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There is no known historic meaning behind the name of Forestdale. It seems to derive from forest, however, there is no important forest or any part of an ancient woodland here. It’s most likely that the housing developers came up with an appealing name for the new estate. Most of the homes in this CR0 area were built between the late 1960s and the mid-1970s on the ground that used to contain small farms. Forestdale is famous for its cul-de-sacs (dead ends). They run off four main streets and are subdivided into distinct neighbourhoods where all the houses are of the same style.
Waters Group developed much of the housing here. Three of the buildings used an innovative solar heating system. This system won an industry award in 1972. Forestdale has many green spaces. It also has a nature reserve that provides residents with a great place for relaxing walks. Addington Golf Club separates this South West London area from the nearby New Addington. The golf club opened in 1932 and it was the first private golf field for public use. There is no railway station in Forestdale. Residents use the Fieldway and Gravel Hill tram stations. Bus routes 353 and 433 serve this area.
The Croydon Tramlink was established in 2000. The area then became a desirable place to live, especially the houses in the proximity of the Gravel Hill station. The market value of these properties increased. Forestdale Forum is a community hall. It serves as a place of meeting for local clubs. It is also available for private events. Forestdale Arms is the local pub. The Croydon council did not approve the project to demolish the pub and replace it with a restaurant featuring a drive-through. The shopping center in this area is located at the intersection of Featherbed Lane and Selsdon Park Road.