TQ2567 : Morden South station and the Ahmadiyya Mosque

taken 6 years ago, near to Morden, Merton, Great Britain

Morden South station and the Ahmadiyya Mosque
Morden South station and the Ahmadiyya Mosque
The Wimbledon to Sutton line was first proposed in the early 1880s with the intention of stimulating house building across the clay pastures between the two towns, which up until then had remained largely untouched. Lack of enthusiasm or downright opposition from established railway companies, particularly the London, Brighton & South Coast Railway, prevented any progress until after the First World War. The LBSCR went to such lengths to prove there was no need for a railway north of Sutton that when a Parliamentary committee in 1910 was considering a Bill for the line they produced a lady who explained that she had once tried to hail a bus which used to run between Wimbledon and Sutton. The conductor was so surprised that he failed to signal to the driver to stop, and the driver turned round to see what the lady was waving at.

The line finally opened in 1930, nearly 50 years after it was first proposed. The Wimbledon to Sutton line was designed for electric trains, with many inclines and sharp curves, although it hardly justified the drivers' nickname for it: "Wall of Death".

Morden South, along with other stations on the line, has a single central platform. It is the most memorable station on the line because of the huge Ahmadiyya Mosque of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community UK next to it. A First Capital Connect train on its way from Luton to Sutton is just leaving the platform.
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Date Taken
Wednesday, 22 August, 2012   (more nearby)
Wednesday, 22 August, 2012
Geographical Context
Religious sites  Railways 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 2538 6788 [10m precision]
WGS84: 51:23.7666N 0:11.9504W
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OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 2539 6777
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