Amy Johnson

Croydon in the ‘roaring ’20s’ remembered

Posted on August 3rd, by Freda Beaven in History. 3 comments

Local girl Freda Beaven grew up in Croydon in the ’20s. In these extracts from her memoir, she remembers life in a very different time…

My grandparents lived in the elegant house known as Laurel Villa, 93 St James’s Road, Croydon. This has now been modernised with little respect for its original character. When I knew it there were front iron railings and a front gate into … Read More »

Heritage Lottery Fund grant unveils secrets of Croydon’s wartime history

Posted on September 25th, by Ian Walker in Culture. 1 Comment

The wartime exploits of Croydon-London airport led to the birth of the aviation industry

Just over one hundred years ago, an airfield was built on the edge of Croydon to defend against German Zeppelin raids during World War One. The Historic Croydon Airport Trust (HCAT) has received a £9200 National Lottery grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to explore that ‘war in the air’ … Read More »

Historic England awards Croydon airport Grade II* listed heritage status

Posted on May 31st, by Ian Walker in Culture. 1 Comment

Exciting progress as Croydon’s centre of aviation and technological heritage raises its profile

On May 5th 2017, Historic England announced that protected listed building status of Croydon historic airport at Airport House, Purley Way, has been upgraded to Grade II*. Grade II* is the second highest statutory listing achievable. It is awarded to only 5.8% of the 400,000 important historic places listed in the … Read More »

Croydonites Festival 2017 review: Amy Johnson, Last Flight Out

Posted on March 30th, by Maddy Duxbury in Culture. 5 comments

A show that’s about so much more than cockpits and carburettors

When I was asked to review Last Flight Out, a one-woman play about Amy Johnson, the first woman to fly from the UK to Australia, I wasn’t too sure that I’d enjoy it. I didn’t think that a play about the flying career of a historical figure that I’d (shamefully) never heard of would be of … Read More »

Amy Johnson, Croydon and me

Posted on January 31st, by Jenny Lockyer in Culture. 3 comments

Writer and actor Jenny Lockyer on how Croydon’s pioneering pilot inspired her new show

Right now, I’m creating a piece of theatre inspired by the aviator Amy Johnson. It’s called ‘Amy Johnson: Last Flight Out’. It presents parts of her life but also looks at how she thought about things. Amy’s linked closely to Croydon; it was from Croydon airport (then of course, London’s only airport) that … Read More »

85 years on, Amy Johnson’s record-breaking flight from Croydon to Sydney is commemorated

Posted on May 6th, by CronxWire in CronxWire. No Comments

It’s 85 years since Amy Johnson set out to fly solo from Croydon Airport to Sydney, Australia. To mark the anniversary, Croydon Airport is recreating it in a series of tweets over the twenty days of this epic journey.

Release begins: Yesterday, May 5th, marked the 85th anniversary of Amy Johnson’s historic solo flight to Australia. Amy Johnson set off from Croydon Airport on a journey that would see … Read More »