Location Information

So where is Caterham and what is there?

Caterham is divided, by virtue of its geography, into Caterham on the Hill and Caterham Valley - the main town centre. The earlier settlement of Caterham-on-the-Hill developed in the High Street area, St Lawrence's Church probably dating from the 12th century.

Caterham is a town in the Tandridge District of Surrey, England. The town lies close to the A22, a few miles south of Croydon, in a valley cut into the dip slope of the North Downs. Caterham on the Hill is above the western side of the valley.  Caterham URC is one of the predominant buildings in the valley - the church with the clock.

The original settlement was on the ridge above the modern town and is now called Caterham on the Hill.  It now has a large residential community served by shops and services in the High Street and the Raglan Precinct. Two large establishments, St Lawrence's Hospital and Caterham Barracks, dominated the area until recently when both closed.

The former hospital site has been developed for housing and the Barracks was sold to Linden Homes by the Ministry of Defence in the late 1990s.  Part of the Barracks is a Conservation Area and the site is being developed as an 'urban village' to provide a mixture of uses including housing, employment and retail in both new and converted buildings.

Caterham Valley developed during the mid to late 19th century following the opening of the branch railway line from Purley in 1856. It became a popular residential area, with Harestone Valley being developed for large houses in a wooded setting, a character which is still maintained through specific planning policies.

The town centre has many shops and services including chain stores, individual and family run businesses. There are two food supermarkets and the Church Walk Shopping Precinct, which opened in 1990.

Caterham has a variety of sports facilities, including tennis and badminton at Queens Park Pavilion and the swimming pool, sports hall, gym and health & fitness studio at de Stafford Sports Centre. The de Stafford College of Arts & Technology is located in Burntwood Lane.

The North Downs Way, a popular National trail with walkers passes very close to the town.

It was also the town that Graham Nearn was a major Lotus 7 dealer during the 1960s.  In 1973 he purchased the rights from Colin Chapman to build the car and did so in Town End.  After some time and changes of ownership, Caterham Cars became involved in Formula One motor racing and 2012 sees their appearance on the grid after the lotus team was renamed.

Caterham also has Caterham School at the end of Harestone Valley Road.  Set up as a school for sons of Congregational Ministers in 1811, there has always been strong ties between the church and the school.

Opposite the Caterham Cars showroom is the East Surrey Museum.  The main subjects covered are geology, archeology, social history and natural history.  It is open Wednesdays, Thursday and Saturdays and admission is free (but donations are welcomed).

 

How to get here

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By Road from M25:

At Junction 6, take the A22 northbound for about a mile. At the traffic lights bear left at the signpost for Caterham on the B2030. In the town turn left at the main roundabout and then take first at the new mini-roundabout into Harestone Valley Road.  The church is directly ahead of you.  Access to the car park is up Harestone Hill (left hand side).  For Sat Navs, the postcode is CR3 6SX.

By Road from M23:

At Junction 8, take the M25 eastwards for about 3 miles then as from M25 junction 6.

 

By Rail:

Caterham Railway Station is a 3 minute walk away from the school.  As you leave the station, cross over the road and bear right and turn at Hamptons estate agents.  The church is 150 metres down Harestone Valley Road.  For latest train news, click here.

 

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