South Croydon

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South Croydon
46 South End, Croydon.jpg
South End, South Croydon
South Croydon is located in Greater London
South Croydon
South Croydon
Location within Greater London
Population15,790 (South Croydon ward)
OS grid referenceTQ325633
London borough
Ceremonial countyGreater London
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtCR2
Dialling code020
EU ParliamentLondon
UK Parliament
London Assembly
List of places
51°21′12″N 0°05′46″W / 51.3532°N 0.0962°W / 51.3532; -0.0962Coordinates: 51°21′12″N 0°05′46″W / 51.3532°N 0.0962°W / 51.3532; -0.0962

South Croydon in south London is the area surrounding the valley south of central Croydon about 1 km in radius, centred on what was the Red Deer public house on the Brighton Road.[citation needed] It is part of the South Croydon (CR2) post town and in the London Borough of Croydon. It is essentially a dormitory suburb for Croydon and London.


The placename Croydon is recorded as early as 809 and is listed in the 1086 Domesday Book.[1] South Croydon as a distinct area is found much later, in the 19th century, when the area was developed as a residential suburb.[1]


The area is largely covered by the South Croydon ward of Croydon Council, which elected 3 Conservatives in the last local elections in May 2018. Parts of the area are also in Fairfield ward, which elected 3 Labour Councillors in May 2018.

The area is split between the Parliamentary Constituencies of Croydon Central and Croydon South, with the area near South End located in Croydon Central, and the rest of the area located in Croydon South.


St Peter's Church

The area could be considered[who?] to be bounded to the north and east by the South Croydon (CR2) postal boundary and to the west and south by the historic Croydon parish boundary, which runs from Conduit Lane to Croham Hurst, crossing Croham Road where it becomes Croham Valley Road, then across to the railway line, crossing Selsdon Road where it becomes Upper Selsdon Road and Carlton Road where it becomes Mayfield Road. Thereafter the old parish boundary roughly follows the railway south.

Landmarks of South Croydon include:

  • The former Swan and Sugarloaf public house, now a branch of Tesco Express.
  • The former Red Deer public house, now a Polish Supermarket
  • Whitgift School
  • St Peter's Church (designed by George Gilbert Scott)
  • St Augustine's Church
  • South Croydon Bus Garage
  • 46 South End

Green space is provided to the west by the enormous Purley Way Playing Fields, and the hidden green space with gardens that is Haling Grove sandwiched between Pampisford Road and the A23: the extensive Whitgift School playing fields frequently host international cricket and rugby matches.

The postal district of South Croydon includes Sanderstead, Selsdon and two remnants of Addington, Croham Valley and Monks Hill. It has the following schools: Harris Academy Purley (formerly Haling Manor High School), Regina Coeli Catholic Primary School, St Peter's Primary School, St Giles School (specialist disabled school), Ridgeway Primary School, Gresham Primary School, Purley Oaks Primary School, Howard Primary School, Atwood Primary School, Selsdon Primary and Nursery School, Greenvale Primary School, Gilbert Scott Primary School, Whitgift School and The Quest Academy.

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  1. ^ a b Mills, D. (2000). Oxford Dictionary of London Place Names. Oxford.

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