Category Archives: Croydon Minster

New format that offers a way in to cricket for our youngsters

For DAVID MORGAN, his first Hundred cricket match struck a chord I went to a cricket match at The Oval on Thursday. It wasn’t the first time I had been to a game there, but it was the first time … Continue reading

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Canon Harford found sweet music to be good for the souls

MARVELS OF THE MINSTER: A Victorian curate went on to carve a special niche in the use of music, as DAVID MORGAN explains What’s your favourite piece of music? It might be one that you have enjoyed for many years … Continue reading

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How Grand Tour to Italy ended tragically for Croydon artist

MARVELS OF THE MINSTER: Four paintings in the Museum of Croydon’s collection show the town 250 years ago as a rural idyll. They are by a talented watercolourist whose career was marred by politics and professional jealousies, as DAVID MORGAN … Continue reading

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St Paul’s chorister to Croydon organist: Stokes’ life in music

MARVELS OF THE MINSTER: In the early 1800s,  the then Parish Church’s organ required players of the highest musical calibre. DAVID MORGAN’s researches have uncovered the life story of another outstanding figure of that age When John Avery built one … Continue reading

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Use your little corner of Planet Earth to make a big difference

In his small patch of south London, DAVID MORGAN has been doing his bit in the battle to reduce the impact of climate change, and here he offers suggestions about how you can help, too “Every plant counts and too … Continue reading

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Wilkes’s steam-powered history remains shrouded in mystery

MARVELS OF THE MINSTER: Among those buried in the churchyard of what was the Croydon Parish Church is a giant of the Industrial and Agricultural Revolutions that transformed Britain in the late 18th and early 19th Centuries. But as DAVID … Continue reading

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How Benjamin Franklin helped the inventor of the wheel

MARVELS OF THE MINSTER: Further research into the burial records of what was once known as Croydon Parish Church has revealed intriguing connections to Benjamin Franklin, John Adams and Thomas Jefferson. Minster historian DAVID MORGAN takes up the story A … Continue reading

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Addiscombe, the academies and the artistry of the Fieldings

MARVELS OF THE MINSTER: The family connections of some of England’s foremost artists of the early 19th Century have been traced to the churchyard by DAVID MORGAN John Singleton Copley is the famous American-born artist who is buried in Croydon … Continue reading

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Minster bells have been ringing the changes for four centuries

Church bells rang out yesterday to mark the death of the Duke of Edinburgh, and they will surely toll again during the coming week of mourning. Here DAVID MORGAN peals away at the history of a Croydon tradition that goes … Continue reading

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Teacher recalls Merton’s park stars finest hour and a half

Two south London boroughs have managed to produce a profusion of footballing talent, from Neil Sullivan to Callum Hudson-Odoi, from Jason Cundy to Wilfried Zaha. Here, DAVID MORGAN looks back to the days when he was manager of one of … Continue reading

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£200,000 grant gets historic Minster ready for its future

At least there’s one building in Croydon that gets its repairs done in a timely manner. DAVID MORGAN explains the reasons for the scaffolding around the former Parish Church which has a history going back a thousand years If your … Continue reading

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The Miller’s tale of Mendelssohn’s visit and a lifetime of music

Croydon’s Parish Church in the early 19th century attracted some of the finest musical talents of the time, thanks to the role played by one influential parishioner, writes DAVID MORGAN On June 17, 1832, Felix Mendelssohn wrote in his diary: … Continue reading

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Wool, perriwigs and rotten boroughs: the Gorgeous Georgians

MARVELS OF THE MINSTER: Many old memorials for rich, influential families placed in the Parish Church were destroyed by fire 150 years ago. But DAVID MORGAN has managed to track down the story of one of the lost tombs of … Continue reading

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Church story that is full of artists, reformers and educators

By the mid-19th Century, Croydon was growing at such a rate that it needed a new church, specifically for the servants of those who formed the congregation at what we know today as the Minster. DAVID MORGAN charts the history … Continue reading

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Addington’s ancient church has a place in nation’s history

MARVELS OF THE MINSTER: From the Norman Conquest to the Victorian age, Croydon buildings have been important to the Archbishops of Canterbury, as DAVID MORGAN explains Much is made of the fact that Croydon Minster has six Archbishops of Canterbury … Continue reading

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Grand designs: Wake’s daughter and her Yorkshire pile

MARVELS OF THE MINSTER: The last resting place of six Archbishops, what used to be known as Croydon Parish Church was also the burial site of members of the church leaders’ families, as DAVID MORGAN’s latest research has discovered For … Continue reading

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Ecclesiastical family who thrived on prayer, poetry and Croydon

Using Croydon Minster’s archive, DAVID MORGAN researches the family history of John Unwin Esq, and discovers more of the wealth of local history to be found laying at our feet One of the gravestones making up the path on the … Continue reading

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‘The Exercisist’: Minster priest rescues Revel, the porky corgi

A deacon at Croydon Minster who was ordained into the priesthood this week and moved to another parish will be remembered by parishioners and friends for his kindness in taking in a tubby corgi after the dog’s owner died. On … Continue reading

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200-year-old documents reveal story behind the graves

MARVELS OF THE MINSTER: Local historian DAVID MORGAN has discovered some real treasure at the National Archives: three wills from one Croydon family Finding a last will and testament that was written by someone who was living 200 years ago … Continue reading

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Cleric who faced court at time of Pepys, plague and puritans

MARVELS OF THE MINSTER: From the records of the old Parish Church and other accounts, DAVID MORGAN uncovers the history of a Croydon vicar who was hauled up in court at the Old Bailey on charges of kidnapping, was confronted … Continue reading

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How Croydon’s pandemic priests survived the Black Death

MARVELS OF THE MINSTER: Coronavirus is not the first pandemic that priests have had to cope with while ministering to the congregation at Croydon’s Parish Church, which has a history going back a thousand years. By DAVID MORGAN The year … Continue reading

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The double tragedy in war suffered by a wife and mother

WE WILL REMEMBER THEM: Remembrance Sunday is given over for the public to reflect on the sacrifices made by others. Here, from the roll of honour at the Minster, DAVID MORGAN recalls the lives, and deaths, of two generations of … Continue reading

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‘For gallantry’: Croydon hero who died at Passchendaele

WE WILL REMEMBER THEM: On November 11, it will be the centenary of the burial of The Unknown Soldier at Westminster Abbey, an event full of symbolism about the loss of so many during the Great War. At Croydon Minster, … Continue reading

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Locked down borough takes Remembrance services online

An online church service and a scaled-down civic ceremony will be held on Sunday as Croydon remembers those who fought and died in two world wars and conflicts since. Although the country has entered a new coronavirus lockdown, the government … Continue reading

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The brothers in arms who lost their lives at Ypres and Gallipoli

WE WILL REMEMBER THEM: Ahead of Remembrance Sunday, Minster historian DAVID MORGAN has been going through the roll of honour to recall some of the Croydon fallen from World War I One brother fell at Passchendaele, the other was killed … Continue reading

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