Motspur Park, also known locally as West Barnes is a suburb in southwest London which has been, since 1965, spread across the boundary between the London Borough of Merton and the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames. It owes its identity to the railway station named Motspur Park, which has six trains an hour to London's Waterloo, and to the adjacent parade of small shops. Two prominent gas holders, which are used to store the consumer gas supply for south west London stand just south of the shopping parade and can be seen from a wide area. (These may have been torn down by the time of reading.)
Two of London’s minor natural water courses run through the area. The Beverley Brook runs south to north through its centre and its smaller tributary the Pyl Brook runs parallel further to the east. These have in the past given rise to some local flooding.
The district was historically known as West Barnes [redirected here] and formed part of the traditional county of Surrey. It was rural right up to the end of the nineteenth century when the railway station was built. Two local lanes (roads), West Barnes Lane and Blakes Lane, represent remnants from this rural era. The barns referred to were those at the western end of Merton Abbey's estates and were just north of West Barnes Lane's junction with the modern Crossway.
The current name comes from Motspur Farm which was located in the area between the modern road called Motspur Park and Chilmark Gardens. The 1865 OS map shows the farm's name as Mospur. The adage "Park" was appended when the area was developed for market gardening in the late nineteenth century. Along with Raynes Park, Stoneleigh Park and Worcester Park, Motspure Park denotes a system of intensive cultivation.
For more information, see the EN Wikipedia article Motspur Park.