Norbiton

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Coordinates: 51°24′43″N 0°16′59″W / 51.41194°N 0.28311°W / 51.41194; -0.28311

Norbiton is a place in the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames, London. It lies approximately 1 mile (1.6 km) east of Kingston upon Thames's town centre, and 11 miles (17.7 km) from Charing Cross. Its main landmarks include Kingston Hospital 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.

Its name was originally Norberton(e), [from the Old English north buritum' or granary], as it was named in a similar way to Surbiton on the opposite side of the Hogsmill River.

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.

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. Perhaps this is 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.

The Anatomy of Norbiton is, unsurprisingly, set in Norbiton.

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