Thornton Heath
Thornton Heath is a district of south
South London
South London is the southern part of London, England, United Kingdom.According to the 2011 official Boundary Commission for England definition, South London includes the London boroughs of Bexley, Bromley, Croydon, Greenwich, Kingston, Lambeth, Lewisham, Merton, Southwark, Sutton and...

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, England, in the London Borough of Croydon
London Borough of Croydon
The London Borough of Croydon is a London borough in South London, England and is part of Outer London. It covers an area of and is the largest London borough by population. It is the southernmost borough of London. At its centre is the historic town of Croydon from which the borough takes its name...

. It is situated 7.2 miles (11.6 km) south-southeast of Charing Cross
Charing Cross
Charing Cross denotes the junction of Strand, Whitehall and Cockspur Street, just south of Trafalgar Square in central London, England. It is named after the now demolished Eleanor cross that stood there, in what was once the hamlet of Charing. The site of the cross is now occupied by an equestrian...



The nearest places are Mitcham
Mitcham is a district in the south west area of London, in the London Borough of Merton. A suburban area, Mitcham is located on the border of Inner London and Outer London. It is both residentially and financially developed, well served by Transport for London, and home to Mitcham Town Centre,...

, Croydon
Croydon is a town in South London, England, located within the London Borough of Croydon to which it gives its name. It is situated south of Charing Cross...

, South Norwood
South Norwood
South Norwood is an urban town and in south London, England, in the London Borough of Croydon. It is a suburban development 7.8 miles south-east of Charing Cross. South Norwood is an electoral with a resident population in 2001 of just over 14,000...

, Norbury
Norbury is a town in the London Borough of Croydon, also crossing the London Borough of Merton. It shares the postcode London SW16 with nearby Streatham. Norbury is south of Charing Cross.-History:...

, Pollards Hill
Pollards Hill
Pollards Hill is a residential district crossing the border of the south London boroughs of Merton and Croydon between Mitcham and Norbury. It is the name of a council ward in Merton. The district is bisected by the Merton/Croydon boundary along Recreation Way...

, Selhurst
Selhurst is a suburban development in the London Borough of Croydon south-south-east of Charing Cross. A relatively small area, Selhurst is bounded by South Norwood, Croydon and Thornton Heath and, like nearby Broad Green, has lost its distinct identity from these larger neighbours in recent years...

, Upper Norwood
Upper Norwood
Upper Norwood is an elevated area in south London, England within the postcode SE19. It is a residential district largely in the London Borough of Croydon although some parts extend into the London Borough of Lambeth, London Borough of Southwark and the London Borough of Bromley. Upper Norwood...

 and Eastfields
Eastfields is an area of South London situated between Mitcham and Streatham. The area is home to St. Marks Academy secondary school and to a new railway station, Mitcham Eastfields railway station, which opened on 2 June 2008. The area has two council estates, Laburnum and Eastfields Estate, 5...



At Thornton Heath Pond is a London Bus
London Buses
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 garage. The nearest railway stations are Thornton Heath
Thornton Heath railway station
Thornton Heath railway station is in the London Borough of Croydon in south London miles from Victoria. It is on the Brighton main line between East Croydon and London Victoria. The station is operated by Southern, who also provide the majority of services...

, Norwood Junction
Norwood Junction railway station
Norwood Junction railway station is in South Norwood in the London Borough of Croydon in south London, in Travelcard Zone 4.The station is managed by London Overground and trains operated by Southern and London Overground .-History:...

 and Selhurst
Selhurst railway station
Selhurst railway station is in the London Borough of Croydon in south London from Victoria. The station is operated by Southern, who also provide the majority of services , and is in Travelcard Zone 4.- History :The Balham Hill and East Croydon line was constructed by the London Brighton...



In May 2004, Thornton Heath's historic Victorian baths were demolished and replaced by a more modern sports and leisure centre. It cost £8 million to build, of which £2.8 million came from the British National Lottery Good Causes Fund through Sport England
Sport England
Sport England is the brand name for the English Sports Council and is a non-departmental public body under the Department for Culture, Media and Sport...

. The project was supervised by Croydon's Director of Environment, Culture and Public Protection, Steve Halsey. Huntley Cartwright (Chartered Quantity Surveyors
Quantity surveyor
A quantity surveyor is a professional working within the construction industry concerned with building costs.The profession is one that provides a qualification gained following formal education, specific training and experience that provides a general set of skills that are then applied to a...

) provided a Quantity Surveying Service, and assisted the council in obtaining the Sport England Grant, as well as managing the OJEU
Official Journal of the European Union
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 process for selecting tenderers. In early option appraisals
Project appraisal
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, consideration was made to whether the existing centre should be refurbished or redeveloped. However, it became clear as work on the ground got under way that the old building would be demolished in its entirety.

The centre was opened to the public on 1 May 2004. In the first month of opening, there were 5,200 admissions to swim and 9,500 walking tours of the centre, with around 700 people joining as members. The popularity was such that turnstile
A turnstile, also called a baffle gate, is a form of gate which allows one person to pass at a time. It can also be made so as to enforce one-way traffic of people, and in addition, it can restrict passage only to people who insert a coin, a ticket, a pass, or similar...

s had to be fitted to improve security. The official opening ceremony
Opening ceremony
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 was attended by Iain Dowie
Iain Dowie
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 (manager of Crystal Palace F.C.
Crystal Palace F.C.
Crystal Palace Football Club are an English Football league club based in South Norwood, London. The team plays its home matches at Selhurst Park, where they have been based since 1924. The club currently competes in the second tier of English Football, The Championship.Crystal Palace was formed in...

), and Crystal Palace players Andrew Johnson, Danny Butterfield
Danny Butterfield
Daniel Paul "Danny" Butterfield is an English professional footballer who plays for Southampton. He has previously played for Grimsby Town, Crystal Palace and Charlton Athletic in The Championship. He has also represented Palace in the Premier League. He is primarily utilised as a right back...

 and Shaun Derry
Shaun Derry
Shaun Peter Derry is an English footballer who plays for Queens Park Rangers. Derry is known for his hard-tackling and aggressive midfield style...

. The centre is owned by Croydon Council, but was originally run by Parkwood Leisure, although it is now run by Fusion Lifestyle in partnership with the Council.

A malapropism
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exists for Thornton Heath, spelled "Fort Neaf" which results from the transliteration of the local pronunciation of the proper noun mixed with a degree of illiteracy among the term's propagators. This continues to cause trouble for compilers of classified ads and taxi drivers alike.

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