Living in Kenley

Kenley is a sought after semi-rural area, situated just south of Purley yet within easy reach of central London. If you are looking for a truly country feel with all the conveniences of good transport, shopping and schools nearby, then Kenley is the perfect choice for your next move. With a wide selection of property ranging from flats, terraced and semi-detached houses mainly found in the valley, to large imposing detached family homes in Welcomes road, Uplands road and Hayes Lane, Kenley has a lot to offer the discerning purchaser.


Local History

Kenley is rich in history, an example being Kenley Memorial Hall, built in 1921 from funds raised by the Kenley residents to commemorate all the local men who had served their country in World War I. The hall was used by the local community until it was requisitioned by the war department in World War II and was used as an ARP post and rehabilitation centre until 1947 when it was then handed back to the trustees. In 1973 having fallen into disrepair the hall was about to be sold for re-development when the local residents again, together with local business raised the funds to save the hall and restored it over the course of the next two years.

Kenley is also home to Kenley Aerodrome, a station of the Royal Flying Corps in the First World War and the RAF in the Second World War. Many famous pilots served at Kenley including South African fighter ace, Sailor Malan, who survived the war to become involved in the Anti-Apartheid movement in his country. Kenley Aerodrome has been used as a location for well known films, including ‘Reach for the Sky’, about Douglas Bader, who was posted to RAF Kenley in 1930, shortly before his accident in 1931.

Properties in Kenley

Kenley properties comprise mainly of semi-detached and detached family homes, with a mixture of both character and modern styles, appealing to anyone who wants the convenience of being close to Croydon and London but with the more rural feel that Kenley offers.


Schools and other amenities

A good choice of both state and private schools are available within easy reach of Kenley including, Kenley Primary School, The Hayes Primary School, Harris Primary Academy and de Stafford Secondary School. In the private sector Laleham Lea is a catholic independent primary school for boys and girls aged 3 to 11 years situated close by in Purley, St David’s, a co-educational school for pupils aged 3 to 11, also situated in Purley. Caterham School, an independent co-educational HMC day and boarding school for pupils aged 3 to 18 years is situated in nearby Caterham Valley.

Kenley has a selection of local shops, Purley offers a more comprehensive range of shops including a large Tesco Store, Laura Ashley Home Store and a selection of restaurants and cafes. To the South Caterham also offers an excellent range of shops and restaurants including Waitrose Supermarket and Morrison’s Supermarket.

The Wattenden Arms pub is situated in Hayes Lane in Kenley and offers a varied menu and promotional events.

Kenley Common is a 139 acre public open space and surrounds Kenley Airfield and welcomes walkers, cyclists, horse riders and responsible dog walkers. If Golf is your interest, there are plenty of Golf Clubs to choose from in the area, including the Surrey National Golf Club, set in an area of outstanding natural beauty, skirting the North Downs, in the village of Chaldon and Coulsdon Manor Hotel and Golf Club, also within easy reach, is set in 140 acres of landscaped parkland with an 18 hole golf course.

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Transport Links

Kenley railway station offers good links to London main line stations, Kenley to London Bridge takes approximately 44 minutes. Kenley is situated in a very convenient location for access by road to Croydon, Heathrow and Gatwick airports and the south coast. The M25 junction 6 (Godstone) is just a few miles.

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About us

ShineRocks Estate Agents was founded in Purley more than 20 years ago. As a leading authority both on the area and in the property industry, we’re proud to sell quality homes in the £300,000 to £3,000,000+ bracket, while simultaneously offering the highest levels of service and timely communication to our many valued clients.

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