Mitcham

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Coordinates: 51°24′03″N 0°09′06″W / 51.4009°N 0.1517°W / 51.4009; -0.1517

Mitcham is a district in South London, in the London Borough of Merton. The area is located on the border of Inner London and Outer London. It is both residentially and financially developed, well served by Transport for London, and home to Mitcham Town Centre, Mitcham Library, and Mitcham Cricket Green. Nearby districts include Streatham, Tooting, Sutton, and Croydon.

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Location

Mitcham is located between London Borough of Wandsworth and London Borough of Sutton and close to Wimbledon, Streatham and Tooting. The River Wandle bounds the town to the southwest. The original village lies in the west, although expansion has pushed the eastern boundary the furthest. Mitcham Common takes up the greater part of the boundary and area to the south. Mitcham had never been well serviced by railway, due to it being equidistant between the historic lines of Waterloo to Southampton and London Bridge to Brighton. A recent addition of Mitcham Eastfields railway station in June 2008, nearer to the centre of the town than Mitcham Junction, on the same line, has improved transport links. It is the first suburban station to be built in 50 years in the area. The station serves routes to London Victoria, Blackfriars and London Bridge, and by changing at Streatham 5 minutes away, makes St Albans and Bedford and Luton airport within reach by direct trains. An 18th century milestone on Figges Marsh indicates Mitcham to be 8.5 miles (13.7 km) from Whitehall.

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