Hamsey Green shown within Greater London
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Hamsey Green is a place on the plateau of the North Downs between the villages of Sanderstead to the north and Warlingham to the south. It is split almost across the centre into north and south so is in part in the Tandridge district of Surrey and in part in the London Borough of Croydon.
Geography and amenities
The settlement is a quasi-village which technically does not quite meet village status because of a longstanding dependency on Sanderstead. It stretches along the B269 Limpsfield Road with typical suburban houses and a relatively large parade with several restaurants, Co-operative convenience stores and other shops. The northern border of the village with Sanderstead is Wentworth Way, which marks the edge of the former Hamsey Green Farm estate that was sold off for housing in the 1920s. The Good Companions, demolished December 2012, was a large pub on the corner with Tithepit Shaw Lane and with the parade, is on the Croydon side of the border; to the south in Surrey, Hamsey Green is mainly residential with a primary and a secondary school. Within Hamsey Green is St Anthony's (C of E) church which provides alternative, more modern form of worship within the larger parish of Sanderstead, to the older church there.
A pond is found by the east side of the Limpsfield Road, believed to date from Neolithic times. It has been recorded since the 13th century was mentioned in the Elizabethan Manor Rolls for Sanderstead Manor, when it was referred to as "Wychemere". It is thought to have been a watering hole for cattle. Suburban development in the 1930s reduced the size of the pond; it is now maintained by Croydon Council and local volunteers.
There are important open spaces on either side of Hamsey Green: to the east is King's Wood; to the west is Riddlesdown. The London LOOP path around London passes through on the route between West Wickham Common and Coulsdon.
Hamsey Green has never had a manor and the two manors to the north and south were owned by the Atwood Family, who lived at Sanderstead Court. The church was built in 1957 and part of Sanderstead parish.
The number of pubs and their success, south of Sanderstead, owed to their location for centuries as the nearest to Sanderstead, which has none due to the abstentionist Lord of the manor in the early 19th century having the right to appoint a related rector and who imposed conditions on the land sold to prevent the building of pubs.
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- Sanderstead Parish Online - Church of England Parish for Sanderstead, Hamsey Green and Riddlesdown
- H.E. Malden (editor) (1912). "Parishes: Sanderstead". A History of the County of Surrey: Volume 4. Institute of Historical Research. Retrieved 31 October 2013.
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