Named after the local village of Sanderstead which means literally a sandy place or homestead, its origins go back to an Anglo-Saxon charter being recorded as Sandenstede circa AD880, the Normans mention it in the Domesday Book as Sandestede in AD1086 and by AD1221 it was Sanderstede. Sanderstead Court itself was a country house dating from at least the 17thCentury, it was later converted into an hotel and renamed Selsdon Court. But it was destroyed by fire in AD1944, and its ruins are Grade II listed. The road itself was quite a way from the house.
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