New Malden is a suburb in southwest London, situated mostly within the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames and partly in the London Borough of Merton, and is 9.4 miles (15.1 km) from Charing Cross (the measuring point for the centre of London). Neighbouring localities are Kingston upon Thames, Raynes Park, Surbiton, Wimbledon, Tolworth, and Worcester Park.
New Malden was established entirely as a result of the arrival of the railway when what is now called New Malden railway station was opened on 1 December 1846 on the main line from Waterloo. However, when Queen Victoria visited distinguished residents in the Coombe Hill area, the royal train always continued to Norbiton station where the platform was at ground level. (Being somewhat disabled, so would I.)
Building started slowly in the area just to the north of the station, gathering pace in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries with two- and three-bedroom terraced houses. Further out larger detached and semi-detached houses were built in the 1930s. The name of the road up the hill to Coombe, Traps Lane, is thought to derive from a farm owned by a Mrs Trap.
Two miles (3 km) to the south is the former village of Old Malden (from which New Malden gets its name) whose origins go back to Anglo-Saxon times, the name being the Old English Mæl + duna = "the cross on the hill".
Under the District Councils Act 1895, the Maldens and Coombe Urban District Council was created (the plural relating to Old Malden and New Malden). In 1936 Malden and Coombe was granted full Borough status, with its own Mayor, and had the rare distinction of a civic mace bearing the royal insignia of King Edward VIII. In 1965, the London Government Act 1963 came into force merging the boroughs of Malden & Coombe and Surbiton with Kingston upon Thames to form the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames.