Addiscombe Road disappears from East Croydon

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One of the first sights upon leaving the gateway to Croydon that is East Croydon Station was the lovely, historic old metal street signs on the railway bridge, one pointing right to George Street, the other directing to Addiscombe Road.

But as this photograph shows, the Addiscombe Road sign has disappeared. Note the sheered bolts on the wall.

Another metal theft?


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2 Responses to Addiscombe Road disappears from East Croydon

  1. vakart says:

    Metal theft or “collectors”. I’ve seen instances where people steal these for planting in their gardens or pinning on their sheds. You also see these old name plates turn up on ebay from time to time too.

  2. Sadly, I’ve just spotted another example of this. Thieves (I wont call them collectors this time) have stolen the bronze plaque that marked the boundary of the Shirley Oaks Estate and Orphanage dating from the 1903.

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