West Barnes & Cannon Hill
Discovering the Past 2: by Peter Hopkins
Like its predecessor, on Lower Morden, this large-format booklet devotes each of its 15 double-spread pages to a separate theme. After useful discussions of four key periods in the early history of the district, and an explanation of Merton Priory's estates at the Dissolution, there are lucid histories of each farm or other piece of land that together made up the western part of Merton parish and the immediately surrounding area. For each there is at least one map, the outline of each land-holding being superimposed on a modern map. The narrative is clear, and throughout there are nicely varied illustrations.
Review in MHS Bulletin 136 (Dec 2000)
West Barnes covered the areas now known as Raynes Park and Motspur Park.