Fire! Commemorating 150 years since Croydon church burnt down

Posted on January 6th, by Karen Ip in History. No Comments

One January night in 1867, a beautiful Croydon building dating back to Saxon times was destroyed in just a few hours

On Saturday 5th January 1867, a terrible fire raged through Croydon’s ancient parish church, reducing it to a broken shell in a single night. It was a fire which, according to accounts of the time, could have been put out, had it not been for a … Read More »

How Croydon lads confronted the Auld Enemy

Posted on November 24th, by Andrew Dickinson in History. 1 Comment

Andrew Dickinson recalls a kickabout to remember on the Purley Way

It’s Saturday 4th June 1977, some time in the morning. A few mates and I have got on our bikes and gone up to the Purley Way playing fields to have a kickabout. All normal stuff. We’ve walked through the huge car park where the 194 and 115 buses used to turn around (this is pre-Colonnades … Read More »

How Croydon Minster revived an ancient tradition: beating the bounds

Posted on October 25th, by Stephen Willmer in History. No Comments

Stephen Willmer on the revival of a surprising ritual to mark the borders of Croydon

Beating the bounds is a very old tradition. And like most old traditions, it had a very practical purpose. In the days before maps and mass literacy, this ceremony ensured that the people living in a particular place knew the limits of their land on the ground (their bounds) and could pass … Read More »

How a meeting on a tree stump near Croydon led to the abolition of slavery in Britain

Posted on September 12th, by Jonny Rose in History. 1 Comment

Jonny Rose reveals the connections between Croydon and one of the nation’s greatest philanthropists

Many thanks to Sean Creighton for highlighting Croydon’s shameful involvement in the transatlantic slave trade in these very (virtual) pages. Readers interested in Croydon’s dark history can find more on the topic at the Croydon Citizen here, here, and here.

Which neatly brings me to some of my favourite groups … Read More »

Will Croydon Council sell off more of its historic assets?

Posted on August 8th, by Sean Creighton in History. No Comments

Sean Creighton surveys a national picture of heritage that isn’t pretty. He hopes that Croydon bucks the trend

The pre-May 2014 Croydon administration sold part of the Riesco collection. The current administration has not adopted a policy that there will be no further sale of items while it is in office, nor has it set up an investigation to review the idea from several years ago to … Read More »

Review: National Trust ‘Edge City: Croydon’ tour

Posted on July 27th, by Bonnie Stephensmith in History. 1 Comment

What happens on tour stays on tour? Breaking all the rules, Bonnie Stephensmith reveals what happened on the National Trust’s Edge City: Croydon Tours

The popularity of the National Trust’s latest venture meant many people missed the opportunity to explore Croydon. My inner-London friends were dismayed the tours were on for just eight days – and sold out so quickly. So, I’m going to break the code – … Read More »

Croydon’s slave-trading history: the evidence grows

Posted on June 22nd, by Sean Creighton in History. 1 Comment

Croydon was once home to many involved in the slave trade. As the borough holds its fourth Heritage Festival, Sean Creighton investigates one of the darkest chapters of our history

One of the benefits of giving history talks is that members of the audience are able to supply extra information. In the discussion after a recent talk I gave on Croydon’s connections with the slavery … Read More »

The 50th anniversary of Croydon’s first eleven

Posted on May 13th, by Andrew Dickinson in History. 1 Comment

Andrew Dickinson celebrates some neglected Croydon gems, and unveils plans to bring them back into use

The year is 1966. There they are, proudly lined up, one to eleven. A team put together with great thought and purpose. Each one an impressive performer individually, but as a collective, the outcomes will be even greater.

The sun is shining brightly as the VIPs make their … Read More »

Remembering 1916, and grandad: life on the western front

Posted on April 8th, by Robert Ward in History. 5 comments

Robert Ward felt something down the generations when he visited the ‘Remembering 1916′ exhibition

I hadn’t thought of grandad for a while. What brought him back to my thoughts was a visit to the ‘Remembering 1916 – Life on the Western Front‘ exhibition at the Whitgift Exhibition Centre.

Grandad died when I was four years old, more than sixty years ago. He was just past … Read More »

A Croydonian on the Western Front

Posted on October 9th, by Papa Delta in History. 3 comments

The story of a Croydonian’s experiences in the ‘war to end all wars’, told by his grandson

My grandfather, Leonard Fuller, was born in Croydon in 1896. He lived at 109 Queens Road, until the family emigrated in 1910 to Winnipeg. On 30th August 1915, at the age of 19, he volunteered to join the Canadian Expeditionary Force in Winnipeg. He was recruited as a … Read More »