Tattenham Corner

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Tattenham Corner
Shops in Tattenham Crescent.jpg
Shops in Tattenham Crescent
Tattenham Corner is located in Surrey
Tattenham Corner
Tattenham Corner
Location within Surrey
Area2.45 km2 (0.95 sq mi)
Population7,274 (2011 census. Ward)[1]
• Density2,969/km2 (7,690/sq mi)
OS grid referenceTQ2557
Civil parish
  • n/a
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townEpsom
Postcode districtKT18
Dialling code01737
AmbulanceSouth East Coast
UK Parliament
List of places
51°18′32″N 0°14′35″W / 51.309°N 0.243°W / 51.309; -0.243Coordinates: 51°18′32″N 0°14′35″W / 51.309°N 0.243°W / 51.309; -0.243
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Tattenham Corner is a neighbourhood in north Surrey, UK, but the name is principally associated with Epsom Racecourse. It is in the Tattenhams ward of Reigate and Banstead Borough.


Tattenham Corner refers to the sharp bend in the track at the eastern (upper) part of Epsom Racecourse and its immediate vicinity, which includes Tattenham Corner railway station, a few shops and a branch library. The racecourse itself and a short length of road between the station and the course are in the borough of Epsom & Ewell. The remainder of the local area, which is residential and has a high proportion of Central London commuters, is known as Tattenhams or Great Tattenham and Little Tattenham, and is in Tattenhams ward of Reigate & Banstead.


The area is on the northern slope of the North Downs. It was formerly used largely for cattle pasture, sheep farming and wood gathering.[2] By the 1770s, Tattenham Corner was the established name for the top section of the relatively new Epsom Racecourse on Epsom Downs.[2] Between 1850 and 1950 much of the area was built up. The railways arrived in the area.[3]

Topography of Tattenhams[edit]

Tattenhams (sometimes known as Tattenham Corner after the station) is a residential area centered on the road Great Tattenhams (B2221). It largely coincides with the Tattenhams ward of Reigate & Banstead Corner. It is bounded to the south by the Preston Estate, to the south-west by Tadworth, to the west by Walton Downs and Epsom Downs, to the north by Nork and to the east by Banstead. Elevations range between 180 m AOD (above sea level) at its south-east corner and 140 m along most of the northern border. The ward also includes, at its east end and some way from Tattenham Corner, a small area known as Great Burgh, which usually refers only to the former manor site there.

Tattenhams has an established Church of England parish.

Demography and housing: Tattenhams ward[edit]

2011 Census Homes
Ward Detached Semi-detached Terraced Flats and apartments Caravans/temporary/mobile homes/houseboats Shared between households[1]
Tattenhams 1,006 902 585 630 0 0
The average level of accommodation in the region composed of detached houses was 28%, the average that was apartments was 22.6%.
2011 Census Households
Ward Population Households % Owned outright % Owned with a loan hectares[1]
Tattenhams 7,370 3,123 38 38 245

The proportion of households who owned their home outright compares to the regional average of 35.1%. The proportion who owned their home with a loan compares to the regional average of 32.5%. The remaining % is made up of rented dwellings (plus a negligible % of households living rent-free).

Homes, mostly split between the three main types of houses with gardens are predominantly of early twentieth-century origin. The fourth category of homes here, apartments range in date from the late-twentieth to the early twenty-first centuries.


Tattenham Corner railway station is where Queen Elizabeth II used to be dropped off by the Royal Train on race days, and is closer to the racecourse than Epsom Downs railway station. There are several bus services going through the area, towards Epsom, Sutton or Redhill. In 1993 it was the site of a train crash, where a driver several times over the then legal drink-drive limit failed to stop the train at the buffers, crashing into the station-hut.[4][5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Key Statistics; Quick Statistics: Population Density United Kingdom Census 2011 Office for National Statistics Retrieved 20 December 2013
  2. ^ a b H.E. Malden (editor) (1911). "Parishes: Epsom". A History of the County of Surrey: Volume 3. Institute of Historical Research. Retrieved 29 December 2013. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link) CS1 maint: extra text: authors list (link)
  3. ^ H.E. Malden (editor) (1911). "Parishes: Banstead". A History of the County of Surrey: Volume 3. Institute of Historical Research. Retrieved 29 December 2013. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link) CS1 maint: extra text: authors list (link)
  4. ^ "Train driver jailed". The Independent. 17 September 1994. Retrieved 19 December 2019.
  5. ^ "London Rail Disasters and Other Unfortunate Events". h2g2 The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy:Earth Edition. 10 January 2007. Retrieved 19 December 2019.

External links[edit]

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