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Description of Sanderstead in 1907

From Where to Live Round London (2nd edn. 1907) [S70 ROW]

A small and delightfully pretty village situated on the side of the Surrey hills about three miles from Croydon... The district retains all the advantages of a really rural parish, while it has the benefit of the excellent market and educational facilities afforded by the proximity of the town. In a high but sheltered position on a chalk soil, it is growing rapidly, especially between the village and the railway station, where property of a good class and at moderate rental is being erected.

The old village - where, in the eighteenth century, resided Mrs. Elizabeth Montagu, the learned lady or `blue stocking' - with the parish church, is more than a mile from the station. The church, with its tall roof and low shingled spire, is principally Perpendicular in style, is very picturesquely situated, and the churchyard contains some fine old yew trees.

The surrounding country is very beautiful. The walks, drives and cycle rides are almost unending in variety; while to the golfer the links immediately at his door will offer an unfailing attraction. The course, which has recently been re-planned is of 18 holes and offers opportunity for some of the best sporting golf in the London district.

The station, served by the London, Brighton, and South Coast and South Eastern and Chatham Railway Companies, is on the Oxted line, and a good service of trains is available, while the main line trains from East Croydon are within reach by making use of the excellent tram service of the Croydon Corporation, running along the Brighton Road at a short distance from the station.

  • Railway Communication - Served by the joint lines of the London, Brighton & South Coast and the South Eastern Railway Companies. Service of electric trams to Croydon every few minutes
  • Rents - From 35
  • Rates - 5s 5d in the
  • Price of Gas - 2s 8d per 1000 cubic feet
  • Electric Light - Will be installed very shortly
  • Subsoil - Principally chalk
  • Altitude - Average about 400ft, rising to 560ft
  • Death Rate - Under Croydon, 12.7 per 1000
  • Distance from London - About 12 miles
  • Sports and Recreations - Purley Down Golf Clubs: Secretary A.W. Murray, 18 holes, Subscription & entrance fee 5 5s, Ladies Club
  • Places of Worship - The Parish Church, Emmanuel Church (South Croydon) and churches of all denominations in Croydon town
  • Schools - Boys: Whitgift Grammar School, Principal S.O. Andrew, M.A.; Elmhurst School, St. Peter's Road, Croydon, Principle C. Hardie Scott. Girls: High Schools, Wellesley Road, Croydon, Principal Miss Leahy

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