Beddington church is first mentioned in the Domesday Book in 1086. It is possible that the church was then newly founded by either Azor the Saxon lord who owned Beddington before 1066, or Robert de Watteville who gained the manor after the Norman conquest.
Beddington Park was originally part of the deer park attached to Carew Manor, which was once a major country house. At its height in the Tudor period the park occupied almost all the land between Mitcham Common, Beddington Lane, Croydon Road and London Road.
There was a dovecote at Carew Manor in Tudor times which stood in Pigeon House Meadow, which may have been to the east of the present site. It was probably demolished and replaced by the existing building between 1707 and 1727, when the first Baronet, Sir Nicholas Carew, reorganised the grounds around the house.
The Friends of Beddington Park are a group of local residents, who give their time freely to look after the park, and seek to improve the provision of amenities and facilities in the Park either through public funding or by Public Private partnership or fund raising.
The land was acquired by Alfred Smee in the 1860s who created a very elaborate garden described in My Garden (1872). His son built a house on the site which was burnt down in 1960 and eventually replaced by the present building.
The Domesday Book mentions two Beddington estates and these were united by Nicholas Carew to form Carew Manor in 1381. The Manor, once a medieval moated house, was home to the Royal Female Orphanage from 1762 until 1968. It now contains council offices and Carew Manor School.
Friends of Beddington Park
The Friends of Beddington and the Grange Parks
The Friends is an independent organisation and in partnership with Sutton Council shall:
seek to improve the provision of amenities and facilities in the Park either through public funding,
by Public Private partnership or fund raising.
promote development and maintenance of the Parks and waterways
promote the Parks with their historical connections, as an important part of the local heritage
promote as a public open space for use for public walks and leisure amenities.
promote as a site of Importance for Nature Conservation and Wildlife
present the views of users of the Parks to the Council on matters relating to the management of the Parks.