A brief introduction to the Webb Estate
William Webb developed
260 acres of farmland, over
a period of 30 years to
bring into existence the
Webb Estate. A key part of
concept was “Garden
First”. Great care was
taken over the layout of the
development and tthe size
and nature of the individual
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The Webb Estate is a residential conservation area in Purley, about 12 miles South East of London.
The name “Purley” is derived from “pirlea”which means “Peartree Lea”. Originally farmland, and now a
conservation area, this secluded and relatively exclusive residential area has retained its atmosphere of
tranquillity and seclusion for over 90 years. The estate is named after William Webb, a local estate agent,
who bought the land in 1888.
Webb’s unique approach to development, which gives the estate its character, was based on the simple idea
of cooperation between architect and gardener. The estate was built around the imaginative use of plants
and shrubs and each road has a unique character. Webb laid out a garden landscape and then introduced
225 properties, all different and carefully sited.
The Webb Estate Society was formed in the early 1980’s by a group of residents who wished to preserve the
character of the estate. After much work, the estate was designated a conservation area in 1983.
In 1999, the Webb family sold the freeholds of the roads to Webb Estate Limited, a company owned by the
residents of the estate. This company continues the work of the Webb Estate Society in preserving
the character of the estate.