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Thornton Heath is a district of South London London, England, in the London Borough of Croydon. It is situated south-southeast of Charing Cross.

History

Thornton Heath is a district of South London London, England, in the London Borough of Croydon. It is situated south-southeast of Charing Cross.

Geography

The nearest places are Mitcham, Croydon, South Norwood, Norbury, Pollards Hill, Selhurst, Upper Norwood and Eastfields. Thornton Heath is a district of South London London, England, in the London Borough of Croydon. It is situated south-southeast of Charing Cross.

Transport

At Thornton Heath Pond is a London Buses garage. The nearest railway stations are Thornton Heath railway station, Norbury railway station, Norwood Junction railway station and Selhurst railway station. Croydon's Tram system is also just a short walk away, which links to places such as Wimbledon. Thornton Heath is a district of South London London, England, in the London Borough of Croydon. It is situated south-southeast of Charing Cross.

Culture and architecture

Architecturally, Thornton Heath is predominantly Victorian in both its residential and commercial sectors. There are a number of imposing, even grand, buildings surviving from this period.

Two examples are St Paul's Church and St Alban's Church. St Alban's is an Anglican church and is listed Grade II. Built in 1889, it was the first church designed by the late Victorian architect Sir Ninian Comper. It is situated on a busy junction (of Grange Road and the High Street), as can be seen in the photograph. It is described as being of a red-brick perpendicular style with stone dressing.

At the junction of the High Street and Parchmore Road, on a site previously called Walker's Green, stands the Clocktower, which was built in 1900, financed partly by public subscription.

However, one example that has not survived is the town's historic Victorian baths, which were replaced by a more modern sports and leisure centre in 2004. Thankfully of an architectural standard likely to be pleasing to most eyes, the new building now arguably constitutes a significant town-centre landmark. It cost £8 million to build, of which £2.8 million came from the British National_Lottery_(United_Kingdom)#Good_causesard ''Good Causes'' Fund through Sport England. The project was supervised by Croydon's Director of Environment, Culture and Public Protection, Steve Halsey. Huntley Cartwright (Royal_Institution_of_Chartered_Surveyors#Designations Quantity surveyor) provided a Quantity Surveying Service, and assisted the council in obtaining the Sport England Grant, as well as managing the Official Journal of the European Union process for selecting Tendering. In early Project appraisal, consideration was given to whether the existing centre should be refurbished or redeveloped. However, it became clear as work got under way that the old building would have to be demolished in its entirety. Thornton Heath is a district of South London London, England, in the London Borough of Croydon. It is situated south-southeast of Charing Cross.

Sport and Leisure

As described above under Architecture, Thornton Heath gained a new state-of-the-art leisure centre in May 2004. In the first month of opening, there were 5,200 admissions to swim and 9,500 walking tours of the centre, with around 700 people joining as members. The popularity was such that turnstiles had to be fitted to improve security. The official opening ceremony was attended by Iain Dowie (manager of Crystal Palace F.C.), and Crystal Palace players Andrew Johnson (English footballer), Danny Butterfield and Shaun Derry. The centre is owned by Croydon Council, but was originally run by Parkwood Leisure, although it is now run by Fusion Lifestyle in partnership with the Council.

Thornton Heath formerly had a Non-League football club, Croydon Athletic F.C., who played at the Keith Tuckey Stadium; but the club ceased to exist at the end of the 2010/11 season.

Thornton Heath is also the home of the 5th oldest rugby club in the world Streatham-Croydon (1871) Their recently renovated stadium is located in Frant Rd off Brigstock Rd. Thornton Heath is a district of South London London, England, in the London Borough of Croydon. It is situated south-southeast of Charing Cross.

References

Thornton Heath is a district of South London London, England, in the London Borough of Croydon. It is situated south-southeast of Charing Cross.

External links

*[http://www.flickr.com/groups/thornton-heath/pool/ Thornton Heath photos]
*[http://www.fusion-lifestyle.com/CentreDetails.asp?cat=272 Fusion Lifestyle's Thornton Heath Leisure Centre Page]



Category:Districts of Croydon
Category:Areas of London
Category:Post towns in the CR postcode area