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Selsdon is located in Greater London
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51°20′43″N 0°03′13″W / 51.3453°N 0.0535°W / 51.3453; -0.0535

Selsdon is an area in South-East London, England, located in the London Borough of Croydon and the historic county of Surrey. It is located south of Coombe and Addiscombe, west of Forestdale, north of Hamsey Green and Farleigh, and east of Sanderstead.


Section of the Art Deco houses in Selsdon
One of several areas of art deco houses in Selsdon Road

One side of the residential area of Selsdon is bordered by Selsdon Wood, and the whole area used to be part of Selsdon Park Estate, once well known as hunting and shooting grounds in the area. In the early 1920s the estate was broken up and divided into smallholdings.

After concerns were raised about the rapid development of the village a committee was formed to ensure that an area of 200 acres (0.81 km2) would be set aside and saved for a nature reserve and bird sanctuary which was opened to the public in 1936 and given to the National Trust after Coulsdon and Purley Urban District Council and the Corporation of Croydon agreed to manage it jointly. Selsdon Wood now consists of five large meadows surrounded by extensive woodland and ancient hedges and it still retains the character of a historical woodland. In the second meadow of the Selsdon Wood area there is a bomb crater, and another in Selsdon recreation ground just inside the woods which are closed off. Much wildlife may be found in the wooded areas of Selsdon such as deer, and more recently parakeets.

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In the 2011 census, Selsdon and Ballards was White or White British (80.1%), Asian or Asian British (10.4%), Black or Black British (5.2%), Mixed/multiple ethnic groups (2.6%), and Other ethnic group (1%). The largest single ethnicity is White British (75.1%).


Rail and Tram

Selsdon was formerly served by Selsdon railway station although the station was actually located 2 miles from the town centre and was closed in 1983.

The closest National Rail station to Selsdon today is Sanderstead which is approximately 2 miles from Selsdon. London Tram stops at Gravel Hill and Coombe Lane are located 1.5 and 2 miles from the town centre respectively.


Selsdon is served by London Buses routes 64, 359, 412 and 433 which provide connections to Croydon Town Centre, New Addington, Purley and Thornton Heath.

It is also served by Southdown PSV routes 357 and 409 which provide connections to Caterham, Redhill and East Grinstead.

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