Thornton Heath first opened on 1 December 1862. According to Wikipedia, it may have originally been called Colliers Water Lane but no documentary evidence has been found to prove that.
The station is very similar to the last few I’ve visited, having four platforms but only two of which are in regular use. The ticket office building is also in keeping with the designs seen at Norbury and Streatham Common. While the original ornate support pillars for the platform canopies remain, the canopies themselves now have a dull, corrugated iron look, the original decorative wooden structure having been long since removed. There has been a modern addition in the shape of a footbridge linking the platforms and also lifts for step-free access.
The Railway Telegraph, 19 Brigstock Road, CR7 7JJ
We’re getting further out here so there wasn’t a massive selection of pubs to choose from. Luckily there is one pretty much right opposite the station, the appropriately named ‘Railway Telegraph.’
Inside it’s a traditional, no-frills boozer with wood paneling throughout and some frosted glass. The walls are painted white and decorated with various black and white photos of Thornton Heath in days gone by. I spotted one piece of Crystal Palace memorabilia too, not surprising given Selhurst Park isn’t far. They also have a dartboard too. There is a main area of seating around the bar with a quieter area towards the back of the pub. We sat in the latter area, partly due to the comfy sofas. However the table by the sofa was curious, it looked like a desk you’d have seen in schools years and years ago. The Railway Telegraph also has a nice little back garden.
It’s part of the Ram Pub Company, the smaller offshoot group from Youngs. The only ale available here was Youngs bitter on our Thursday evening visit.I was hoping to get some food here as the website says they serve till 8 on weeknights. However at the pub I was told they only do food at weekends. If you can get any grub here, they say that their curry is ‘special’ and that on match days at Selhurst Park, they do a Jerk Chicken BBQ.
They had snooker on TV here which was showing in Eurosport. The pub also has a Sky/BT Sports licence and must have had trouble in the past with people coming to watch the game and not buying anything, a sign on the wall warns that there is a £5 minimum spend for anyone wanting to watch the football! The pub wasn’t rammed while we were here but had a decent mixed clientele.
In an area not blessed with pubs, The Railway Telegraph is a decent option although I wouldn’t say it’s anything special. It would certainly do a job if you’re in the area.