Directional, this was the main road from Malden to New Malden. Mentioned as Meldon in the Domesday Book of 1086, the old Malden which was to the north and west of today’s Worcester Park Station denoted a hill marked with a cross or crucifix, from the Old English words mǽl and dūn. The name went through various spellings including Meldon in 1206, Mauldon in 1225 and Maulden in 1602. The cross upon the hill is thought to have been formed from the foundations of the Church of St John the Baptist, which still retains Saxon features and is Grade II listed.
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