Near Croydon in Surrey commuter belt town Coulsdon, like many similar towns across the south east, is intimately caught up with the coming of the railways. The area covers Old Coulsdon, Coulsdon Woods, Smitham Bottom, and the Mount with areas such as Smitham and Old Coulsdon retaining their distinctive small scale village-like character. Nearby the chalky downs offer plenty of open space, a magnet for walkers and lovers of the country life. The local Redhill & Old Coulsdon Cricket Club traces its origins right back to the 18th century, and the Old Coulsdon cricket club. Local places of interest include the 16th century Grade II-listed Whitehall museum in nearby Cheam.