Woodside Green

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Woodside Green
Joiners Arms, Woodside, SE25 (5717641899).jpg
The Joiners Arms, on Woodside Green
Type Public park
Location Woodside
Operated by London Borough of Croydon
Status Open all year
Public transit access Woodside tram stop

Woodside Green is an area and street located in Woodside, London, centred on a village green.[1] The station is located near to Woodside tram stop in the London Borough of Croydon. The green is over 4.75 acres (1.92 ha).[2]


An indenture of 1662 shows "land lying up on a green called Woodside Green". The Croydon Inclosure Map of 1800 shows an area "Woodside Green".[3]

In 1871, the Ecclesiastical Commissioners granted 'copyhold' to the Croydon Local Board of Health upon condition that it should be appropriated by the Board:

"to be forever kept as an open space and used as, and for, a place of recreation for the use of inhabitants of the parish of Croydon and of the neighbourhood and for no other purpose".[4]

Four months later, the Commissioners, passed the freehold of the land to the board "freed from all incidents whatsoever of copyhold or customary tenure to be held and used for the purpose of public walks, recreation or pleasure grounds only". The area has been used by the Local Board of Health and its successors ever since.[4]

In 1888, the Borough of Croydon acquired the neighbouring Poplar Farm and subsequently, part of the farm was included in the grounds of the green.

The green features mature plane trees with benches beneath them. Beside the roadway which bisects the green is a stone horse- and cattle-trough. Although no longer used in respect of livestock, it is still a feature of the green.[3]

A 1905 postcard of Woodside Green shows The Joiners Arms (Nalder & Collyer), Woodside News Agency, E Jupp Family Baker, and The Bee Hive Overton Brewery.

See also


  1. ^ Ordnance Survey: Landranger map sheet 176 West London (Rickmansworth & Staines) (Map). Ordnance Survey. 2012. ISBN 9780319232118.
  2. ^ "Woodside Green: Park". Retrieved 24 March 2016.
  3. ^ a b Winterman, M.A. (1988). Croydon's Parks: An illustrated history. London Borough of Croydon, Parks and Recreation Department. pp. 116–117. ISBN 0951348108.
  4. ^ a b "Woodside Green: History" (PDF). Retrieved 24 March 2016.

External links

  • Woodside Green at London Borough of Croydon website

Coordinates: 51°23′19″N 0°04′06″W / 51.3885°N 0.0682°W / 51.3885; -0.0682

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