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Purley Beeches Croydon

Summary

In 1907 Purley Beeches, an area of mature Beech woodland, was purchased partly by public subscription and partly by a rate levied on the rate payers of the Parish, saving the woodland from development. Prior to this a number of Sanderstead residents had paid a subscription to cover the rent and maintenance of the Beeches. In 1953, Coulsdon and Purley UDC was granted a coat of arms, which had two trees, an oak for the Purley Oaks and a beech for Purley Beeches.

Basic Details

Site location:
Purley Oaks Road/Purley Downs Road/Beech Avenue, Sanderstead

Postcode:
CR2 0RZ ( Google Map)

Type of site:
Public Open Land

Date(s):
1907

Designer(s):

Listed structures:
None

Borough:
Croydon

Site ownership:
LB Croydon

Site management:
Parks and Open Spaces

Open to public?
Yes

Opening times:
8am Mon-Fri/9am weekends - dusk

Special conditions:

Facilities:
Tennis courts, toilets

Events:

Public transport:
Rail: Sanderstead, Purley Oaks

The information shown above was correct at the time of the last update 01/12/2008
Please check with the site owner or manager for latest news. www.croydon.gov.uk

Further Information

Grid ref:
TQ328621

Size in hectares:
7.18

Green Flag:
No

On EH National Register :
No

EH grade:
None

Site on EH Heritage at Risk list:
No

Registered common or village green on Commons Registration Act 1965:
No

Protected under London Squares Preservation Act 1931:
No

Local Authority Data

The information below is taken from the relevant Local Authority's planning legislation, which was correct at the time of research but may have been amended in the interim. Please check with the Local Authority for latest planning information.

On Local List:
No

In Conservation Area:
No

Tree Preservation Order:
No

Nature Conservation Area:
Yes - Borough Importance II

Green Belt:
No

Metropolitan Open Land:
No

Special Policy Area:
No

Other LA designation:
Local Open Land

Fuller information

On 23 January 1907 Purley Parish Council held an important meeting in Sanderstead village school to discuss the purchase of Purley Beeches, as the option to purchase the site was due to expire in February of that year. Prior to this a number of Sanderstead residents had paid a subscription to cover the rent and maintenance of the Beeches, an area of mature beech woodland. The owner, a Mr E Arkwright, was asking the sum of £5400, which was around half the land's value for building purposes. Only £1474 had been raised and it was proposed that a rate of 2d in the £ should be levied on ratepayers. Although the Parish Council carried the resolution by 50 to 30 votes, a poll of the whole parish was demanded. This was held on 2 February 1907 and the majority of ratepayers voted in favour of the purchase. In 1953, Coulsdon and Purley UDC was granted a coat of arms, which had two trees, an oak for the Purley Oaks and a beech for Purley Beeches. Many of the trees were badly damaged or uprooted in the storm of 1987. The Beeches is adjacent to Wettern Tree Garden (q.v.).

Sources consulted:

Winterman, M A, Croydon's parks: an illustrated history (LB Croydon, 1988) p72

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