Category Archives: David Morgan

Proms composer Demuth’s music is overdue an encore

SUNDAY SUPPLEMENT: A Croydon-born composer whose works have been forgotten deserves a revival, writes DAVID MORGAN The BBC Proms begins next month. Eighty years ago, in the war-torn summer of 1942, among the varied concerts performed at the Royal Albert … Continue reading

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The long lost work of a master craftsman with the Nelson touch

SUNDAY SUPPLEMENT: Fine stone memorials, of the calibre of those that take pride of place in St Paul’s, were among the losses of Croydon Minster’s great fire. DAVID MORGAN has tracked down the history of one such destroyed monument The … Continue reading

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Capturing every step of non-league Dorking’s meteoric rise

SATURDAY SUPPLEMENT: A former Croydon school teacher has been ever-present in the relentless rise through the divisions of a Surrey non-league club. DAVID MORGAN interviews football photographer Steve O’Sullivan, who took the pictures… Whatever the dramas involving the super-rich footballers … Continue reading

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The bitter 18th Century court battle over a pew with a view

SUNDAY SUPPLEMENT: A dispute over where families sat in church was a courtroom cause célèbre in the 1830s, as DAVID MORGAN has discovered Whether you are looking to buy or rent, you will be keen to check out the special … Continue reading

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Energetic Bishop’s first move is to guide the community

DAVID MORGAN on the appointment as Bishop of Croydon of a woman already very familiar with the borough’s many social challenges, and a professed loyal reader of Inside Croydon… A neighbour passed me as I went in my front gate … Continue reading

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This mayor in the Minster earned his impressive memorials

SUNDAY SUPPLEMENT: In the week of Croydon’s first Mayoral elections, DAVID MORGAN has delved into the Minster archives to find records of the Lord Mayor of London buried there nearly 350 years ago High office, and where someone was buried, … Continue reading

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Restoration royal connections of Minster’s marble mausoleum

SUNDAY SUPPLEMENT: A reigning monarch, a National Trust property, Horatio Nelson, a Westminster Abbey wedding and an Archbishop of Canterbury all get a mention in DAVID MORGAN’s latest dispatch from the archives of Croydon Minster When Croydon Parish Church was … Continue reading

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Victorian doctor’s Australian journey that ended tragically

SUNDAY SUPPLEMENT: Memorials placed in Croydon Minster are often just the beginnings of DAVID MORGAN’s historical research Visitors to Croydon Minster often comment on the number of brass memorials on the walls. Some ask whether the people remembered on them … Continue reading

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Barrister and benefactor who helped educate thousands

SUNDAY SUPPLEMENT: There are many lost tombs and graves at Croydon Minster, where the records reveal fascinating insights into the people buried there, as DAVID MORGAN has discovered The tomb of Archbishop Whitgift and the framed remains of the memorial … Continue reading

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How Clara Russell was the Parish Church’s musical pioneer

SUNDAY SUPPLEMENT: It is International Women’s Day this Tuesday, and DAVID MORGAN (right) has discovered a remarkable piece of archive evidence that shows a groundbreaking female achievement at Croydon Minster 170 years ago In James Hamilton’s books on church organs, … Continue reading

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Croydon vicar who saw service with Carshalton’s army cadets

SUNDAY SUPPLEMENT: The area’s history is rich in connections with military academies, and as DAVID MORGAN discovered, clergy with second jobs There have been many examples down through the years of vicars and curates from Croydon Minster having a second … Continue reading

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Lost at sea: the selfless sacrifice of a young Croydon life-saver

SUNDAY SUPPLEMENT: Many of the fixtures and memorials in Croydon Minster often get overlooked. One, once seen, is rarely forgotten. Here, DAVID MORGAN charts the tragic story of John Cambridge Just inside the entrance to Croydon Minster, on the west … Continue reading

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Free lunchtime concerts put back music in heart of Croydon

Our arts correspondent, BELLA BARTOCK, has not been so excited since she had tickets to the opening of the Fairfield Halls. The first opening, that is… But now the Minster lunchtime recitals are back I called my old school friend, … Continue reading

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Minster’s cricketing cleric had a decent innings at the crease

SUNDAY SUPPLEMENT: The publication of the 2022 season’s fixture list might help distract English cricket supporters from the uncomfortable memories of the latest Ashes defeats. DAVID MORGAN has found some solace in happier cricketing memories from the Croydon Minster archives … Continue reading

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Last orders for Bishop who stood up for Croydon’s refugees

SUNDAY SUPPLEMENT: After 10 years, Jonathan Clark is hanging up his mitre as Bishop of Croydon and swapping the Cronx for the Falklands. EXCLUSIVE interview by DAVID MORGAN “I can say with certainty,” says Jonathan Clark in the thoughtful manner … Continue reading

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The strange case of the church organist and his ‘ferocious’ dog

SUNDAY SUPPLEMENT: Controversy surrounded Croydon Parish Church’s professional musician 160 years ago when he got the wrong side of the law, writes DAVID MORGAN Usually, the organists of the Croydon Parish Church appeared in the local press in regard to … Continue reading

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American refugees given a welcome in 18th century Croydon

SUNDAY SUPPLEMENT: Using contemporary records from the Governor of Massachusetts at the beginning of the American War of Independence, DAVID MORGAN has pieced together what might have passed during a visit to old friends in Croydon There was an emotional … Continue reading

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The Danish queen’s favours could not save this family at war

MARVELS OF THE MINSTER: Croydon’s connections with the monarchy go long and deep, and as DAVID MORGAN outlines here, not always well Two short entries in the burial register of Croydon Parish Church from the middle of the 17th century … Continue reading

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Rich Addiscombe family’s memorials lost to thieves and fire

MARVELS OF THE MINSTER: Much has been lost from the church’s medieval past, but DAVID MORGAN finds some records of one wealthy family’s tombs “Good morning everyone and welcome to this tour of Croydon Minster. We are going to start … Continue reading

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Minster’s musical marvel prepares for his final Croydon chorus

DAVID MORGAN pays tribute and bids farewell to an influential figure There are only a few more days left before Dr Ronny Krippner’s term as Musical Director at Croydon Minster comes to an end. His final service is on Christmas … Continue reading

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Monster of a show helps to bring local AmDram back to life

These are troubling times for many, with some of the small, community organisations which form the fabric of local society struggling after going two years without being able to function ‘as normal’. DAVID MORGAN donned his mask (anti-covid, rather than … Continue reading

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On Croydon’s Tudor trail to track down the court of Henry VIII

MARVELS OF THE MINSTER: The lost brasses of what used to be known as the Croydon Parish Church provided rich accounts of the town’s important role in English history, writes DAVID MORGAN Entrepreneurs really have missed a trick in Croydon. … Continue reading

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Brassed off: following the trail of church’s long-lost memorials

MARVELS OF THE MINSTER: Local historian DAVID MORGAN has got his Brasso out and has polished up some traces of Croydon’s fashionable medieval, Tudor and Stuart past Croydon Minster is, of course, a House of Prayer. Less well-known is that … Continue reading

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Tragedy continued to stalk Polhill family even after the war

WE WILL REMEMBER THEM: The Polhill family is listed twice on the Croydon Minster Roll of Honour of those who died in the 1914-1918 war. But as DAVID MORGAN’s researches have uncovered, even one of the sons who survived that … Continue reading

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Brothers in arms: Polhill family’s second sad wartime sacrifice

WE WILL REMEMBER THEM: What is often chilling about the Roll of Honour at Croydon Minster is how the same family name recurs. In the second instalment of this latest research, DAVID MORGAN tells of the loss of a second … Continue reading

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