Merton Council

Street names with historic links to the slave trade


Some roads in Merton have been named after individuals who have a historic link with the slave trade, either through their own actions or their families. This is the case with street names associated with the Burghley, Drax and Marryat families.

We are not proposing to change the names of any roads. For privately owned roads, we can only suggest actions that those residents may wish to take.

However, it is important to acknowledge this history and the impact these individuals’ actions have had, and continue to have, on our society. We would like to consult with residents of those roads, along with other interested individuals or groups, as to what would be the best way of marking this link. 

Consultation start date 14 April 2023
Consultation end date 31 May 2023

For more information about this engagement, please contact:

Consultation run by: Corporate Services
Mr Kris Witherington
Contact Numbers
Phone: 020 8545 3896