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Digging up the history at Merton Abbey Mills

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17 February 2004

Own a new slice of history at Merton Abbey Mills, London, where a second phase of apartments is due to be released, following the success of the launch, at an exciting new development from award-winning developer, Copthorn Homes, part of Countryside Properties Plc

A wide range of one, two and three bedroom apartments are being built next to the River Wandle, on the site of the 12th Century Merton Priory, where Thomas à Becket, the English Pope and Adrian IV were educated, before it was demolished by Henry VIII. Queen Eleanor and Henry VI were also crowned there; living at Abbey Mills is history in the making.

As part of the preservation of the history of Abbey Mills, Copthorn Homes commissioned The Museum of London Archaeology Service (MoLAS) to conduct a series of archaeological studies of the area; the remains of a monastic building, an infirmary cloister, known burials, a slipway and a possible mill building have been discovered.  

A charitable trust has been established by Copthorn Homes’ parent company, Countryside Properties, who have committed £300,000 to create a new Merton Abbey Mills heritage project with the intention of showing some of the new finds from these excavations in the new centre.  

With two new lively restaurants, a hotel, a Virgin Active Health and Fitness Centre with a swimming pool and secure underground parking, Abbey Mills is set to become a vibrant new quarter in an area which historically played a major role in the Arts and Crafts movement with William Morris and Arthur Liberty both running workshops from the site in the 19th century.  This scheme has been specifically designed to provide opportunities for local people and to improve the local environment, creating over 250 new jobs as well as widespread environmental and landscape improvements.

The setting may be historic but the architecture and style at Abbey Mills are definitely modern, with the emphasis on space and light; flexible open-plan living areas, full height glazing to maximise natural light, wooden floors, stainless steel kitchen appliances, contemporary bathrooms and spacious bedrooms.

Situated in one of London’s greenest boroughs, Merton Abbey Mills offers a rural lifestyle within easy access to central London.  Residents can take walks along the Wandle trail and visit Morden Hall Park, a former deer park run by the National Trust or take a short walk to Bunce’s Meadow, where they can horse ride or enjoy a relaxing coffee at Deen City Farm. The famous Merton Abbey Mills weekend market is just steps away from the development including an exciting array of stalls and Farmer’s market with its fine range of organic produce and farmhouse cheeses. Just over a mile away is cosmopolitan Wimbledon, with its array of trendy bars, eateries, shops and leisure facilities.

Just 20 minutes away from Central London, Merton Abbey Mills is perfect for the commuter, with excellent transport links to 14 railway stations, the Northern & District Underground lines and trams linking Wimbledon to Croydon and Beckenham. There are also good road links via the A3 to the M25, Heathrow and Gatwick airports and the national motorway network.

Committed to providing its purchasers with as much choice as possible, Copthorn Homes has an Options & Choices scheme which gives buyers the opportunity to select from a range of additional interior fixtures and fittings.

For more information please contact the sales and marketing suite, which is open from Thursday to Monday, on 020 8543 6377 or take a virtual tour of the development by visiting our dedicated website at

Copthorn Homes is part of Countryside Properties PLC.

Picture Caption: Interior image of the show apartment at Abbey Mills, a development by
Copthorn Homes.

Further Media Information:
Issy Lowndes
Gritti Partnership Plc
T: 0870 444 4568

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Information correct as at 17/02/2004