avenue" To "The Hogsmill"
The appointment in 1606 of the 4th Earl of Worcester as "Keeper of the Great Park" inspiring its later name "Worcester Park". "Worcester House" was built in 1607 in the "Great Park". In 1670, King Charles II gave Nonsuch Palace to Barbara Villiers who had it demolished in 1682.
Originally there was the Great Park of 1,000 acres, now occupied by Stoneleigh and Worcester Park, and the Little Park of 671 acres part of which survives as Nonsuch Park.When the Palace fell out of use, Worcester Park was divided to form several farms,but in 1859
things were about to change.
The coming of the Wimbledon to Epsom railway and the opening of Worcester Park Station heralded the development of residential housing aimed at professional classes wishing to combine rural surroundings with easy access to "City
Offices".'Electrification of the rail system in 1925 and the opening of Stoneleigh Station in 1932 encouraged further residential development.
Worcester Park and Cuddington. A Walk Through The Centuries.
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