Berrylands is a residential neighbourhood in the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames. It is a suburban development situated 10.1 miles (16.3 km) south west of Charing Cross. Nearby places include Surbiton, New Malden, Old Malden, Tolworth and Chessington . Berrylands railway station is 24 minutes from London Waterloo by train. Before 1965 Berrylands formed part of the Municipal Borough of Surbiton.
Berrylands is a settlement of Anglo-Saxon origin that is close to the Thames. Berrylands originally formed part of the Municipal Borough of Surbiton, however in 1965 it was incorporated as part of the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames. Most of the present housing development took place in the 1930s on the former Berrylands Farm. The current Surbiton Lagoon park used to house a Lido (swimming pool), built in 1934, which was closed in 1980 and demolished at the end of the decade. at grid reference TQ19606725.
Berrylands is a place-name that misleadingly suggests "land where berries grow". It actually means "land on a tumulus or hill", from Old English beorg (modern dialectal "barrow" meaning "hill"), cognate with Old Norse bergr, bjorgr and borgr which mean the same thing, and Old English land ("land"). The name was recorded as Berilendes in 1126, and as Berulind in 1148 (wrongly suggesting Old English lindr "lime-tree" as the second element), and more recently as Barrilands in 1378, which shows the true origin as being from Old English beorg.
Housing, Shops & Transport
There are four separate parades of shops, these are Alexandra Drive, Berrylands Road, Chiltern Drive and a smaller parade along Surbiton Hill Park. Chiltern Drive is at the centre of Berrylands, and houses over 22 businesses as well as the Berrylands public house, The Berrylands, known locally as 'The Berry'. The shops were built in the 1930s, and currently consist of a newsagents, doctors surgery, hairdressers, beauty salon, CCTV shop, florists, coffee shop, printer and bookshop, as well as the Berrylands train station.
The neighbourhood is primarily residential. It houses a large commuter population using Transport for London travel routes, including two bus routes, the K2 and 665, and the Berrylands, Surbiton or Tolworth links to central London.
It is home to the sports ground of the London School of Economics and Political Science and there is a large sewage works (Hogsmill) on the opposite side of the railway.
- For education in Berrylands see the main Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames article.
There are a two main schools in Berrylands, these being Christ Church Primary School and Grand Avenue Primary School.