Earlsfield shown within Greater London
|Population||15,448 (Earlsfield ward 2011)|
|OS grid reference|
|Ceremonial county||Greater London|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|London Assembly||Merton and Wandsworth|
Earlsfield is a typical London suburb and comprises mostly residential Victorian terraced houses with a high street of shops, bars, and restaurants between Garratt Lane, Allfarthing Lane, and Burntwood Lane. Although it has had a slow start and lags behind its neighbour Clapham, Earlsfield - with its schools and family facilities as well as its primary transport link (see Earlsfield railway station) into central London - has a strong housing market, though recently prices have been affected in line with broader market trends. According to the 2001 Census the population of Earlsfield is recorded at 12,903.
Earlsfield is not as well known as its neighbouring areas such as Tooting, Clapham, Balham, and Battersea, which allows for a low key way of life while still being close to central London. The local Earlsfield railway station provides journeys to central London (3 stops to Waterloo [Clapham Junction, Vauxhall, Waterloo] in 12 minutes) and other areas in South London (Victoria - changing at Clapham Junction, Wimbledon one stop). The station is currently under redevelopment.
The area was once a working class suburb of Wandsworth and as such much of the property is medium sized terraced housing, though several new developments have been or are being developed, notably the Olympian Homes development between the station and library. The area now houses young families attracted by the affordability of the area in comparison to its north, west and eastern neighbours Clapham, Wandsworth, Battersea and Putney contributing to the wider area's nickname of Nappy Valley.
The River Wandle flows roughly parallel to Garratt Lane through the area, and has been the subject of a major, council funded clean-up operation, though it has been subjected to several pollution incidents in the past few years. There is some light industry located between the high street and the river.
There is not a considerable history to the area as it is based around a mainline (i.e. above ground) rail station that was built at the end in April 1884 in the place of a large Victorian residence called Earlsfield. When the site was sold by the Davis family to the London and South Western Railway one of the conditions of sale was that the station would be named after their house. Thus the name of that house provided the name of the station, and thence to the suburb.
Earlsfield Library has on display a range of historic photographs of the area.
The main shopping street - Garratt Lane - tends to be dominated by estate agents, restaurants, bars and, more recently, hairdressers.
The strength of the housing market in the area has led to a high estate agent presence with large national chains, such as Foxtons, Kinleigh Folkard & Haywood and Jacksons all having branches. The presence of NC Law, a property and commercial law firm, allows the agents to move quickly on sales and purchases.
Recently, the stretch of Earlsfield just to the south of the station has seen the first few examples of 'chain' stores arriving. The area now features a Caffe Nero, Hair Republic, Foodways and as of November 2008, the first neighbourhood version of the Carluccios chain, which appears to have been successful. A Sainsburys Local opened in 2009 next to the Library in Magdalen Road. In addition, several local pubs and bars have improved significantly - The Leather Bottle, The Halfway House, The Wandle (formerly The Puzzle), and Mel's Cafe Bar (the former Open Page). Garratt Lane is home to cross-cultural theatre company Tara Arts and their venue Tara Theatre. Opened in 2007 the space plays host to local and national companies as well as staging their own productions.
There are two churches in the centre - Earlsfield Baptist church on Magdalen Road and St Andrews (Church of England) on the corner of Garratt Lane and Waynflete Street, with St Gregory's (Catholic) and St John the Divine (CoE) further down Garratt Lane towards Wandsworth.
In June 2011, it was announced that a comprehensive £8 million refurbishment of Earlsfield train station would begin in autumn 2011. The improved station was expected to be ready in summer 2012 but completion was delayed to autumn 2012.
- Wandsworth Common SW17
- Clapham SW12
- Battersea SW11
- Wandsworth SW18
- Tooting SW17
- Southfields SW19
- Putney SW15
Next stop neighbouring travel connections
- Census Information Scheme (2012). "2011 Census Ward Population Estimates". Greater London Authority. Retrieved 30 January 2013.
- Ahluwalia, Ravneet, "Earlsfield - Southern perks, lower price", The London Paper
- Steele, Francesca; Carponen, Claire (May 22), "The difference a postcode makes to property prices in London", The Times (London), retrieved 2010-05-01
- see latest for sale prices at www.houseprices.nestoria.co.uk
- 2001 Census - Key Statistics, 09/11/2004
- Major Revamp for Earlsfield Station Revealed, 20/06/2011, retrieved 2012-08-13
- "Statistics prove Wandsworth Nappy Valley has highest birth rate", Wandsworth Guardian, 16/06/2009
- Clarke, Brian; Pavia, Will (2007-12-15), "Polluter pays to revive river killed by bleach", The Times (London)
- Gerhold, Dorian (1998), Wandsworth Past, Historical Publications, p. 68, ISBN 0-948667-47-8
- "Carluccio's upbeat after sales rise", This is money, 29 April 2009
- Jury, Louise (2011-03-09), "Captain Corelli author to star in his own 'Under Milk Wood' play", Evening Standard (London)
- Discussion forum for the Earlsfield Area
- The Borough of Wandsworth Rifle Club
- Earlsfield Boxing Club
- Edith's Streets - history by street