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Woodside is a neighbourhood in the London Borough of Croydonmarker located between Addiscombemarker and South Norwoodmarker.

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Woodside is a suburban district of residential streets based around Woodside Greenmarker, a small sized area of green land. At one end of the green is a war memorial. It is surrounded by residential properties, with the main shopping parade at one end. Portland Road, an important distributor road, leads away from the green towards South Norwood, and has many more shops, restaurants, pubs and a swimming pool. The green still has a somewhat villagey feel with several old houses and cottages around it. Housing is largely Victorian terraces or more recent developments of small flats. There are some attractive pubs including the Joiner's Arms .

Woodside was first mentioned in 1332, one of the older settlements in the area. It is likely to signify 'at the side of the Great North Woodmarker', which gives its name to Norwood. Woodside was largely agricultural land, but its heavy soil enabled a brick-making industry to form from 1815. The brickworks' chimneys dominated the area, and following their closure in 1974, a new open space known as Brickfield Meadows serves the community. Woodside Racecourse opened in 1866 on nearby Stroud Green Farm, now the site of Ashburton Community School, closing in 1890.

Woodside stationmarker was built to serve visitors to the racecourse in 1871. The station was served by the Woodside and South Croydon Railway. It is now served by Tramlinkmarker routes 1 and 2, with services to Croydonmarker and the London Borough of Bromleymarker.

Woodside is part of the electoral ward of Woodside, one of 24 of the London Borough of Croydon, which covers a wider area up to Norwood Junction railway stationmarker, including South Norwood Country Parkmarker. The area identifying primarily as Woodside has gradually shrunk with most living within the SE25 postcode now terming themselves 'South Norwood'.

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