Postcode district: SW18
Bordered by the River Thames to the north, Wandsworth Common to the east, Burntwood Lane to the south, and to the west it stops just short of Wimbledon Park and Wandsworth Park (but includes King Georges Park). Its tube stations include Southfields and Wimbledon Park. The main road routes running through SW18 are Trinity Road, Garratt Lane, Merton Road, and East Hill. The River Wandle also runs through the area. The SW18 postcode district lies within or includes part of the following towns, counties, localities, electoral wards and stations: Earlsfield, Earlsfield Station, East Putney, Fairfield, Latchmere, London, Merton, Southfields, Southfields Station, St Mary's Park, Thamesfield, Wandsworth, Wandsworth Common, Wandsworth Town Station, West Hill, Wimbledon Park.
Like its neighbouring areas, the area of Wandsworth was once entirely rural, consisting of farmland which was used to feed the Londoners across the river. This area in particular was owned by Earl Spencer (it is suspected that this is where the name Earlsfield comes from), and was covered in watercress fields. The area of Southfields similarly takes its name from its rural period, when it was known as the south field of the Manor of Dunsford. Southfields remained rural long after neighbouring Wimbledon and Putney had begun to develop. It stayed that way until what is now the district tube line station opened in 1889. This encouraged growth in the area and in 1890 the first school opened on Merton road. The area has experienced a similar trend in growth to that of neighbouring Battersea. Like Battersea, the proximity to the river encouraged major industrial development in the area, during the industrial revolution. This had a knock-on effect, and much of the domestic building in the area now is a result of the demand for housing for the working classes in the Victorian industrial age.
The River, as in neighbouring Battersea, was until relatively recently, the centre of industry in the area. However, as industry has moved out of the area, a number of luxury riverside apartments have appeared, such as Dolphin House, Compass House and Bluewater House, all located on Smugglers Way. On the eastern border on SW18 is Old York Road. As the former centre of Wandsworth, there is still a village feel about the area, as well as a variety of property types, ranging from terraced, to larger semi-detached and some detached properties. However, towards the bottom of East Hill there are a range of less attractive council properties. Southfields is located towards the south west of the postcode district. The area of Southfields comprises typical Victorian terraces, laid out in a typical Victorian grid pattern (in between Replingham Road in the north, and Ryfold Road in the south). Many of these streets remain as individual houses (such as the majority on Clonmore Street), though some have now been converted into flats (such as Lavenham Road). To the south of the postcode district is Earlsfield, located around Allfarthing Lane. It is a popular residential area, with a main line train link from Earlsfield Station. Property in the area predominantly consists of Victorian terraces, originally built to house the working classes, but now popular amongst young families due to the proximity of good schools and the green open spaces (such as St. Georges Park) in the area. The most desirable areas are the terraces on roads such as Thorndean Street, Isis Street, Bucharest Road and Bassingham Road.