Riddlesdown is a place in the London Borough of Croydon, one mile east from the centre of Purley. The name applies to the residential district and to the green space maintained by the City of London Corporation which is also known as Riddlesdown Common.
There is evidence of human activity in the area going back at least to neolithic times. Neolithic tools such as scrapes and flakes, and Bronze Age celts have been discovered there. The "Riddle" part of the name is thought to come from the Middle English ridde leah, meaning "cleared woodland". The name has been referred to variously over time as Ridelesdowne (1331), Redele (1338), North Ridle (1422), Riddleys, North Riddeley (1461) and Riddles Down (1765).
Riddlesdown railway station is located on Lower Barn Road with Southern Rail services to London Victoria and London Bridge. Close to the station on Lower Barn Road is also a local post office, hairdressing salon and pharmacy.
- Riddlesdown railway station
- The London Buses route 412, which runs between Purley, town centre and West Croydon Bus Station
- Riddlesdown Residents' Association
- Sanderstead Parish Online - Church of England Parish for Sanderstead, Riddlesdown and Hamsey Green
- Riddlesdown Collegiate
- H. E. Malden, ed. (1912). "A History of the County of Surrey: Volume 4". Victoria County History. pp. 199–205, Coulsdon. Retrieved 29 July 2012.
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