National Trust announces Edge City Croydon


By - Tuesday 5th July, 2016

From Friday 15th until Sunday 24th July, National Trust London will run guided tours of Croydon as part of an event to publicise the borough’s post-war social, political and architectural heritage.


Photo by National Trust London, used with permission.

Release begins: This July, National Trust London delves into the contemporary heritage of Croydon and shines a spotlight on the borough as one of the most important examples of the post-war ambition to build a new society. Hot on the heels of our openings of the Balfron Tower and Southbank Centre, the project aims to change the perception of heritage from simply country houses and coastlines, and celebrates the real places in which people live, work and play.

Joining forces with Croydon Council, a series of tours will tell the story of Croydon’s 1960s building boom, its future ambitions, and include behind-the-scenes access to Fairfield Halls, which has played host to the likes of The Beatles, The Who and Morrissey. Visitors will get a unique view of the Halls and exclusive access to its stage, dressing rooms and royal box before it closes for a two-year, restoration-led refurbishment.

Other events as part of the series include a Routemaster tour of Croydon and film screenings of 1960s footage of the town – on top of one of its famed seven multi-story car parks. A National Trust guidebook to the town will also be published.

Often referred to as an ‘Edge City’ – a city-sized development on the outskirts of a city – this project is a riposte to Croydon’s ‘Crap Town’ reputation. Everywhere has its own unique spirit of place, and many Croydonians feel tremendous pride for their town. As it undergoes another wave of regeneration, the National Trust seeks to spark a debate about what is special and cherished about suburban places like Croydon, which are as awash with heritage, green space and beauty as anywhere else.

As John Grindrod, author of the best-­‐selling Concretopia and a Croydonian himself notes, “there are millions of people like me in Britain, who don’t recognise the village green, country cottage or Georgian square as the epitome of our nation, but whose identities have instead been moulded by ‘concrete monstrosities’ or ‘bad planning’ – or rather, the post-­‐war optimism that sought to build a better future.”

Places like Croydon are the ordinary places in which people live, work, and play. The National Trust seeks to reveal how they came about, how they took their current form, what people love about those places, and how we can maintain and develop them for future generations.

What’s on?

Event: Edge City: Croydon – The Tours

Dates: 15th July – 24th July (except 18th & 19th)

Times: Tour times vary

Duration: 90 minutes

Price: £9/7 with valid student ID

Tickets can be booked here

Event: Edge City: Croydon – The Routemaster Tour

Dates: 16th July

Times: 10.30 – 1.00pm / 2.30 – 5.00pm

Duration: Approximately 2.5 hours

Price: £22/18 with valid student ID

Tickets can be booked here

Event: Once upon a time in Croydon

Dates: 22nd July

Times: Screenings start at sunset (around 9pm)

Price: £10/8 with valid student ID

Tickets can be booked here

Release ends.

Release sender: National Trust London.

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