History


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 »



Taras Shevchenko: The poet of Ukrainian freedom

Posted on February 25th, by Sean Creighton in History. 1 Comment

As the recent events in Ukraine throw the country into turmoil, Sean Creighton looks at the life of a Ukrainian poet who fought for the freedom of his country using words

A few years before he set up home in Upper Norwood, the African American actor Ira Aldridge toured Russia in 1858 and 1859. Among those who reacted to his acting with rapture was ‘the … Read More »



Keen as mustard: South Croydon’s heritage, part 1

Posted on February 21st, by Sean Creighton in History. No Comments

In a three part series, Sean Creighton ponders the history of South Croydon and what should be showcased in the Heritage Lottery Fund bid

Have you ever been as ‘keen as mustard’ about anything? As a Croydon citizen you have more right to be, because the phrase comes from the brand of the locally based Keen’s mustard business. Being told about Keen’s caused much amusement … Read More »



A piece of aviation history

Posted on February 21st, by Dennis Goswell in History. 2 comments

Dennis Goswell shares his memories of Croydon Airport when it was world famous

In the early 1930s my family moved from London to rent one of the houses on the very new St. Helier council estate in Carshalton. It was a great place to grow up in and an exciting event was to first hear and then see an aeroplane overhead. Croydon Airport was, at … Read More »



A tale of two developments: Cane Hill and Caterham Barracks

Posted on February 12th, by Matthew Doyle in History. 2 comments

Matthew Doyle contemplates buildings steeped in Victorian history which are set for regeneration

Two developments. Two lives. A shared sense of history links them both as does proximity. One is in Croydon, the other over the boundary in our spiritual home of Surrey. The Victorian era gave them their birth but their future lies in the residential housing market. Unlike the visual migraine of the … Read More »