SITE LOCATION AND HISTORY
HISTORY OF THE CHURCH WALK SHOPPING CENTRE
The site sits in the heart of Caterham town centre, bordering Station Avenue to the north, Church Walk to the east and Harestone Valley Road to the west.
In the 19th century, the site was predominantly occupied by the Railway Hotel, with orchards and gardens stretching to the south. The Railway Hotel was destroyed by fire in the late 1800s and was duly replaced by the Valley Hotel on a similar footprint.
Over the years shopping streets had grown around the hotel site and a car park was established to its rear.
However, the demolition of the Valley Hotel took place in 1988 to make way for the entrance to the then new
shopping precinct named Church Walk Shopping Centre. Morrison’s supermarket opened in 1990.
The shopping centre is now dated by modern standards and is no longer considered the most attractive
proposition for retail operators in the longer term in its current form.