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Coombe Wood, Croydon

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Coombe Wood is a small woodland and garden area in the old village of Coombe, Upper Shirley, in the London Borough of Croydon near the junction of Coombe Lane and Conduit Lane. The Coombe Wood Gardens are divided into a series of rooms which together give an all year round display of shrubs and plants set against a backdrop of mature woodland.HistoryThe area had been open over four hundred years ago when it was part of an estate with a large common field known as Coombe Field which stretched from Coombe Road to Park Hill.The common became the property of James Bourdieu Senior in 1801, at the time of the Enclosures of Common Land Act. Mr Bourdieu had already purchased The Coombe Estate, including Coombe Lodge, House and Farm which altogether amassed some 251 acres. Coombe Wood supplied water to the Coombe estate, via three conduits which ran along the adjacent lane hence the name 'Conduit Lane'.In 1898, Arthur Lloyd, brother of Frank Lloyd built Coombe Wood House.The estate of Coombe Wood House was later purchased for £14,000, with Coombe Wood, by Croydon Council, from Mr. W Cash, for the use of the public of Croydon. The house was used as a convalescent and children's home. The 14 acres of parkland were opened to the public in 1948. There is a café in the old stable block.AccessIt is served by Tramlink stops at Coombe Lane and Lloyd Park. The Vanguard Way (long distance footpath) also passes by the woods and garden.Note: There are many other Coombe Woods all over the United Kingdom (including Benfleet, Essex). A visit to Coombe Wood represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Croydon trip itinerary planning tool to plot your vacation.
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  • The gardens were delightful and tended well by the gardeners. Beautiful flowers and magnificent trees which are well worth a visit. Unfortunately, my husband said the mens' toilets were disgusting...  more »
  • This is a lovely place. Seriously, if you are close by or an ok drive away you don't need Kew Gardens. It's such a relaxing and beautiful small garden and woods. Worth an afternoon out with the...  more »
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