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Brief description of site

The Promenade de Verdun is located on the Woodcote Estate in Purley. It is c 0.5km long and it is the only straight road on the Woodcote Estate. The principal structure, the war memorial obelisk, is an imposing architectural monument which acts as a focal point in the memorial landscape.

Brief history of site

The Promenade de Verdun memorial landscape was created by William Webb (1862-1930) in 1922. Webb conceived the idea of creating an Anglo-French memorial as ‘a tribute to our fallen neighbours’ to commemorate French sacrifices on the Western Front.

Location information:

Address: Promenade de Verdun, Woodcote, Purley, CR8 3HB

Locality: Croydon

Local Authorities:

Greater London; Croydon

Historical County: Surrey

OS Landranger Map Sheet Number: 187 Grid Ref: TQ298616
Latitude: Longitude:

Key information:

Form of site: designed urban space

Purpose of site: memorial garden

Context or principal building: parks, gardens and urban spaces

Site first created: 1922

Main period of development: Early 20th century

Survival: Extant

Site Size (Hectares): 0.4

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