Thornton Heath, as the name suggests, was originally a heath, famous for its pond where livestock and horses would come to drink. The heath and pond gradually disappeared, replaced by houses and streets, and by the 1900s very little open space remained. A steady landmark that has remained since the 1800s is the clock tower on the corner of the high street and Parchmore Road.
Thonton Heath was a great stopping point for those travelling out of London on there way down to Brighton, breaking up long journeys on horseback and later on by way of motor car. The train station was built in 1862 at the quieter end of Thornton Heath, which became known as New Thornton Heath, and eventually became a much busier site thanks to its location. Today the station looks much the same as it did before, and sits at the bottom of the high street.
Thornton Heath has some famous residents; it is the birthplace to famous Grime artist, Stormzy, who featured the area in his early videos, and more recently as a backdrop to his headline set at Glastonbury.
Located at the top of Thornton Heath is Selhurst Park, Crystal Palace’s football club. The stadium was opened in 1924 and has a capacity of 25,000. There are rumours of the stadium being renovated and re-developed, which would be great news for the area.
Re-development has been slowly but surely occurring throughout Thornton Heath. Starting with upgrading pavements and the frontages of high street businesses, the council has started to focus on bringing local artists to help colour the area:‘An important district centre to the north of central Croydon, Thornton Heath has a distinct a specific identity. Its busy high street acts as a hub for the local community and plays an important role in the local economic life. The area holds opportunities for development and better use of existing buildings.The Thornton Heath Improvements project is to improve the physical environment of the town centre high street and Brigstock Road, resulting in safer, functional and attractive places that will encourage local people to take ownership of their high street, whilst also creating appealing streets for new visitors.The programme of works will take place over three years; upgrading the public realm, town centre and creating the ideal conditions for business investment. Enhancements are planned to around 30 buildings along Thornton Heath High Street and Brigstock Road and empty or run down properties will be brought back into use.As part of the regeneration programme for Thornton Heath a number of sites in the area were identified for wall art.’
With its ‘good’ schools, great transport links into the centre of London, and the development of Westfield Croydon only a few minutes away by train, this is a great area for investment. It still has low house prices and is therefore very attractive for first time buyers, who are flocking to the area.
Yoga in Thornton Heath
There is currently very little yoga offered in Thornton Heath. With Streatham a short distance away, Yogarise Streatham would be a great place to start. Yogarise opened its doors in Streatham in January 2019 offering classes here throughout the week. Whether you’re after something to soothe your soul, or get your heart pumping, our friendly neighbourhood yoga classes accommodate all levels and abilities, plus there are two donation-based community yoga classes taught each week too. Some of our most popular classes are Rocket Yoga, Prenatal Yoga and Vinyasa Flow Yoga.
We offer a range of different styles of yoga, which are open to all levels: Ashtanga yoga classes, Baby & Me, Creative Flow, Forrest Yoga, Hatha Yoga, Jivamukti, Prana Vinyasa flow yoga, Pregnancy Yoga London, Postnatal, Restorative, Yin, Yin Yang, Vinyasa Yoga London. Whatever your style, Yogarise has something to suit all!