Selsdon is a residential suburban area of South London, which is administered by London Borough of Croydon. Selsdon is surrounded by extensive woodland and grassland areas, historically known as great hunting grounds, which were known as Selsdon Park Estate in the past. Since the war times, the estate was divided into private smallholdings. After the times of fast-expanding within the residential area, a committee was formed to secure natural woodland area which is over 200 acres of land; woodlands currently turned into natural forest and bird sanctuary.
Selsdon Park Hotel currently known as De Vere Selsdon Estate is an Art Deco house, turned into a hotel back in 1927. Owner purchased the existing building for £13 000 and since then estate was refurbished numerous times with even additional wings being built. Hotel is an essential location in the history of United Kingdom, as Conservative Shadow Cabinet held the party meeting for impending the General Election. Labour Party leader created the phrase Selsdon Man. It describes the free market approach, which was agreed between parties. The Principal Hotel Company currently owns a hotel and surrounding grounds including the golf club.
High Street – The main street Addington Road has changed other the years, the street is currently famous for local shopping, takeaways, restaurants, banks and hair salons. There are a few charity shops to entertain bargain hunters, few pubs to meet local alcohol and social life needs. Large Sainsbury’s supermarket is built above the Community Centre and Library. Famous Selsdon Clock was installed on the former public lavatory place on Selsdon Triangle in front of main entrance to Sainsbury’s.
John Ruskin College is historically known as John Ruskin Boy’s Central School, which opened in the 1920s. Currently, it is a Sixth Form College teaching a variety of skills from Business Services to Technologies, Healthcare and Sports. College is accessible by local buses and trams from Croydon, newly refurbished facilities include the gym, art studio, library, sports hall and many other rooms to meet the educational needs. Well managed landscaped areas and lawns surround buildings. John Ruskin is an essential place for future generations of hard working and educated people.