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Merton

A Thameslink (First Capital Connect) station located half a mile south-west of Morden tube station, but not a name used for the surrounding area. The railway line from Wimbledon to Sutton opened in 1930. Like other stations on this line, Morden South is little more than a halt, with no booking hall or retail amenities. Traffic on the line never justified the expense of its construction, while the nearby tube station became one of the busiest residential destinations on the network. The Northern line’s predecessors built a depot behind Morden South station and it might have been possible to create a tube/rail interchange here but the two companies were antagonistic rather than co-operative. Express Dairies operated a bottling plant on a former field between the two sets of rails, with their own siding and locomotive. After the dairy closed London’s Ahmadiyya Muslim community purchased the 5-acre site for the construction of one of the largest mosques in Europe. Inaugurated in 2003, the imposing Baitul Futuh mosque cost 5.5 million, contributed by the community’s members, and can accommodate up to 10,000 worshippers. Ancillary parts of the mosque are built around the fabric of the dairy and the old chimney was cleverly converted into a minaret, allowing a taller structure than would otherwise have been permitted.

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The Baitul Futuh mosque is faced in a specially formulated reconstituted marble, designed to withstand the British weather. Images show the southern aspect, the men’s prayer hall and a water feature beside the entrance steps.

Postcode area: Morden, SM4
Station: First Capital Connect (Thameslink) (Zone 4)

Baitul Futuh web page

Chambers London Gazetteer has separate entries for Morden, Lower Morden, Morden Park and Morden South

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