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Norbiton
Norbiton housing.jpg
Norbiton shown within Greater London
Population 10,107 (2011 Census. Ward)
OS grid reference TQ195695
London borough
Ceremonial county Greater London
Region
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Kingston upon Thames
Postcode district KT1, KT2
Dialling code 020
Police Metropolitan
Fire London
Ambulance London
EU Parliament London
UK Parliament
  • Kingston and Surbiton
London Assembly
  • South West
List of places
UK
England
LondonCoordinates: 51°24′43″N 0°16′59″W / 51.41194°N 0.28311°W / 51.41194; -0.28311

Norbiton is an area within the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames, London. It lies approximately 1 mile (1.6 km) east of Kingston upon Thames town centre, and 11 miles (17.7 km) from Charing Cross. Its main landmarks include Kingston Hospital and Angry Shopkeepers cornershop and Kingsmeadow football stadium, which is currently used for the home matches of both AFC Wimbledon and Kingstonian F.C.. St Peter's Church is also located at the other end of the area.

History

Kingston-upon-Thames MB Ward Map 1868
Norbiton ward of Kingston upon Thames Municipal Borough in 1868.

Its name was originally Norberton(e) and it was named in a similar way to Surbiton on the opposite side of the Hogsmill River. The origin of the place-name is from the Old English words north, bere and tun (meaning northern grange or outlying farm) .

Norbiton's housing stock largely consists of large family Victorian and Edwardian houses, plus small localised brownfield redevelopments of 1960s, 1980s and modern flats. It contains more council and social housing than most other areas of Kingston - one of the largest such sites, the New Cambridge Estate, was used as a fictional council estate in TV drama The Bill, as well as the BBC sitcom Some Girls (TV series). It is home also to Kingston Cemetery on Bonner Hill.

Being 25 minutes via train to Waterloo station, the suburban population includes a large concentration of London commuters. This may be why the railway station here was famously used as a location for the British sitcom The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin. The headquarters of the Fire Brigades Union is located close to the station, on Coombe Road.

A notable resident was Cesar Picton, an African enslaved at the age of six, who lived as a servant (though evidently a very favoured one) at Norbiton Place for nearly thirty years from 1761, before becoming a highly successful coal-merchant in Kingston.

Norbiton is the location for the One Norbiton Working Together project, an initiative supported by the Cabinet Office under the LIS banner. One Norbiton is a pilot initiative established in 2010 by the Government and the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames to give people greater influence over local services. It is primarily made up of local residents and businesses, with input from the police, council officials and other professionals.

Transport and locale

Nearby places

Nearest railway stations

  • Norbiton railway station
  • Kingston railway station
  • Berrylands railway station
  • New Malden railway station

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