Cardinal Close, SM4


Like the adjacent Wolsey Crescent, this is named after Cardinal Thomas Wolsey (March 1473 – November 29, 1530), the English archbishop, statesman and a Cardinal of the Catholic Church. Under Henry VIII, as the king’s almoner, Wolsey became the controlling figure in virtually all matters of state. Though after failing to negotiate Henry’s annulment to Catherine of Aragon, Wolsey fell out of favour and was stripped of his titles. This is one of a group of streets on the Morden Park Tudor Estate built by G T Crouch in the 1930s, described in the builders brochure as: “… a splendid ambition come true – an ambition of the builders whose spacious model Estate of picturesque Tudor houses is in a model situation, and an ambition of the house-holder who finds here the perfect house in natural surroundings and yet within the easiest reach of town”. Perhaps the builders took their inspiration from the style of the housing.


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