Purley ~ Surrey Life towns and villages
One of our area's most exclusive addresses, the Webb Estate, is found in Purley. The town is perhaps best known, however, for the megastores that fill Purley Way
Originally published in Surrey Life towns & villages August 2012
One of our area’s most exclusive addresses, the Webb Estate, is found in Purley. The town is perhaps best known, however, for the megastores that fill Purley Way
Did you know?
The Purley way…Over 120 years ago, Purley estate agent William Webb purchased 260 acres of suburban land and transformed it into his utopian vision of a ‘garden village’ for the first generation of wealthy London commuters. This project became the Webb Estate.
What’s the rush?The Purley Way is one of the best-known (and at times dreaded) roads around. Originally designed as a bypass for Croydon, it went down in history as being the first road in the UK to be lit with sodium lights. The giant Swedish furniture store IKEA is hard to miss, too, dominated by two huge landmark towers. Just try to avoid their shopping induced rush hours!
The full monty...Sketches in Monty Python such as Nudge, nudge, wink, wink, say no more! and Kilimanjaro Expedition made Purley famous.
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The Beast…Burgers at Blacks claim Europe’s biggest burger challenge, comprising almost 7Ib of prime beef encased in a 6Ib bap, with nine slices of mature cheddar and nine rashers of bacon. All for free if you eat the lot – on your own!
While you’re there...
Visit......the nearby Kenley Airfield, which was an important base in World War Two and has been identified by English Heritage as “the most complete fighter airfield associated with the Battle of Britain to have survived”.
Eat at...Purley’s excellent Buenos Aires Steakhouse (0208 660 5200) at Tudor Court was the first of a small chain.
Drink at...The Jolly Farmers is a pleasant, old style English pub (0208 660 2076).
Stay at...Hallmark Hotel Croydon (0208 680 1999) on Purley Way, which is set on another old airport (formerly the Aerodrome Hotel)
Famous neighbours?Status Quo rocker Francis Rossi lives on the aforementioned estate.
Getting there...Found just off the A23 (the Purley Way) and with great train links.