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Coulsdon is a town mainly within the London Borough of Croydon, approximately 13 miles from Charing Cross.

The location forms part of the North Downs. The hills contain chalk and flint. Several dry valleys with natural underground drainage merge and connect to the headwaters of the River Wandle, here named the ’River Bourne’. Although the Bourne river floods periodically, the soil is generally dry and is the watershed which has constituted a natural route way across the Downs for early populations. Fossil records exist from the Pleistocene period (4 million years ago)

There is evidence of human occupation from the Neolithic period, Iron Age, Anglo-Saxon, Bronze Age, Roman and Medieval. It appears as Colesdone in the Domesday Book.

Most housing in Smitham (Bottom/Valley) and the clustered settlement of Old Coulsdon, as well as the narrower valley between them, was built in the 80 years from 1890 to 1970. The area developed mixed suburban and in its centre urban housing.

Old Coulsdon occupies the south-east of the district. Scattered, rather than clustered are six listed buildings, for their national heritage and architectural value, at Grade II. It is the southernmost settlement in all of Greater London.

At the heart of the geographical feature Smitham Bottom (where three dry valleys merge into one) is the central part of the district. Most commerce and industry is here, set beside the Brighton Road, which is since 2006 a town centre arc of the A23 road and on Chipstead Valley Road which terminates half way along the arc, leading directly to Woodmansterne.

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The 1860 mapping is bounded by Brent Cross (NW), Stratford (NE), Greenwich (SE) and Hammermith (SW).
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Alexander Road, CR5 · Appledown Rise, CR5 · Barrie Close, CR5 · Barrington Road, CR5 · Bourke Hill, CR5 · Bouverie Road, CR5 · Bramley Avenue, CR5 · Bridge Way, CR5 · Brighton Road, CR5 · Brigstock Road, CR5 · Broad Walk, CR5 · Castle Road, CR5 · Chinthurst Mews, CR5 · Chipstead Close, CR5 · Chipstead Valley Road, CR5 · Chipstead Valley Road, SM7 · Church Lane Avenue, CR5 · Church Lane Drive, CR5 · Church Lane, CR5 · Cleave Prior, CR5 · Clover Hill, CR5 · Coniston Road, CR5 · Coulsdon Lane, CR5 · Court Hill, CR5 · Croydon Footpath 744, CR5 · Dean Lane, CR3 · Dean Lane, CR5 · Dean Lane, RH1 · Dene Close, CR5 · Doghurst Lane, CR5 · Edward Road, CR5 · Elmore Road, CR5 · Fair Lane, CR5 · Fair Lane, RH2 · Farm Close, CR5 · Farthing Way, CR5 · Forge Bridge Lane, CR5 · Fourth Drive, CR5 · Gidd Hill, CR5 · Glebe Road, RH1 · Hazel Way, CR5 · Hazelwood Lane, CR5 · High Oaks, CR5 · High Road, CR5 · Highwold, CR5 · Hilltop Lane, RH1 · Hogscross Lane, CR5 · Hogscross Lane, RH1 · Holly Lane, CR5 · Hollymead Road, CR5 · Hollymeoak Road, CR5 · How Lane, CR5 · Howard Road, CR5 · Julien Road, CR5 · Lackford Road, CR5 · Lavender Close, CR5 · Lion Green Road, CR5 · Lissoms Road, CR5 · London Orbital Motorway, RH1 · Lower Park Road, CR5 · Lyndhurst Road, CR5 · Malcolm Road, CR5 · Maple Way, CR5 · Markedge Lane, CR5 · Melrose Road, CR5 · Middlefield Close, CR5 · Monkswell Lane, CR5 · Netherne Drive, CR5 · Netherne Drive, RH1 · Netherne Lane, RH1 · Nutfield Road, CR5 · Old Oak Avenue, CR5 · Outwood Lane, CR5 · Outwood Lane, SM7 · Park Road, CR5 · Park Road, KT20 · Parkside Gardens, CR5 · Petworth Close, CR5 · Pigeonhouse Lane, CR5 · Pilgrim’s Lane, RH1 · Portnalls Close, CR5 · Portnalls Rise, CR5 · Portnalls Road, CR5 · Rectory Road, CR5 · Reid Close, CR5 · Rickman Hill Road, CR5 · Rickman Hill, CR5 · Ridgemont Avenue, CR5 · Ruxton Close, CR5 · Sandown Road, CR5 · Sherwood Road, CR5 · South Drive, CR5 · Southerns Lane, CR5 · Southwood Avenue, CR5 · Springbottom Lane, CR3 · Springbottom Lane, RH1 · St. Margaret’s Road, CR5 · Stagbury Avenue, CR5 · Star Lane, CR5 · Starrock Lane, CR5 · Starrock Road, CR5 · Station Approach, CR5 · The Avenue, CR5 · The Cinder Track, CR5 · The Grove, CR5 · The Pines, CR5 · Unfinished M23 Junction 7 Northbound, RH1 · Unfinished M23 Junction 7 Southbound, RH1 · Victoria Road, CR5 · Vincent Road, CR5 · Vincents Close, CR5 · Walpole Avenue, CR5 · Warwick Wold Road, RH1 · Watermead, CR5 · Westleigh Avenue, CR5 · White Hill Lane, CR3 · White Hill Lane, RH1 · Winifred Road, CR5 · Woodfield Close, CR5 · Woodfield Hill, CR5 · Woodlands Grove, CR5 · Woodman Road, CR5 · Woodmansterne Road, CR5 · Woodstock Road, CR5 · Yew Tree Close, CR5 ·

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