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Purley, Surrey

Historical Description

Purley, an ecclesiastical parish in Surrey, with a station on the L.B. & S.C.R., 13 miles from London and 2 from Croydon. It has a post, money order, and telegraph office. The parish was formed in 1881 out of the civil parishes of Coulsdon, Beddington, and Sanderstead. Population, 1279. The Warehousemen, Clerks, and Drapers' Schools, situated in this parish, form a splendid pile of buildings in Early Gothic style, and stand in some fine grounds planted with shrubs. Christ Church is a building of Kentish rag in the Decorated style. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Rochester; gross value, £300 with residence. There are several handsome residences in the neighbourhood. Purley was made famous by Home Tooke, who wrote his celebrated " Diversions of Purley" when residing at an old house in the neighbourhood.

Transcribed from The Comprehensive Gazetteer of England & Wales, 1894-5

Church Records, in association with Surrey History Centre, have images of the Parish Registers for Surrey online.

Land and Property

The Return of Owners of Land in 1873 for Surrey is available to browse.


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Newspapers and Periodicals

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Visitations Heraldic

The Visitation of Surrey, 1662-1668 is available on the Heraldry page.

CountyGreater London
Postal districtCR8