Discover the history and lost industries of Purley Way

The Croydon Natural History and Scientific Society is staging a couple of walks and a visit over the next couple of Sundays.

Croydon Airport c 1920sThis weekend, on March 6, Tom Smith, the council’s former volunteering and learning officer at Wandle Park, will guide a walk around Purley Way’s industries, looking at some of the exciting things produced in this area.

“We will discover the largest brick-built building in Europe, the site of a Hollywood film, giant factories, art deco and the world’s first airport.” Meet at 10.30am outside Airport House, Purley Way.

Later the same day, CNHSS will be touring the Croydon Airport Visitor Centre.
“The magnificent terminal building, opened in 1928, set a new standard for air travel. It was the world’s biggest and most advanced airport at the time.” Meet in the booking hall, Airport House, Purley Way, Croydon, CR0 0XZ, at 2pm.

The following Sunday, March 13, CNHSS’s Botany Walk will be looking at Winter Trees and Local History.

“Another walk on Coulsdon Common through newly created Wood Pasture and alongside hedgerows.”

Led by Richard Dargan, meet at 2pm in the public car park behind the Fox pub. Staged in conjunction with Surrey Wildlife Trust.

For more information on CNHSS, visit its website here.

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