Croydon Minster


The original Croydon Peace Festival: the town’s ‘peace weeks’ in 1930 and 1934

Posted on August 29th, by Sean Creighton in History. No Comments

How Croydon promoted the cause of peace in the ’30s

Annual peace weeks were run in the 1920s in Croydon every June. The 1930 week was held between 15th and 22nd June. The mayor acted as president, the chairman was Reverend H. J. Powell, the secretary E. C. Schaefer (who lived at 8 The Waldrons), and the Treasurer H.H. Castle (who lived at 15 Chepstow Road). The … Read More »



Ringing the bells of Croydon Minster

Posted on May 10th, by Liz Sheppard-Jones in Culture. 1 Comment

There’s joy in being part of this wonderful sound as it rolls out over Croydon

On the evening of Tuesday 17th April I was invited to join Croydon Minster‘s bellringers for their regular weekly practice. I was extra-delighted to accept. I still miss the sound of the minster’s bells, for from 1999 to 2011 I lived within earshot. Weary and uncharmed by anything that we’d seen after quite … Read More »



Did Mendelssohn play the organ at Croydon Minster?

Posted on February 16th, by David Morgan in History. 4 comments

Did the famous composer really play in Croydon? Let’s try to solve a musical mystery

The Croydon Times in January 1867 was clear. Croydon’s historic parish church (nowadays Croydon Minster) had just been devastated by fire, and its celebrated organ, built by John Avery, totally destroyed. “Maestro Mendelssohn played upon it and pronounced it a most excellent instrument”, the paper sorrowfully declared. We do not know the exact evidence upon … Read More »



What the season of Advent can offer Croydon

Posted on December 8th, by Liz Sheppard-Jones in Culture. 4 comments

Our community has much to gain from this beautiful and haunting tradition

When I was a child, the sound of the Christmas carol ‘Once In Royal David’s City’ sung by a solo chorister in a candlelit church made the hairs on my arms stand on end. Down at Croydon Minster each December, it still does. But that wasn’t what happened on Sunday 3rd December, when I attended … Read More »



How Croydon raised £250,000 to restore the minster’s historic organ

Posted on October 19th, by Pamela Hall in Culture. No Comments

Fantastic community fundraising allows vital restoration work to begin

Over the past two years, several articles have appeared in the Croydon Citizen, extolling the virtues of Croydon’s heritage church and hidden jewel, Croydon Minster, and in particular the activities that have taken place to raise funds to restore the fine manual William Hill organ. Facebook and Twitter aficionados will now have seen the recent jubilant posts and … Read More »



The challenges facing Croydon’s interfaith initiatives

Posted on September 5th, by Liz Sheppard-Jones in Politics & Society. 8 comments

Bringing Croydon’s faith groups together will require risk-taking and imagination

Croydon’s Council’s supplementary planning document, ‘Places of Worship‘, takes seven pages to list 187 such places. If you’re reading this article, it’s unlikely that you’ve visited more than one. That’s because our town is divided by faith.

The process begins with our children. Faith-based selection creates classroom populations across the borough which are quite unrepresentative of … Read More »



Event review: Croydon Bach Choir presents Homo Sum at its summer concert

Posted on July 14th, by Katie Rose in Culture. 1 Comment

The highlight of Croydon Bach Choir’s summer concert was a remarkable new work with a unifying vision by Mark David Boden

On the warm and sunny evening of Saturday 1st July, many of us gathered at Croydon Minster to hear the Croydon Bach Choir present the final concert of its 2016-17 season, featuring the premiere of Mark David Boden’s work Homo Sum alongside opera choruses and arias and … Read More »



Festival review: Croydon Minster Flower Festival, Saturday 17th June

Posted on June 29th, by Liz Sheppard-Jones in Culture. No Comments

A font-full of hot pinks and oranges – and more besides

Croydon is named after a flower, crocus sativus, the vivid purple bloom from which the spice saffron is harvested. The meaning of ‘Croh-Denu’, the town’s Saxon name, is ‘valley of the crocus’, and the flowers were grown here by the Romans thousands of years ago. So where better to hold a flower festival? On Saturday 17th June, … Read More »



The Wandle pollution scandal isn’t going away

Posted on May 16th, by Peter Ball in Politics & Society. 1 Comment

Now there’s sewage in the River Wandle

I recently wrote an article in the Citizen highlighting the issue of visible pollution in the River Wandle in Croydon. Since then I have carried out further investigations. What I have discovered is troubling.

After becoming aware of pollution in January 2017, I have walked the length of the river within Wandle Park almost every day. There has not been a … Read More »



Event review: Lent lunchtime concert at Croydon minster, Friday 7th April

Posted on April 28th, by Liz Sheppard-Jones in Culture. No Comments

A slice of transcendent beauty in your lunch hour

A series of Lent lunchtime concerts at Croydon Minster began on Friday 3rd March, and this was the last of them. With a running time of just forty minutes, each was designed to be fitted into a lunch hour (to which end the minster website even invited attendees to bring sandwiches). Slipping a slice of transcendent beauty into … Read More »