The “Thatch Cottage” is believed to have been built around 1720 as one of two “Lodges” at the entrances to Spring Park House and Farm. The earliest record of 1763 notes Jeremiah Soloman as the tenant and from 1812 – 1820 it was occupied by Colonel John Moberly of Shirley House to kennel the Surrey foxhounds. In 1837 John Temple Leader is shown as the owner with Hewitt Davis as the tenant farmer. In 1920 a sale catalogue described the Cottage as “An attractive thatched cottage, garden and allotments. Area about one acre.”
Extensions & Refreshments
From 1921 the premises were occupied by Hilda and William Brown and a single storey extension to the south of the building was added in 1936 where we understand tea, coffee and sandwiches were sold. The property was again sold in 1968 and part of the land sold off for the construction of four houses.
Fire of 1969 & Johnson's
A serious fire gutted the Cottage which was subsequently restored, re-thatched and opened as the estate office of RW Johnson & Company on the 3rd September 1969
The Allen Heritage Years
In July 2002 Allen Heritage Ltd took possession of the building and ran their estate agency business from here until relocating to 151 Wickham Road, directly opposite, in October 2014
Planning & Consultation
During the last 5 years Allen Heritage have been working in conjunction with Croydon Councils to agree the restoration project that will respect and enhance both its character, charm and of course heritage.
The Future of the Thatch Cottage
Soon the property will be back to its former glory as a quaint and unique residential home as it previously did for almost 250 years! However, this time with the efficiencies and modern functionality of a contemporary home fit for an even longer future as a beautiful home and one of Shirley’s true landmark buildings!
The property is on the left hand side of Wickham Road, on the corner of West Way Gardens. This location is convenient for a wealth of amenities including bus routes to Bromley, West Wickham and Croydon town centres as well as East Croydon mainline railway station which provides fast services to London Bridge and Victoria. Local shops, restaurants, cafes and schools are also within easy reach. For full directions please contact Allen Heritage Estate Agents in Shirley.
Under the Estate Agents Act 1979 we declare that an owner of this property also has a financial interest in Allen Heritage Ltd.