Map of Selsdon


Selsdon – Our Area, a short introduction

The boundaries of Selsdon are shown on the membership map. Selsdon is a pleasant surburb in Surrey, South East England on the southern border of the London Borough of Croydon. As well as bordering greenbelt countryside Selsdon has great transport links and is close to many local and national attractions.

Selsdon developed from farmland from the 1920’s and Selsdon today has a highstreet with banks, shops and restaurants, many churches, the ‘Village Club’, a pub, schools (one of which offers a members sports centre with swimming pool), a tennis club, two supermarkets, a library, a community centre, a hotel Spa and Golf course as well as many well run community focused clubs and voluntary groups.

Selsdon has two well maintained woods, Littleheath and Selsdon (over 264 acres in total!) as well as playground and recreation areas. It is also situated in walking distance of three well established golf courses (Croham Hurst, Selsdon and Farleigh) and a short drive from four others (Addington Court, The Addington, Purley Downs and Shirley Park). All this green space makes Selsdon a wildlife haven.

Selsdon is, at its highest points (such as in Littleheath Woods), more than 166 metres above sea level meaning that Selsdon is well placed for fresh air and fine vistas. Running through the two woods are two well known walking routes The London Loop (section 4) and The Vanguard Way (section 1).

Selsdon - A short History

For a more detailed history of Selsdon prior to its residential development see the Gazette pages

In summary…

For many hundreds of years the majority of the land in Selsdon was farmland owned by the Archbishop of Canterbury but leased out. The most famous long term resident of Selsdon was George Smith (30 April 1765 – 26 December 1836) MP, banker and director of the East India Company who bought the freehold in 1810. He transformed the Selsdon farm into a manor house, ‘Selsdon Park’. Smith was a great-great-grandfather (through George's grand-daughter Frances Bowes-Lyon, Countess of Strathmore and Kinghorne) of Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother, and therefore also ancestor of Elizabeth II. His memorial is in All Saints Church, Sanderstead. Folllowing his family’s residence in Selsdon there were two further owners until 1925, when the last ‘Squire’ died and the manor was sold for development. The house to become a hotel and golf course and from 1926 onwards the surrounding farmland began to be developed into what was then known as ‘Selsdon Garden Village’.

In the early 1970’s Selsdon hotel was used as the meeting place for Ted Heath and a like minded group where they wrote their Conservative manifesto promoting a free market economy. They published under the name ‘The Selsdon Group’ and those choosing to follow these tenets continue the group today though none, then or now, were actually associated with the area! There is also a Lord Selsdon who, again, is not actually linked to the area!

Selsdon Transport links

Bus services

Trains

Selsdon has direct access via frequent running, short bus journeys to East Croydon, West Croydon, South Croydon, Sanderstead and Purley Oaks railway stations.  Journey time into central London from these stations is approximately 30 minutes. These also provide direct trains to Gatwick and Luton and links to others.

Tram

Tramlink which runs through Croydon, is a short bus ride away at Addington Village interchange for transport East - West through South London between New Addington, or Beckenham and Wimbledon.

Car

Within the M25 area, Selsdon is approximately 6 miles or 20 minutes drive from the motorway, and 11 miles(18 km) from central London. The journey into London can take from 40 minutes upwards to drive, depending on the time of day.

Airports

Gatwick Airport to the South is the nearest major airport to Selsdon 16 miles (26 km) drive, via the M25 and M23, or by train via East Croydon or Purley stations.

Heathrow Airport is 34 miles (56 km) by road via the M25, or can be reached by various transport links through central London.

Biggin Hill airport is a small airport a short drive away.