The London Borough of Sutton is on the southwest edge of Greater London. It shares its borders with the boroughs of Kingston Upon Thames, Merton and Croydon. It was formed in 1965 with the merger of the former urban district of Carshalton and the Surrey boroughs of Beddington and Sutton and Cheam.

Population change

1966: 165,000 people
1998: 176,500 people

Sutton became built up during the 1920s and 30s as London expanded into the surrounding countryside. At the start of the 20th century, parts of Sutton were still rural and the district's life centred on the old villages of Beddington, Wallington and Cheam. In 1902, the artist and craftsman Frank Reginald Dickinson built his dream home in Sutton. Designed in picturesque Arts and Crafts style, New Holland House is still a local landmark.

One of the first areas of new housing to appear in the 20th century was Sutton Garden Suburb. This was built between 1900 and 1918 along garden city lines. It was typical of subsequent housing in the district, supplying pleasant houses with gardens for middle-class families whose wage earners commuted into the City. Alongside the private developments, Sutton was also the location for the St Helier estate, one of London County Council's largest 'out-county' cottage estates.

Sutton retains its semi-rural feel. There are many parks and green open spaces in the borough including Beddington Park, Carshalton Park, Grove Park and Oaks Park.

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