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 »

They were prepared – the heroism of Croydon’s Scouts in World War Two

Posted on April 29th, by Hilary Fife in History. 1 Comment

A plaque has been unveiled in St Barnabas’ chapel, Croydon University Hospital, paying tribute to some unsung – and very young – Croydonian war heroes. Hospital chaplain Hilary Fife reports

Look closely at the tin helmet in the photograph on the left and you’ll see the words ‘Mayday H’. This photo brought to life for me a conversation I’d had with a patient, in … Read More »

Come fly with Croydon Airport as it celebrates £10,000 Heritage Lottery Fund grant

Posted on March 24th, by Deborah Challis in History. 1 Comment

Croydon Airport Society has a Heritage Lottery Fund grant – the first funding it’s ever received – to Deborah Challis’s delight

Croydon Airport Society has been awarded £10,000 as part of an exciting new project, ‘Revealing the Hidden Heritage of Croydon Airport’. Our project aims to recruit and train volunteers to meet growing demand at its Visitor Centre, help keep it open and research the … Read More »

Industrial heritage on the banks of the Wandle

Posted on October 20th, by Sean Creighton in History. 1 Comment

Sean Creighton tells the story of the river Wandle past and present

6th July last year saw the Wandle Park Revival Community Day celebrating the regeneration of this Croydon park. This followed work on the restoration of the River Wandle, which was broken out from a concrete culvert beneath the park. Now it’s the turn of the nearby Waddon Ponds to have money spent on … Read More »

What was Croydon like in 1914?

Posted on September 15th, by Sean Creighton in History. 2 comments

As the nation marks one hundred years since the outbreak of the First World War, Sean Creighton investigates Croydon in 1914

The Annual Report of the Medical Officer of Health for 1914 gives us a fascinating picture of the county borough.

Croydon a century ago did not cover the same area as now – in fact, 1914 is a key year of change in … Read More »

Why UNESCO should declare Croydon Airport a World Heritage Site

Posted on June 9th, by Ian Walker in History. 3 comments

The time has come to celebrate Croydon’s pivotal role in the history of aviation. Ian Walker, Chair of Croydon Airport Society, explains why Croydon Airport deserves to become a World Heritage Site

UNESCO, World Heritage, Croydon – words not often seen together in the same sentence. What does Croydon have that puts it on a par with the other 981 United Nations Educational Scientific … Read More »

Political Croydon: The Seventies

Posted on June 4th, by David White in History. No Comments

David White continues his decade-by-decade look at Croydon’s politics by taking us into the era of Heath, the Winter of Discontent, and the last time we had a referendum on Europe

The ’70s are often thought of as a period of political conflict and lack of progress. It was a decade which saw four general elections and four prime ministers.

However, there was more to the … Read More »

How far have we come? Slavery, civil rights and contemporary racism

Posted on May 19th, by Sean Creighton in History. No Comments

Sean Creighton explains the linked Croydon Radical History events in Croydon Heritage Festival

Back in 1971 the reggae group The Greyhound had a hit with ‘Black & White’. The song by David I Arkin, who wrote the lyrics, and Earl Robinson, who created the music, was inspired by the 1954 United States Supreme Court decision that outlawed racial segregation of public schools, an important milestone … Read More »

Keen as mustard: South Croydon’s heritage, part 3

Posted on March 7th, by Sean Creighton in History. 1 Comment

In part three of his series, Sean Creighton continues to delve into the history of South Croydon to see what should be showcased in the Heritage Lottery Fund bid

Croydon’s urban expansion southwards enabled people to travel into London for work, and to run their businesses. One such business was the Mazawattee Tea Company set up by John Boon Densham (1814–1886). He lived in various … Read More »

Keen as mustard: South Croydon’s heritage, part 2

Posted on February 28th, by Sean Creighton in History. No Comments

In part two of his series, Sean Creighton continues to delve into the history of South Croydon to see what should be showcased in the Heritage Lottery Fund bid

Within the area of the manor was the Haling Park estate. The Enclosure Act map of 1801 shows the division of the land into plots, some of which have names attached. William Parker Hammond not only … Read More »