Place:Selsdon, Surrey, England

TypeArea, Suburb
Coordinates51.3453°N 0.0535°W
Located inSurrey, England     ( - 1965)
See alsoCroydon, Surrey, Englandancient parish in which Selsdon was located until 1883
Sanderstead, Surrey, Englandcivil parish in which it was situated 1883-1915
Coulsdon and Purley, Surrey, Englandurban district in which it was located 1915-1965
Croydon (London Borough), Greater London, EnglandLondon borough covering the area since 1965
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Selsdon is an area located since 1965 in the south of Greater London, England in the London Borough of Croydon. The suburb was developed during the inter-war period during the 1920s and 1930s, and is remarkable for its many Art Deco houses.

One side of the residential area of Selsdon is bordered by Selsdon Wood, and the whole area used to be part of Selsdon Park Estate, once well known as hunting and shooting grounds in the area. In the early 1920s the estate was broken up and divided into smallholdings.

Selsdon was originally an exclave of the ancient parish of Croydon which was dropped from Croydon's administration when the latter became a municipal borough in 1883. Geographically it was enclosed by Sanderstead parish which was absorbed into Coulsdon and Purley Urban District from 1915 until 1965 when the area became part of the London Borough of Croydon. (Details from various sources with A Vision of Britain through Time.)

Greater London Research Tips

  • See under "London" and also under "Middlesex", "Surrey" and "Kent" for key information about Greater London's jurisdictions and records, plus links to indexes, reference aids and Family History Library holdings.
  • The London Metropolitan Archives (40 Northampton Road, Clerkenwell, London EC1R 0HB) holds records relating to the whole of Greater London. Ancestry (subscription necessary) has produced transcriptions and provides images of lists of baptisms, marriages, and burials in churches across Greater London. These lists start in 1813 and stretch into the 20th century.
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  • The London Encyclopaedia by Ben Weinreb and Christopher Hibbert. An e-book available online through Google, originally published by Pan Macmillan. There is a search box in the left-hand pane.
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  • Registration Districts in London, Registration Districts in Middlesex, Registration Districts in Surrey, Registration Districts in Kent, are lists of the registration districts used for civil registration (births, marriages and deaths, as well as the censuses). There are linked supporting lists of the parishes which made up each registration district, the dates of formation and abolition of the districts, the General Register Office numbers, and the local archive-holding place. This work has been carried out by Brett Langston under the agency of GENUKI (Genealogy United Kingdom and Ireland) and UKBMD - Births, Marriages, Deaths & Censuses on the Internet.
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