Review: A Journey through Brutalism – the guided walk

Posted on March 20th, by Steve Thompson in Culture. 1 Comment

A great opportunity to see our town through new eyes, thanks to RISE Gallery

Organised by RISE Gallery, St George’s Walk, this fascinating tour complements the current Brutalist exhibition at the gallery.

The tour was led by the ebullient Kevin Zuchowski-Morrison, owner of RISE Gallery, who gave interesting insights into Croydon buildings which most of us are familiar with, but probably know little more about them.

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Come out of the closet, Croydon!

Posted on October 26th, by Bartholomew Konechni in Culture. No Comments

Time to stop hiding from our Croydon roots and embrace the modernism and hope that comes with our town

In 2016, Croydon is one of the unhappiest places to live in the UK, according to a Rightmove survey. To me it’s obvious that the central cause of this result is that Croydon hasn’t learnt to live with itself yet. It’s failed to come out of the closet … Read More »

Print archive: September 2016 – Edgy City

Posted on October 4th, by The Croydon Citizen in Not featured, Politics & Society. No Comments

Croydon’s rich architectural history was celebrated by tours organised by the National Trust, sparking discussion of our town’s heritage and future

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Croydon: Let’s paint the town red. And blue. And green.

Posted on April 24th, by Jonny Rose in Politics & Society. 5 comments

After recently taking on Croydon’s miserablists, Jonny Rose wonders if a makeover could help

Our environment affects our mood

Since the earliest times, humans have needed to be sensitive to their surroundings to survive.

Fast forward to modern times and we continue to retain that innate awareness: instinctively seeking out environments with certain qualities or to achieve certain aims.

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Print Archive: June 2014 News Magazine – Who do we think we are?

Posted on July 14th, by The Croydon Citizen in Site News. Comments Off

Ahead of the Croydon Heritage Festival, the Citizen examines what Croydon’s past means for its future

It remains a massive surprise to many that Croydon’s history is both rich and varied. For those that know even a little of it, it is no surprise at all.

Far from being the new town it is often mistaken for, Croydon is a place whose story touches every … Read More »

Our modern heritage: why Croydon’s concrete architecture should be admired

Posted on June 11th, by Tom Lickley in Politics & Society. 1 Comment

As Croydon’s Heritage Festival approaches, Tom Lickley looks at a different kind of historic building – those made from concrete. How can our soaring modernist towers contribute to the town’s future?

“To banish imperfection is to destroy expression, to check exertion, to paralyze vitality.”

“Remember that the most beautiful things in the world are the most useless.”

“When we build, let us think … Read More »

Croydon’s concrete – it’s in the mix: The Hauntology of Croydon exhibition at the Parfitt Gallery

Posted on May 7th, by Tom Winter in Culture. No Comments

Tom Winter takes a fresh and surprising look at Croydon’s notorious urban fabric but finds himself sadly unable to stroke the exhibits

Having never been to the Parfitt Gallery at Croydon College before, I walked through the front entrance on Park Lane and found myself in a student hairdressing salon – a harsh architectural reminder that no matter how grand and symmetrically-centred a front entrance … Read More »

21 London Road, part 1: In the beginning

Posted on July 5th, by Kake in History. 3 comments

Kake’s tour of London Road takes on the architectural puzzle of number 21.

Usually in these articles I cover a single building from construction to the present day. However, in my investigation of 21 London Road, I found out so much information that I’m splitting it into two parts. Here, I’ll discuss issues around the construction of the building, and next time I’ll describe its inhabitants over the years.

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10a London Road: Davis of Croydon and N Tapper Shoe Repairs

Posted on March 15th, by Kake in History. 5 comments

Kake’s tour of London Road nips around the side of Greggs to take in the two small properties both numbered 10a.

Alongside the Greggs branch at West Croydon Station, just around the corner from London Road, a couple of small kiosks sit firmly attached to the concrete side wall of the building.

Davis of Croydon Car Hire and N Tapper Shoe Repairs, March 2013.

The first definite evidence of kiosks on … Read More »

1 London Road: The Old Fox & Hounds

Posted on November 23rd, by Kake in History. 8 comments

Kake’s 30-year tour of London Road begins with a drink at the Old Fox & Hounds pub

The Old Fox & Hounds stands on a corner site at the very southern end of London Road, just across the street from West Croydon station. With an exterior little changed from Victorian days, it’s yet another piece of history still visible in today’s Croydon.

The Old Fox & Hounds today.

The pub has … Read More »