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A privately developed housing estate situated on the eastern edge of Selsdon, and sometimes considered to be part of Addington. Forestdale is separated from New Addington by Addington Court golf course, which was the first privately run golf course to be opened to the general public when it was established in 1932. The flats and houses of Forestdale were mostly built in the late 1960s, on former farmland. Wates added a development in the mid 1970s that won an industry award for the solar heating system installed in three of the houses. Since the opening of Croydon Tramlink in 2000, a ‘gradient of desirability’ has arisen, with property values showing a relationship with their proximity to tram stops, primarily the one at Gravel Hill. On Pixton Way, the Forestdale Forum hosts the meetings of several local clubs and societies. Croydon council became a joint trustee of the forum in 2004, in a bid to prevent the forfeiture of its lease. The Forestdale Centre is a shopping precinct located near the junction of Featherbed Lane and Selsdon Park Road. In addition to the Forestdale Arms pub, the centre is graced by McDermott’s, which in 2005 was voted the best fish and chip shop in London and south-east England in a competition run by the Sea Fish Industry Authority.

Forestdale sign
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Pioneeering solar heating panels still in place on a 30-year-old house in Forestdale

Postcode area: Croydon, CR0
Further reading: John S Wagstaff, From ‘Hungry Bottom’ to Forestdale … A chronicle of changing Croydon through the twentieth century, [Review of ‘A century of Croydon …’ by John B. Gent] Beckenham Historian, 344, 2001

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