Croydon Airport

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 »

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 »

Welcome to Croydon’s festival season 2017

Posted on June 15th, by Liz Sheppard-Jones in Culture. 2 comments

Get set to celebrate summer with festivals across the borough

Keep your eye on the weather forecast. A lot depends on it. There’s a long (and let’s hope hot) summer of festivals and open air fun ahead.

Of course, not all the events will be outdoors. And even if it pours, our stiff upper lips will see us through. Not to mention our cagoules.

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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 »

Goodbye London, I’m leaving you… for Croydon

Posted on September 8th, by Jonny Rose in Politics & Society. 4 comments

Jonny Rose encourages the capital’s masses to decamp to Croydon

It’s that time of the year again when those pathetically angsty thirtysomethings that now dominate every London media organisation are faced with the perfect storm of an existential crisis and a demanding editorial calendar.

The result has been a summer of wall-to-wall ‘I’m Leaving London’ screeds as lifestyle bloggers from Mile End to … Read More »

Good vibrations in the Cronx

Posted on July 20th, by Lauren Furey in Culture. 1 Comment

Croydon keeps it real in a city increasingly set apart from the everyday world, says Lauren Furey

London is coming to be viewed as a millionaire playboy’s paradise. Wealthy Russian oligarchs and Saudi princes have flocked to the capital to buy up luxury properties, clubs, restaurants and new housing developments, pricing more and more medium to low income londoners into the suburbs. London’s … 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 »

Croydon Heritage Festival 2015 – it’s time to follow in famous footsteps

Posted on April 15th, by Liz Sheppard-Jones in Culture. No Comments

This year’s Heritage Festival focuses on famous people with local connections. So – just who was in Croydon and when?

Each September, thousands of people take part in Open House London – a chance to get inside buildings that aren’t normally open to the public and learn more about the rich history that we go to work and drink our coffee in. Some buildings are famous and … Read More »