Coulsdon

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Coulsdon
OS Grid Reference:Template:Gbmappingsmall
Administration
Borough:Croydon and part in Sutton
County:Greater London
Region:Greater London
Nation:England
Other
Ceremonial County:Greater London
Traditional County:Surrey
Post Office and Telephone
Post town:COULSDON
Postcode:CR5
Dialling Codes:020 & 01737

Template:GBdot-gr Coulsdon is a place in the London Borough of Croydon on the Brighton Road (A23). Whilst the received pronunciation is "Cools-don" (IPA many locals pronounce it "Coals-den" .

Part of Coulsdon is the estate marked on maps as Template:Mmuknr map but always referred to locally as The Mount after its central road. Administratively The Mount is part of the London Borough of Sutton but to reach the rest of Sutton from The Mount by road one must leave the borough.

Unlike Purley, Coulsdon has managed to retain a good mix of traditional high street shops. It also has a large number of restaurants for its size.

As at early 2005 there is a large empty space in the middle of Coulsdon following the demolition of the Red Lion public house. The Coulsdon Relief Road currently under construction will divert the large volume of through traffic. The redevelopment of the Red Lion site and the completion of the road (by 2006) are likely to transform the centre of Coulsdon.

Inconspicuous in the middle of Coulsdon is the head office of the world-famous Jane's Information Group. Places of worship in Coulsdon include a Coptic Orthodox Church and a Messianic Synagogue.

Around Coulsdon are attractive and important open spaces, largely chalk downland, the beginning of the North Downs. Farthing Downs and Happy Valley are managed by the Corporation of London and are popular with walkers. The London LOOP path around London passes through on the route between Hamsey Green and Banstead. The Coulsdon section was the first of the 24 to be opened.

Nearest places

Nearby stations

The railway stations in the Coulsdon area are:

There was previously a station at Coulsdon North, adjacent to Smitham station.

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