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Warlingham

Warlingham is a large village on the south-eastern boundary of London, England, just across the border in Tandridge district, east Surrey. Neighbouring villages include Sanderstead, Hamsey Green, Whyteleafe, Farleigh, Fickleshole and Woldingham. The nearest town to Warlingham is Caterham. Most of Warlingham's population works in Croydon or central London, making Warlingham part of the London commuter belt.

The village lay within the Anglo-Saxon administrative division of Tandridge hundred.

The name probably is derived from "The homestead (-ham) of the followers (-ing) of Waerla".

Today

Warlingham is centered on a triangular village green, home to most of the village's commercial activities: included is a Somerfield store, a Sainsburys, a Lloyd's Pharmacy, a post office, a DIY Store, a newsagent, two hair salons, a Natwest bank, two Indian restaurants and Park and Baily estate agents. Also situated on the green is a village hall, a few small houses, a gift shop, several dress shops, four pubs of varying characters (including the old coaching Inn, the "Whyte Lion") and a fish and chip shop, named 'The Captain's Table'.

Prior to the opening of a large supermarket at the Chelsham end of Limpsfield Road, the village also supported a bakers, 2 butchers, a greengrocers another general grocers. These have all since closed, probably as a result of competition from the supermarket. The majority of local people opposed the building of the supermarket as did the local council. However, after the supermarket chain threatened to withdraw a traffic calming scheme the council capitulated and allowed the construction of the supermarket. This has led to a massive increase in traffic on Limpsfield Road and a sharp reduction in general trade for shops around the village green.

Warlingham Sports Club dates back to 1856.

There are a few schools in Warlingham. Warlingham School is closer to Hamsey Green than Warlingham (and is on the same campus as Hamsey Green Junior and Infant schools) and is a senior state school, with a thriving 6th Form. Warlingham Park School is a small private school which is very close to Chelsham Common (and is near the Great Park housing estate).

There is also another primary school situated in on Farleigh Road. It was called Farleigh school, until it was renamed Warlingham Village School.

In early 2008, a new Locksmith was opened in place of Unwins Wine Merchants, which had previously gone out of business.

In May 2008, a new Nail Bar was opened, in which used to be a Butchers.

In June 2008, a new coffee and sandwich shop was opened on the green, replacing Uptempo Music Store.

In September 2008, Another coffee shop was opened next to the locksmith.

Transport

Warlingham has good transport links with Croydon, but not such good links with nearby Caterham. The Transport for London 403 route goes from Croydon to the Sainsbury's store via Sanderstead and runs every 12 minutes. It is operated by Arriva London. Metrobus route 409 also goes to Croydon, but it goes via Selsdon. It also goes to East Grinstead (although some evening journeys only go as far as Lingfield) via Whyteleafe and Caterham. Metrobus also operate route 411 to Redhill which goes via Whyteleafe, Caterham and Godstone. Certain journeys also go to Tatsfield. Both routes also serve Greatpark housing estate in Chelsham Common (built on the site of Warlingham Park Hospital - previously known as Croydon Borough Asylum). On schooldays, Selkent operate a route to Saint Bede's school in Redhill and Southdown PSV operate route 657 to Reigate College.

The local station is about a mile from Warlingham and is called Upper Warlingham railway station, which has fast Southern services to London Victoria and London Bridge as well as East Grinstead. Close to Upper Warlingham is Whyteleafe railway station which has slower trains to London and Caterham departing every quarter of an hour.

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