Inside Purley

Purley is an affluent area of Surrey with fantastic commuter links to the city and the M25. It was first named ‘Pirlee’ in 1200, meaning that the area was originally a pear tree wood or clearing.

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Popular with families, this leafy suburb is home to the infamous Webb Estate, with a host of celebrities, politicians and sports personalities. With new housing projects currently underway at the top of Pampisford Road, the Purley Cross, Woodcote Valley Road and Foxley Lane, there will soon be an abundance of new homes for buyers and renters to choose from.

For the health conscious in Purley, the exclusive David Lloyd gym offers the chance to get fit, alongside a plethora of other smaller gyms on the Brighton Road, so you can keep your energy levels up. Fancy seeing a show? Whether you prefer comedy, a music concert or a play, the newly re-opened Fairfield Halls is home to one of the world’s best orchestral venues. Purley Way is also home to Kidspace, Oxygen Trampoline Park, Vue Cinemas, Flip-Out and bowling so you can wile away the colder, rainy days. Purley was originally created to be a garden suburb, and there are plenty of open spaces and recreational areas to enjoy. Purley Sports Club and the Woodcote, Purley Downs and Chipstead golf clubs are also a stone’s throw away.

With many families moving to Purley for its larger houses and gardens to accommodate growing families, schools play an important factor in separating Purley from other suburban areas. As well as exceptional, top-rated private schools such as Whitgift, Cumnor House, Old Palace and Croydon High School, there is a high concentration of local grammar schools such as Wallington Girls, Wallington Boys and Wilson’s. The state sector also boasts many good or outstanding schools such as Harris Kenley, Woodcote and Riddlesdown.

Purley Cross is dominated by a large Tesco Extra but there are many other places to shop and eat, including the popular Boxpark, which offers a range of dining options.

Did you know….?

  • The area by Pampisford Road and Russell Hill was an ancient Anglo-Saxon burial site, where many skeletons have been uncovered.
  • The TV show ‘Terry and June’ was set in Purley.
  • Promenade de Verdun is lined with soil from Armentieres, in honour of those that had fallen in France.
  • Flying from Croydon Airport on the Purley Way was considered to be the height of luxury during the early 20th century, attracting celebrities from around the world who travelled to France from the world’s first international airport.
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