Addiscombe

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Coordinates: 51°22′52″N 0°03′59″W / 51.381°N 0.0663°W / 51.381; -0.0663

Addiscombe is a district of south London, England, located in the London Borough of Croydon. It is situated 10 miles (16 km) south of Charing Cross.

It is situated just to the northeast of central Croydon, and is home to a high proportion of people who commute to Central London, owing to its proximity to the busy East Croydon railway station and Tramlink, linking Addiscombe with other parts of Croydon and Wimbledon, as well as extensive bus routes into Central Croydon and surrounding areas.

There are several local schools, including the Trinity School of John Whitgift, Archbishop Tenison's School, Ashburton Community School and Oval Road Primary.

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History

Three hundred years ago Addiscombe was a rural area. Its main industries were farming and brick-making. Clay deposits at Woodside provided the raw materials for the latter.

In 1702 'Addiscombe Place' was built to Vanbrugh's design. He was best known for Blenheim Palace and was a prime exponent of the English Baroque style. The house was built on a site which is now the corner of Outram Road and Mulberry Lane. It replaced a fine Elizabethan mansion.

Sir John Evelyn recorded in his diary "I went to Adscomb on 11 July 1703 to see my son-in-law’s new house. It has excellent brickwork and Portland stone features, that I pronounced it good solid architecture, and one of the very best gentlemen's houses in Surrey." Distinguished guests who stayed at the mansion include George III, William Pitt and Peter the Great of Russia. Peter the Great was reputed to have planted a cedar tree in Mulberry Lane to record his visit.

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