Open House Festival

Purley Way to Wandle Park


Purley War Memorial Hospital, 856 Brighton Road, Purley, Croydon

This tour will give an insight into the many different eras and building styles represented on one of Croydon's busiest streets- from Victorian industry, the World Wars, Brutalism and even a ghost swimming pool.

Getting there


East Croydon, Purley, Purley Oaks, Waddon, West Croydon


405, 412, 455

Additional travel info

Wandle Park/Reeves Corner/Church Street tram stations close to tour finish point



Accessibility notes

This walk will cross some busy roads. Comfortable shoes and clothing for changing weather are advised



Discover differing architectural styles and buildings that have witnessed key historical moments, including Purley War Memorial Hospital (1909),
Croydon's Victorian industrial past and view of the old power station chimney (1896- now Ikea car park), the interwar years of entertainment and leisure, passing the old Lido and airport terminal building (1928), the legacy of urban town planning and the construction of the Croydon Flyover (1969) as part of the "cities of tomorrow".


Passing the green spaces of Purley Way playing fields, Waddon Ponds and finishing in the transformed Wandle Park

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