Southernmost point in London

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Southernmost point in Greater London

 
A glance at an outline map of London shows that its border is at its most irregular on the southern side. In the absence of clear dividing features such as rivers or ridges, modern admin­is­tra­tive bound­aries frequently derive from the arbitrary sepa­ra­tion of parishes (or of hundreds) many centuries ago – often along the bound­aries between two fields that have since been amal­ga­mated into one or disap­peared alto­gether.

Such parishes were later allocated to one borough or another – and then, through a series of histor­ical accidents, found them­selves included in or excluded from Greater London on its creation in 1965.

Coulsdon’s historic bailiwick ran to within 500 feet of the church of St Peter and St Paul’s, Chaldon. Coulsdon is nowadays part of the London Borough of Croydon, while Chaldon falls within Surrey’s Tandridge district.

Shown in Street View below, the (unsign­posted and unin­hab­ited) Croydon/Tandridge crossover point on Ditches Lane is the south­ern­most location in Greater London. Inci­den­tally, the south­ern­most settle­ment in Greater London is Hawley’s Corner, in the borough of Bromley.
 

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