Local History
Tuesday July 07, 2020
  • Site last updated at 11:44pm on Saturday 27th June 2020.

This article lists some of the streets in our area, together with a few notes on the origin of the names.  The most common name source is a descriptive physical feature which was in evidence at the time the came came into being, or in memory of one that formerly existed.  Other sources are names of prominent people (especially landowners), fields, former estate or house names and contemporary events. 

Bencombe Road  
Brighton Road The road to Brighton
Burcott Road  
Hartley Down A road cut by Thomas Byron III in 1853, originally called "Byron New Road", then "Coulsdon Lane"
Hartley Farm Estate   The site of the new Hartley Farm, built c.1850
Hartley Hill  
Hartley Old Road The road to the original Hartley Farm, which was on the site of Coulsdon Court; blocked off by Thomas Byron c.1870
Hartley Way  
Haydn Avenue Build by Mr Betts (who gave us Betts Mead) and named after his eldest son.
Higher Drive Formerly called Foxley Road
Lodge Hill Once "Tennis Road"
Old Lodge Lane Old Lodge Farm stood on the site of the current Reedham Park tennis club.


Source: Selected content from this article was reproduced from "Village Histories 1. Purley", with the kind permission of 

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