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Introduction to Earlsfield
The area was developed around the overground rail station that was built at the end of April 1884 in the place of a large Victoria residence called Earlsfield. When the site was sold by the Davis family to the London and South Western Railway one of the conditions of the 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 today is a fantastic area with an excellent young family community. It’s Vibrant high street has some great bars and café’s popular with young professionals. The area also benefits from an amazingly fast train link into London Waterloo making it an even more desirable area to live in.
Earlsfield has excellent links into London with fast trains from the overland station which recently underwent an £8million refurbishment, reaching London Waterloo in just 13 minutes. The local bus routes are also extremely useful from the 44 taking you to Victoria to the 270 finishing at Putney Bridge. There is also the N44 night bus which travels from Aldwych.
There are some very well regarded primary schools in the area, Beatrix Potter which is situated on Magdalen Road is popular with the young families and is located in the heart of Earlsfield. There is also Allfarthing and Swaffield Primary Schools located on St Anns Crescent, a moment away from Garratt Lane. For secondary schools you have a choice from Burntwood School, Ernest Belvin College and Southfields Academy.
Earlsfield has some excellent attractions for both children and adults. Local parents enjoy taking their children to ‘It’s a Kids Thing’ an exciting 2 tier play structure with a great choices of activities suitable for babies to nine year olds. You also have Mini Potters located on Garratt Lane which is a wonderful pottery painting studio great for children parties. The park life is fantastic with Garratt Park and King George’s Park offering 55 acres of playing areas, sport pitches and children playgrounds perfect for that sunny family day out. A short distance away is Wandsworth Common which attracts locals for dog walking, cycling and running. For adults the attractions are endless with wonderful Victorian Pubs scattered around the area serving good quality cuisine, one of them being the Leather Bottle famously known for it’s large pub garden and one of Wandsworth’s oldest buildings. You can also catch a show at the Tara Arts theatre which is located just opposite Earlsfield Train Station.