This district of south-west London lies on the south bank of the River Thames, just north of Putney. The name dates back to at least the 11th century, but the origins are not known.
Mortlake was a rural district for much of its history, but by the 16th century it had already become a popular retreat for London's wealthier residents. Over the next 200 years several large houses and mansions were built in the area, but nevertheless the population remained quite small.
Things changed dramatically in the 19th century when the expansion of London reached the district. Mortlake was soon built up with rows of Victorian terraces and town houses, and the area soon became a popular residential suburb.
Some of the Victorian houses remain today, and Mortlake retains some of its former rural character, making it one of the more pleasant of London suburbs.
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