Whytecliffe Road is located in Purley, an attractive and prosperous district in South Croydon, London. The area is popular with urban professionals and young families, drawn by the combination of local attractions and amenities – plus excellent transport links to the business and cultural centres of the city.
Ideally situated and well connected Sheltered by the North Downs hills, Purley is 12 miles south of central London, in the Borough of Croydon. Purley is on the A22 road direct to central London, with fast routes to the M25 London orbital motorway, and onward to the south coast.
A 5-minute walk along Whytecliffe Road is the town centre and Purley Station, with frequent trains to central London – just 25 minutes to London Bridge or Victoria stations. The area is also well connected for bus, rail and cycle transport, and for London’s international airports.
The village of Purley started as a medieval farming settlement on land owned for generations by the de Purley family. In the early 1800s, it became a stop on one of the world’s earliest iron railways – with goods wagons pulled by horses, as steam engines were yet to be developed.
In 1881, an innovative property developer named William Webb bought 260 acres of farmland around the original Purley village. His vision was to grow a new residential community close to London where beautiful gardens would be a central focus. His ‘garden suburb’ at Purley grew over the following decades – and Webb’s pioneering idea was copied in many locations across England.
The fast transport links into London have today made Purley a popular residential area for city workers. Its unique combination of city and country living has attracted many wealthy residents, with Purley ranking as one of England’s most affluent suburbs. While today it has merged into Greater London, Purley retains the best of its garden suburb origins – with its traditional High Street, modern shops, lively restaurants, excellent schools, amenities and green spaces.