Carshalton is part of the Carshalton and Wallington parliamentary constituency formed in 1983.Tom Brake (Liberal Democrat) has been its MP since 1997. Its domesday assets were: 3½ hides; 1 church, 10 ploughs, 1 mill worth £1 15s 0d, 22 acres (89,000 m In the Middle Ages the land in the village was generally farmed in the form of a number of open fields, divided into strips.Carshalton Beeches is the area to the west of Carshalton-on-the-Hill, from Crichton Road/Queen Mary's Avenue/Diamond Jubilee Way in the east, Banstead Road/Banstead Road South in the west and Fairlawn Road to the south.
The Wrythe lies between Carshalton village to the south and St Helier to the north-west.
Its name is thought to derive from the rye that was once grown in this area, or from the Anglo-Saxon word rithe which means a small stream.
The Conservation Area contains many of the Listed and Locally Listed Buildings which contribute to the historical significance of the area, and is widely considered to contain some of the finest historical architecture and road layout within the Borough.
An example is Stone Court, an early 19th-century building with a gate house, situated on the northern edge of Grove Park.
The Grade II listed Honeywood Museum sits on the west side, a few yards from the water.
There are a number of other listed buildings, as well as three conservation areas, including one in the village.
Carshalton is centred 1.2 miles (1.9 km) east of the town centre of Sutton, within the London Borough of Sutton. The main focal point, Carshalton Village, is visually scenic and picturesque.
At its centre it has two adjoining ponds, which are overlooked by the Grade II listed All Saints Church on the south side and the Victorian Grove Park on the north side.
Central Carshalton, around the ponds and High Street, retains a village character, although the busy A232 runs through the area.
There are a number of buildings and open spaces protected by the Carshalton Village Conservation Area. In 1993 its boundary was extended to include parts of Mill Lane and parts of The Square and Talbot Road, containing the All Saints Church Rectory.
In 1847 a railway line was laid from Croydon to Epsom through Carshalton, but the first station was built in fields south of Wallington.