Saturday, 29 August 2009

The London/Surrey Boundary. Brighton Road

The London/Surrey/Croydon boundary down Drive Road westwards, crosses Woodplace Lane, and continues westwards across the northern boundary of Star Shaw to the A23.
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A boundary area on the turnpike section of the Brighton Road marked by a City of London coal dues post. It also lay on the route of the Surrey Iron Railway.

Sites on the London, Croydon side of the boundary
Croydon, Merstham and Godstone tramway - Its route went southwards after Starrock Road the line crossed the Brighton Road, crossed the railway line and then crossed back again. By the time it reached Millstock it was back on the west side.

Post to the west Millstock
Post to the north Cane Hill
Post to the east Farthingdowns

Brighton Road
The Turnpike road from the junction of Woodfield Hill is on the line of an old cart track which curves eastwards as far as Hooley House to the south, but is straight northwards from here to Purley. The curve was corrected when the railway was built.
Coal dues obelisks south of Woodfield Hill and 150 yards north of the present boundary
Roadside Cafe Croydon, Merstham and Godstone Railway crossed on a bridge
Croydon, Merstham and Godstone Railway to the left of the road

Dutch Village
Built between the wars by a Dutch architect and modelled on a Dutch village


Sites on the Surrey, Banstead side of the boundary
Star Shaw

Woodplace Lane
A stretch of the lane as far as the turning into Netherlands are part of the Brighton turnpike road of 1840 which was changed following railway building.
Woodplace Farm – the farm fields in the ownership of the City Corporation following lobbying by local groups

Sources
Baylis's, Surrey Iron Railway
British History On line. Surrey
Coal Posts. Web site
Penguin. Surrey
Pevsner and Cherry. Surrey

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