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Coulsdon, Purley and Old Coulsdon

An Introduction
Coulsdon is an outer London suburb. It has a rich history which can be dated back to 675 when a deed for Coulsdon (Curedesdone) Manor was granted; however people had been living in the area long before this time with archaeologists discovering evidence of flint axes (c100,000 BC).

It benefits from an excellent location with easy access to the South Coast, central London and the M25 motorway. There are also three railway stations and very good bus services.

Coulsdon has a good blend of the old and the new when it comes to shops and restaurants. For even more choice Croydon is located a few miles away and London is a short train journey away.

For those who enjoy getting out and about Coulsdon benefits from vast open spaces with the historic Farthing Downs and the popular Coulsdon Common in easy reach.

Coulsdon is the perfect location and Croydon Council is committed to on-going investment and future development in the area over the coming years.

The prestigious and sought after millionaire’s Webb Estate is north of Coulsdon town centre and is approximately 260 acres. It is one of the most exclusive collections of private residences in the country.

Transport Links


Coulsdon benefits from three station: Coulsdon South, Coulsdon Town (formally Smitham) and Woodmansterne

Coulsdon South and Coulsdon Town both have excellent frequent services to London Bridge and accessible under the London travel card scheme. The stations are located in zone 6.

Gatwick Airport is a direct route from Coulsdon South station and a one change route from Coulsdon Town.

There are also regular services to the surrounding areas – full details at

There are car parking and cycle storage facilities at both stations.

Woodmansterne station offers more localised services and has no car park.

Purley Mainline Rail Station has frequent commuting links to, London Bridge, London Victoria and regular services to Gatwick Airport and the Coast. The station is managed by Southern and also benefits from public WiFi and a 169 space car park.

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Coulsdon is well known for being ideally placed to provide direct travel into central London via the A23. Access can also be made via the M23 to the M25. It is a gate way to the Southern Coast via the A22/A23 - Brighton is approximately 40 miles away and Eastbourne 60 miles.

Gatwick Airport for international travel is approximately 14 miles from Coulsdon via the A23.

Croydon with its diverse shopping, leisure and entertainment facilities is a direct drive from Coulsdon on the A23.,

Coulsdon Bus Routes

Click links to right to view PDF of Coulsdon & Purley routes

Day buses

60 – Old Coulsdon to Streatham Common
166 – Banstead - Epsom to Croydon
405 - Redhill to Croydon
404 – Caterham on the Hill to Coulsdon
434 – Rickman Hill to Whyteleafe
463 – Coulson South Station to Mitcham Eastfields

Night buses

N68 – Old Coulsdon to Tottenham Court Road

Purley Bus Routes

Day buses

60 - Old Coulsdon, Streatham Common
127 - Tooting Broadway
166 - Banstead, Epsom, West Croydon
289 - Elmers End
405 – Redhill, West Croydon
407 - Caterham, Sutton
412 - West Croydon, Rickman Hill
434 - Whyteleafe South
455 - Old Lodge lane, Wallington
466 - Addington Village, Caterham-on-the-Hill

Night buses:

N68 - Old Coulsdon, Tottenham Court Road

Bus services are regular and managed by Transport for London. They provide excellent access from Coulsdon and Purley to surrounding areas.

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Air Options

London Gatwick is the closest airport to Coulsdon and Purley at a distance of approximately 14 miles. It is easily accessible via the M23 and A23 or by rail from the local stations. London Heathrow airport is also accessible.

For those flying enthusiasts Kenley Aerodrome can be found close by (approximately four miles) It was opened during the First World War and later played an important part in the Battle of Britain as RAF Kenley. The airfield is still used today by 615 VGS (Volunteer Gliding Squadron) flying the Grob Viking glider. They provide air experience flights to Air Cadets and the CCF.

Surrey Hills Gliding Club operates at Kenley and offers taster courses or air experience flights.

Redhill Aerodrome is situated approximately nine miles away. It provides different types of small aircraft, including helicopters and the notorious 1930’s Tiger Moth biplane.

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Coulsdon and Purley have a variety of schools providing a high standard of education for all ages.

The facilities range from mother and toddler groups, nurseries and Pre-Schools to Primary and Secondary schools.

Further education is served by Coulsdon College, John Ruskin College and Croydon College.

There are a range of schemes and programmes in place to continue the improvement of Croydon Borough schools. The Transforming Croydon Schools programme will invest £350 million of central government funding to transform the standard of education in the Borough. The Croydon Healthy Schools Scheme is in place with aims to support children and young people in developing healthy behaviours, to help raise pupil achievements, to help reduce health inequalities and to help promote social inclusion.

Estimates for Croydon Borough. Source - Croydon Council website 2010

Brief details of schools in and around the area including contact details and links to Ofsted reports can be found at:

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Shopping in and around Coulsdon and Purley
There are many local amenities at hand including banks, building societies, post offices and libraries. There is a good selection of independent retailers alongside national chains such as Boots and Waitrose. Multistory and pay and display car parks are accessible.

For convenience there is a large 24hr Tesco Superstore in the town centre of Purley.

A short trip and you are in Croydon, one of the main shopping centres south of London with over 2.5 million sq.ft of retail space. It has a vast mix of shopping facilities including restaurants, High Street and designer retailers and two large indoor multiplex shopping malls, Centrale and the Whitgift Centre.

Also located a short drive away off the A23 is the Valley Park out of town shopping area with retailers including B&Q, Next, Boots, and IKEA.

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Coulsdon and Purley is perfectly located for those who like to relax with access to rural walks, peaceful parks and glorious open spaces. For those who enjoy eating out the town centres are home to a fine collection of restaurants including Thai, Spanish, Indian and Italian restaurants and Steak Houses. There is also a range of wine bars, cafes and traditional pubs for those who prefer a quiet drink, pub quizzes and socializing.

Wander along the Brighton road from Purley and you will find Croydon with its eclectic mix of shopping facilities. There is a wide range of fantastic restaurants with all types of food.

Also in the area are cinemas, night clubs and theatres including the Fairfield Halls which attracts international stars.

Coulsdon and Purley are home to a wide variety of leisure facilities. The area is rich in wildlife and the leafy suburbs, surrounding parks and commons allow ample scope for taking in the fresh air by cycling, running, walking or even learning to fly! There are facilities for golf lovers with a number of clubs locally including Purley Downs and Woodcote Park Golf Clubs. The local Sports Clubs have a wide range of sports on offer including bowls, cricket, football, hockey, lacrosse, rugby, squash and tennis. Purley Pool and Recreation Centre is located within the town centre of Purley. Some of the facilities and services include a teaching pool, parent and child classes, aqua aerobics and a gym. Also of course there is easy access to London and its world-class sporting venues.

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