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Dormans

DORMANS Dormansland is slightly smaller than Lingfield, with a population of around 4,000 if you include Dormans Park. It has a post office, a hairdresser, a couple of pubs, a church and a primary school. Houses are largely Victorian with a smattering of modern and small council estates. Dormans Park, which is actually closer to the station than Dormansland itself, has a curious history. It grew up when rich Victorians used to come down from London for Lingfield races. A number of little summer houses were built around the Dormans Hotel (now disappeared), where many of them liked to stay. The summer houses grew in grandeur and Dormans Park became the sort of place where the playboys of the time liked to entertain their mistresses. Nearly all the houses are large, detached villas in sizeable plots surrounded by countryside. A five-bedroom affair with an acre of land, a paddock and outbuildings, might sell for £1m. The area is rather secluded and has no local facilities of its own.

County:West Sussex
London terminal: Victoria
Journey time: 51 mins
Season ticket: £2016
Peak trains: 2 per hour plus 2 per hour changing at East Croydon
Off-peak trains: 2 per hour