Category Archives: Church and religions

Archbishop family’s affairs that startled Victorian England

What’s the significance of the name of the street where you live? In his latest researches, DAVID MORGAN has discovered one road which reflects the life of an archbishop, ‘the cleverest woman in Europe’, and their remarkable family The residents … Continue reading

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Check out your street’s name for its historic connections

Croydon Minster historian, DAVID MORGAN, discovers that many of the borough’s road names have important links with the place’s history, some going all the way back to a knight of the Elizabethan age Heron Road, CR0 6TW to give it … Continue reading

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Croydon’s rich history revealed in Minster’s Open House

Croydon Minster will be part of this year’s Open House London event on September 19, with two events planned. David Morgan, a regular Inside Croydon contributor, will be leading an outdoor walking tour of the Minster’s lost gravestones at 11.30am. … Continue reading

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Capt Jim’s job keeping the navy afloat in the Seven Years War

MARVELS OF THE MINSTER: In the last of his series on the lost gravestones, DAVID MORGAN tracks down the military record of an 18th-century Croydon resident Hundreds of people walk past the gravestone of Jim Thorp each week. The smooth … Continue reading

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240 Virgo Fidelis pupils sent away due to unsafe buildings

Old and poorly maintained school buildings could hasten the closure of what was once a proud Catholic girls’ school. By our education correspondent, GENE BRODIE A landmark Victorian school building in Upper Norwood is “not currently safe for pupils and … Continue reading

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Written in stone: the Cazalet family’s long links with Croydon

MARVELS OF THE MINSTER: An aristocratic family which made its wealth through trading with Russia and India had members who came to live in Waddon at the start of the 19th Century. And the evidence is right under your feet, … Continue reading

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Huguenot family who rose through the church and Empire

MARVELS OF THE MINSTER: In his latest delve into the vaults of local history, DAVID MORGAN unveils a tale that includes a gravestone used as a pavement slab in the churchyard, the Huguenots, the Chapel of St James’ Palace, a … Continue reading

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Volunteers in Selsdon shift their work from food to support

As – for better or for worse – the government eases coronavirus lockdown conditions, so some of the mutual aid groups and food banks which sprang up around the borough three months ago are now being wound up. Age UK … Continue reading

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Minster embraces Zoom and YouTube in response to covid

Croydon’s 1,000-year-old parish church has embraced 21st Century digital technology during the coronavirus lockdown to share worship and provide support for its congregation,  writes DAVID MORGAN Rev Dr Andrew Bishop, the priest in charge of Croydon Minster, knows how rapidly … Continue reading

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How Samuel Hemmans helped give Napoleon the Elba…

MARVELS OF THE MINSTER: Many gravestones and memorials were lost when the area around Croydon’s parish church was redesigned in the 1960s to allow the construction of the Roman Way dual carriageway. One such stone commemorated the Hemmans family. DAVID … Continue reading

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UnFairbnb: Council has nothing to show for £200,000 spend

EXCLUSIVE: Our Town Hall reporter, KEN LEE, provides a reminder of another significant amount of council cash that was poorly spent – but helped line the pockets of ‘friends and family’ of the Town Hall’s Labour leadership Do you remember … Continue reading

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No stone left unturned in search for Samuel Johnson’s grave

MARVELS OF THE MINSTER: In his latest journey through the vaults of Croydon history, DAVID MORGAN looks at the lifetime of an officer in the era of the Duke of Wellington and the Peninsular War When the churchyard of Croydon … Continue reading

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One arrest after six SPAC Nation houses raided by police

Police yesterday made their first arrest over serious allegations of fraud made against some leading members of the SPAC Nation evangelical church – “the Church of Bling” – as was first reported by Inside Croydon last year. The arrest of … Continue reading

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How to celebrate Eid 2020 during coronavirus lockdown

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Church organist became recording star of the Roaring Twenties

MARVELS OF THE MINSTER: In his latest trawl through the archives, DAVID MORGAN unearths the story of how the organist of what was then known as Croydon Parish Church enjoyed a career as one of the country’s foremost performers F … Continue reading

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All hail to the ale! Raise your Toby jug to celebrate VE Day

  The ingeniousness of Inside Croydon readers knows no ends. First, David Morgan digs out the story behind a prolific 18th-century poet and lyricist, Francis Fawkes. Fawkes happened to be the curate of Croydon parish church – known these days … Continue reading

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Covid-19 Mutual Aid group put our ‘unsung heroes’ on the map

The borough’s mutual aid organisation that was set-up at the start of the coronavirus emergency, has now produced an updated map of food banks and soup kitchens which they hope will help “the unsung heroes of this crisis” – the … Continue reading

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Addiscombe covid-19 Mutual Aid collections at St Mildred’s

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The curate of Croydon best known for his drinking song

In his latest discovery from Croydon Minster, DAVID MORGAN has found in the vaults how one of the parish’s priests became a celebrated poet whose work might still be heard in a popular song of the last century When the … Continue reading

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Wednesday night is Quiz Night for Selsdon’s band of volunteers

Wednesday nights have become Quiz Nights, at least virtually for the volunteers working through the coronavirus emergency at the Selsdon Food Hub. The area’s churches, businesses and voluntary sector groups who have come together to help lonely and isolated residents, … Continue reading

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MP backs Bishop’s call for covid testing closer to Croydon

Jonathan Clark, the Bishop of Croydon, has added his voice to calls for more, and more easily accessible, coronavirus testing centres for people living and working in Croydon. The Bishop has called for a testing centre to be set up … Continue reading

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Fire Brigade provides a different kind of emergency service

The Fire Brigade, a local secondary school and Selsdon community groups worked together to cook and deliver 160 meals to vulnerable residents last Friday. The catering staff at Croydon High opened up their kitchens during the school’s Easter holiday to … Continue reading

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‘The council has been marvellous’ says Food Stop pastor

Croydon’s fourth Food Stop has opened in Purley, offering significant discounts on food bills for local families in need as part of the borough-wide welfare response to covid-19. Families can save up to £700 a year off household bills at … Continue reading

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Howzat! Geary’s Minster wedding saw Surrey bats raised high

Across the country, cricketers of all standards would normally have been going through their paces, getting their eye in, in their last net before the start of the season. For Surrey CCC, it was to have marked a very special … Continue reading

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Volunteers in Selsdon deliver 280 food parcels in two weeks

Charity and church workers in the south of the borough have been brought close to tears by the daily acts of generosity from the community in the midst of the coronavirus crisis In Selsdon, a group of local charities, churches, … Continue reading

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