Croydon church fire of 1867

Event review: commemorative concert at Croydon Minster on the 150th anniversary of its devastation by fire

Posted on January 13th, by Liz Sheppard-Jones in Culture. No Comments

A beautiful and remarkable piece of new music commemorates a dramatic event

Photo public domain.

On the freezing, snowy night of 5th January 1867, a defective gas heater in Croydon church (nowadays Croydon minster) caught light. The flames spread rapidly. Then, when the alarm was raised and fire crews rushed to assist, they were unable to get water to their hoses. The supply had been turned off in … Read More »