Full steam ahead: The things you see in Croydon (part 94)

This old steam roller was making its way through Purley yesterday

Thanks to our loyal reader for this photograph, of a steam roller on its way through Purley yesterday morning.

“I had just crossed the Godstone Road in Purley at about 11.40 when I saw this coming up to the zebra crossing,” they noted.

It’s not known whether the steam roller, chuffing along through clouds of its own steam, was on a special mission. Perhaps it had been ordered by Brick by Brick to help speed up their slow-progress projects at Fairfield Halls, or the New Addington leisure centre?

“It’s probably still in the borough as it was only going at walking pace,” our loyal reader suggested.

We’ve all seen the woman talking her pet Macaw for a walk in central Croydon, East Croydon Station is often good to spot a special steam train on an expensive excursion, and of course there was the Goat Man of Croydon (whatever became of him, and his goats?). But what’s the weirdest or most wonderful, head-turning thing you’ve spotted on your travels around the borough lately?

Photographic evidence essential, obviously…


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