The Pollards Hill residents’ association represents the Croydon section west of London Road and east of the hill (see the map below).
It is a well appointed residential area, with broad tree-lined roads, and pretty greens, surprising to many who only know Norbury from the busy high street and London Road. It has a mixed population, reflecting the many communities in London.
Until the end of the niineteenth century the area was farmland, particularly orchards. Maps from the turn of the century show the distinctive curving road layout just as it is now, but without houses, presumably an elegant carriageway for the estate.
Most of the houses were built from 1902 onwards and in keeping with the fashion of the time, many have a distinct arts and crafts feel to them. On Beatrice Avenue for instance, the stained glass windows are a wonderful feature of many houses and no two houses are the same. The road is designated as an area of local interest particularly due to the "bandstand" balconies towards the Church on the road, an unique architectural feature. The area suffered bomb damage in WW2, and some of the houses were rebuilt after that time, leading to a delightful variation in the housing stock.