SE19 (Croydon) area guide
SE19 includes the areas of Upper Norwood, Norwood New Town and Crystal Palace, and the postcode district is centred around Church Road. The most northerly point of the postcode meets the train tracks that run parallel to High Level Drive and Crystal Palace Park Road. The eastern boundary cuts across Crystal Palace Park and then follows the train tracks parallel to Maberley Road and South Norwood Lake. The southern boundary is not clearly defined, but roughly cuts across South Norwood Hill follow Waddington Way, Virginia Road and Biggin Way. It then follows Cheviot Road and Gipsy Road back up the western boundary, in a northerly direction.
The SE19 postcode district lies within or includes part of the following towns, counties, localities, electoral wards and stations: Bromley, College, Croydon, Crystal Palace, Crystal Palace Station, Gipsy Hill, Gipsy Hill Station, Knight’s Hill, Lambeth, London, Norbury, South Norwood, Southwark, Thornton Heath, Upper Norwood.
Upper Norwood is the area situated around Belulah Hill, which is one of the highest points in the London area. It was also once occupied by the Great North Wood and it is likely that it is from these two geographical points that Upper Norwood (or Upper Northwood as it may have originally been known) takes its name.
The area was a popular escape for Londoners who wished to visit the countryside, until the 19th century, when the area began to develop residentially. During this time, the larger upper class properties were built at the top of the hill, while the smaller homes were located further down.
The area around Upper Norwood and Crystal Palace has a number of particularly substantial Victorian properties, which reach high asking prices. Examples include Belvedere Road and Cintra Park. Hitherwood Drive also has detached homes, with asking prices of around £750,000.
For those with slightly less extravagant budgets, there are a variety of homes suitable as family accommodation, valued at around £500,000. Whiteley Road has attractive four bedroom period terraced homes, whilst Eversley Road and Hermitage Road have semi-detached and detached homes in the same price range.
For those looking for their first buy, Beulah Hill has some studio and one bedroom flats in a purpose built block, available for under £150,000. For under £175,000, it may be possible to secure a one bedroom conversion flat on a street such as Queen Mary Road. Those opting for space over aesthetics could be interested in the two bedroom flats within a purpose built block on Hermitage Road or Central Hill. A two bedroom period conversion in the area, on a street such as Rockmount Road is likely to demand around £230,000, whilst for an extra £15,000, it would be possible to secure a three bed terrace on The Lawns.
Upper Norwood’s location within greater London is unique from that of any other. It sits atop a London clay ridge known as Beulah Hill. Its situation on Beulah Hill provides wonderful panoramic views northward to central London and southward to central Croydon and the North Downs. However, the hill has prevented rail lines from being built there. Crystal Palace railway station is located on the bottom of Beulah Hill and thus is quite a walk from the houses that benefit from the fantastic views. The bus service in the area is said to make up for its lack of rail amenities. Bus networks run throughout Upper Norwood shuttling its inhabitants to the nearby train stations.
Upper Norwood Recreational Ground and Crystal Palace Park are wonderful places to run around and play sports. Upper Norwood Recreational Ground’s 19 acres of land make it big enough for just about whatever you might want to do.
There are quite a few pubs and bars in the area. The Black Sheep Bar is one; it is located on Westow Hill. Another, The White Hart is also a popular venue.