16 Facts About New Malden


New Malden was established entirely as a result of the arrival of the railway, when what is called New Malden railway station was opened on 1 December 1846 on the main line from London Waterloo.

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New Malden suffered damage from German bombing during the Second World War.

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New Malden is home to the offices of several large organisations, including Nestle Purina Pet Foods - until 2012 when Nestle moved its UK headquarters to Gatwick, and Northrop Grumman.

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New Malden is bounded to the north by the affluent Coombe Hill and to the south and east by Raynes Park, Worcester Park and Tolworth.

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New Malden includes Motspur Park, home to the training ground of Fulham FC, and the King's College London sports ground, home to the training ground of AFC Wimbledon.

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New Malden area has Korean language churches and nursery schools as well as restaurants and shops with Korean clientele.

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The original Embassy of South Korea was in New Malden, before moving to 60 Buckingham Gate in Westminster.

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Some factors cited in The Daily Telegraph as reasons why the Korean community formed in New Malden included a 1950s joint venture partnership between a chaebol and Racal Avionics, Lord Chancellor's Walk in Coombe Lane West previously serving as the residence of the Ambassador of South Korea to the United Kingdom, and Samsung Electronics having its UK offices in New Malden until they moved to their current location in Chertsey, Surrey in 2005.

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In 2016 New Malden gained twin city status with Jaffna, Sri Lanka and a permanent plaque was erected to celebrate this.

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New Malden has its own sports centre, the Malden Centre, which includes a swimming pool, gym and community facilities.

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New Malden has shops in Cobham and Dorking and expanded by acquiring department stores Elphicks of Farnham in October 2004, and Knights of Reigate in September 2006.

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New Malden has its own youth theatre, the Green Theatre Company, established in 1986 in a converted cricket pavilion at Barton Green.

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New Malden has its own "Dino-Golf" course, 18 holes of dinosaur themed crazy golf overlooking the A3, as well as a floodlit golf driving range.

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New Malden is home to the playing fields of both King's College London and the London School of Economics, which are available for hire when not in use by university teams.

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The Old New Malden area is well served by trains from New Malden Manor railway station, travelling north to London Waterloo and south to Chessington.

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New Malden has links to a third recipient of the Victoria Cross, Humphrey Osbaldston Brooke Firman VC, whose parents lived in Coombe at the time of his death.

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