History


In the hills of Palestine: echoes from the First World War

Posted on April 19th, by Samuel Ali in History. No Comments

One hundred years on, battles from Croydon’s past overshadow Palestine’s future

Having captured Gaza, Beersheba and Jerusalem in 1917, by the spring of 1918 British forces fighting in the First World War Sinai & Palestine campaign had occupied southern Palestine and were ready to push up towards the Ottoman provinces of Syria, Lebanon and, also, into what is present-day Jordan. Amongst the West Indians, Indians, Jews, Arabs, … Read More »



Samuel Coleridge-Taylor and the civil rights movement

Posted on March 23rd, by Samuel Ali in History. 1 Comment

How the Croydon-based composer and musician helped instigate change

In the 50th anniversary year of the assassination of US civil rights leader, Martin Luther King, on 4th April 1968, it’s timely to examine the role of Croydon composer, Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, in the early modern US civil rights and pan-African movements. His mixed-race ethnicity, humble beginnings and untimely death make the story of his achievements all the more … Read More »



Digging into the past: a vintage poster with local roots

Posted on February 27th, by Andrew Dickinson in History. No Comments

A local man who became a propaganda legend is remembered…

Wandle Park recently partnered with the Kenley Revival Project to host a World War Two poster-making workshop, using vintage posters from the period as inspiration. Well-known classic designs such as ‘Dig For Victory’, ‘Loose Lips Sink Ships’ and ‘The Walls Have Ears’ all featured.

Much fun was had by all – and some good new examples … Read More »



Did Mendelssohn play the organ at Croydon Minster?

Posted on February 16th, by David Morgan in History. 4 comments

Did the famous composer really play in Croydon? Let’s try to solve a musical mystery

The Croydon Times in January 1867 was clear. Croydon’s historic parish church (nowadays Croydon Minster) had just been devastated by fire, and its celebrated organ, built by John Avery, totally destroyed. “Maestro Mendelssohn played upon it and pronounced it a most excellent instrument”, the paper sorrowfully declared. We do not know the exact evidence upon … Read More »



Historical heroines: meeting Croydon’s suffragettes and suffragists

Posted on January 31st, by Sean Creighton in History. 1 Comment

Many forgotten names from the female suffrage movement resided in Croydon

It’s time to remember the brave women of Croydon who fought so tirelessly for universal suffrage. 6th February 2018 is the 100th anniversary of parliament finally acceding to giving women the vote in elections. This important event in the history of democracy in Britain is also important for the Townswomen’s Guilds across the country, which were … Read More »



Croydon’s wartime Canadian links: the Halifax explosion, December 1917

Posted on January 10th, by Sean Creighton in History. No Comments

Finding out about Croydon’s First World War connections to the Canadian army

On 6th December 1917, a massive explosion in the harbour at Halifax, Nova Scotia, devastated the town, killed nearly 2,000 people and injured nearly 9,000 more. Whether former Croydonians were among them is not known, because so many of those killed could not be identified.

Despite the support of the Canadians for Britain on … Read More »



Croydon and WWI’s Sinai & Palestine Campaign

Posted on December 6th, by Samuel Ali in History. No Comments

A century on from events in the Levant that changed the world, we should remember the role played by Croydonians

Alan Tegetmeier, London Regiment, worked as a secretary before the war. He was killed on 8th December 1917, outside Jerusalem. He was 26 years-old. Photo owned by Museum of Croydon, used with permission.

Frederick Warren of Thornton Heath fell fighting in the hills outside Jerusalem on 21st December 1917. Before … Read More »



Event review: Secrets of the 1817 Slave Registers Uncovered – a talk by Paul Crooks

Posted on October 17th, by Ola Kolade in History. 2 comments

Black History Month comes to Croydon via an enlightening talk by historian Paul Crooks

October is a unique month in our yearly calendar, fêted by our attempts to lay off the booze in exchange for raising awareness and funds to battle the ‘big C’. For some of us, we get to rekindle our inner child by playing dress up and our high-street retailers get a small boost … Read More »



Remembering Beulah Hill spa

Posted on August 3rd, by Christopher Shields in History. No Comments

Queen Victoria, Charles Dickens and Kaiser Wilhelm all took the waters in Croydon’s forgotten spa

Many of you will have been to the Harvester restaurant at the top of Spa Hill, Upper Norwood. You may have walked along the overgrown track through the spa woods. You may even have played in the children’s playground as a kid in the sixties, seventies or eighties – or your children … Read More »



Twelve things that you might not know about the history of Croydon

Posted on July 26th, by Bernadette Fallon in History. 3 comments

Twelve ways to impress your friends or win a very specific pub quiz

From a Saxon cemetery in Park Lane to the oldest railway system in the world, Croydon has a lot of fascinating history that you might not have been aware of. And here it is.

1. An early Saxon cemetery was discovered under Croydon’s Park Lane in the late 19th century, with almost three-quarters of … Read More »