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Coal and Wine Tax posts - Coulsdon

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033174 033175 n166_051xt Post 166,  TQ 304 568
Ditches Lane, Coulsdon
near Devilsden Wood
This post is a bit accident prone.


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Missing Posts!
TQ 318 563
TQ 318 565
TQ 320 566
One post just off the end of The Grove, Coulsdon Common and two posts in The Grove.
Marked M1 on the map.
Click on the map for a larger version.
Note The Fox and the Tally Ho pubs; both still there.
On the larger version, near bottom right note the intriguing Money Pit still remembered in the name of Money Road.

035111 035110 035109 Post 167,  TQ 322 568
Coulsdon Road, Coulsdon Common opposite The Grove.
On the present boundary between Croydon and Tandridge

035207 035208 036203 Post 168, TQ 325 570
Coulsdon / Caterham, on SW side of road 90 yards NW of the junction of Ninehams Road and Milton Road.  (Carefully worded -see below.)
On the present boundary between Croydon and Tandridge.  (Note the join in the road surface between the two authorities.)
The 4 of 24 and the C of CAP are both completely flat.
Also the 2 of CAP 42 is so flat that it has been painted wrongly.
036204 All the old lists seen describe the house nearest to this post as 22 Stites Hill Road and all road maps seen show Stites Hill Road extending to the Junction with Milton Road.  However the Postcode directory is perfectly clear that the six houses along this 90 yard stretch of road are 112 to 122, Ninehams Road, CATERHAM, CR3 5LJ
Neither of the local authorities has erected road name signs to indicate that maps are wrong.  It has been left to the owner of the house nearest the post to clarify the situation.
The post was erected to mark a boundary and it still does mark a boundary. This site notes several places where a road changes its name on the boundary and it is the case here as well.

035113xt In the pictures of both the above posts, signs can be seen in the background. These bear the same shield as the posts and carry this story:



The Corporation of London is the local authority for the City of London. It provides services not only in the City but also far outside its boundary.
In response to public concern at the loss of commons and parks to development in the nineteenth century, it established the policy of acquiring land for public open spaces within 25 miles of the City for the benefit of Londoners and the nation.
Consequently, the four Coulsdon Commons (Farthing Downs, Coulsdon Common, Kenley Common and Riddlesdown) were bought by the Corporation in 1883. It also acquired West Wickham Common in 1892 and Spring Park in 1926.
Although not registered as commons today, all these open spaces are protected from development by the 1878 Act under which they were acquired. The cost of maintaining them is met from the Corporation's own private resources with occasional support from public bodies.

  035042 TQ 328 570
Corner of Ninehams Road and Merlewood Close, Caterham
Outside the Corporation of London's Estate Office for the commons mentioned above.
This is not a Tax Post and is quite recent. But it carries on the cast iron Corporation of London tradition. It is just a post to keep your vehicle off the kerb or grass - and of an height designed to ensure that you will not see it just before you reverse into it.

037031 Missing Post!  TQ 330 573
East side of Buxton Lane, Caterham at the point where it becomes Hayes Lane, Kenley.
Marked M2 on the map above and on the larger version.
This post is leaning and bears the inscription 'Croydon Rural District 1895 Coulsdon'.
An identical post to this one stands beside City Post 162 in Chipstead and as we can see on the map there ought to be a City Post standing here but it has long since vanished.
The name Buxton Lane had struck me as odd because it is clearly an old road from long before the habit of naming roads after holiday destinations.  The larger map gives us an answer by calling it Buxton's Lane - it is named after a person.  But a developer has picked up on the geographic idea and built Matlock Road off it.

A different view of Old Coulsdon

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