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The site of Gatehouse

Merton High Streetgatehouse

This site is on the Nelson Trail.

During the early 19th Century, this was the family home of James Halfhide, owner of a successful calico print works, situated to the rear of the house. During 1801, Lord Nelson is known to have purchased a strip of land from his neighbour, Mr Halfhide, for £23.

Halfhide & Son went bankrupt in 1804. Gatehouse was later owned by Charles Smith and his brother, Rear Admiral Isaac Smith. (The latter accompanied Captain Cook aboard “The Endeavour” and was the first Englishman to set foot on Australian soil.) In 1826, the Smith family acquired most of the Merton section of Lord Nelson’s former estate. This remained in their family until the interwar period, when it was used for a factory estate.

How to get there

Approximately 1-2 minutes walk from Wandle Park, this lies to the right of Savacentre, just past Mill Road.

This site is now covered by flats.

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This page was last updated on Wednesday 11 November 2009

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