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A guide to… Thornton Heath

15 December 2021 / Area Guides, Buying, Selling

There are plenty of things to do in Thornton Heath. As one of the most multi-cultural areas in Croydon it is a very vibrant town.

The high street offers a number of pubs, restaurants and local shops and with Croydon close by, you are never short of places to eat, drink and relax. Croydon also provides access to regular nightlife, entertainment and the Whitgift Shopping Centre offers a broader range of shopping choices. Another popular location among the local community of Thornton Heath is the Leisure Centre. It offers a great range of classes and facilities that make it a fun visit for all.

Founded in 2014, the Thornton Heath Community Action Team is a group of residents and business who aim to deliver area improving projects. They are working with the local community to make Thornton Heath an area that its residents can be proud of, and people want to be a part of.

Thornton Heath’s architecture is predominantly Victorian. Two prime examples of this are St Alban’s Anglican Church and St Paul’s Church. St Alban’s Church was built in 1889 and is now a Grade II listed building, it was the first church designed by late Victorian architect Sir Ninian Comper. Another interesting feature of Thornton Heath is the Clocktower. It is located on the junction of the high street and Parchmore Road and was financed partially by public funds in 1990.

State Primary and Junior Schools in Thornton Heath include David Livingstone Primary School, Gonville Primary School and Kensington Avenue Primary School.

State Secondary Schools in Thornton Heath include Bensham Manor Schools, Al-Khair School and Archbishop Tenison’s Church of England School.

Private Schools in Thornton Heath include BRIT School for Performing Arts and Technology.
There is a wide range of transport links in and around Thornton Heath.

Thornton Heath is home to a London Bus garage which provides many bus routes which operating in and around Croydon. This gives residents of Thornton Heath easy and frequent ways to access all that the borough of Croydon has to offer. Bus routes going through East Croydon also provide interchangeable links to the Tram Link service.

Those wishing to travel via train will appreciate the many accessible train stations from Thornton Heath. Nearby stations include Norwood Junction, Selhurst, Norbury and Thornton Heath and there are also easy links to Wimbledon. From Thornton Heath station it takes approximately 25 minutes to get a train to London Victoria and 35 minutes to reach London Bridge.

Travelling via road in Thornton Heath is also easy, the A23 Brighton Road and the A236 Croydon Road are both major roads from which you can travel across Croydon and beyond.

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