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There are two theories concerning the Elmers End name. The most plausible explanation is that a number of Elmerus were executed here. Elmerus is the Anglo Saxon word for criminal. The other theory is about a famous outlaw. Legend has it that highwayman Elmer met his end here when he was hanged at the crosswords. This BR3 area features a large green space centered on a roundabout. The remains of the old sewage works can be found near the Elmers End railway station. The industrial site is still there. Supposedly, the place is contaminated with heavy metals so it is unsafe for housing development.
Southwood Norwood Country Park is a large green area opened in 1989. The land where the Park now stands had multiple uses including sewage farm, highway, and refuse dump. The Park is part of the old oak woodland that was known as the Great North Wood. The historic border between Kent and Surrey was within the park. The home ground of the Croydon Football Club, Croydon Sports Arena, is in the park. This Elmers End park features a duck pond, playground, and visitor center. An 18th-century map mentions a double-sided mote called La Motes. Another document speaks about a 13th-century house within the grounds of the park. Southwood Norwood Country Park is a local nature reserve. It is home to more than 100 species of birds. The Emperor Dragonfly which is the largest dragonfly in the UK has been sighted here during the summer.
Elmers End railway station serves this South East London area. It opened in 1864 and it was rebuilt in 1882. Elmers End Cemetery has several notable burials such as famous cricketer W. G. Grace, businessman Thomas Crapper, Victoria Cross recipient George Evans, the last survivor of the Battle of Rorke’s Drift Frank Bourne, inventor William Stanley, and Polish general Jerzy Wołkowicki.