Category Archives: History

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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Hard labour: the Croydon Mayor, dodgy deals and bankruptcy

Town Hall reporter KEN LEE on a tale from Katharine Street’s history which resonates strongly today New Year may be a time for looking forward, but it can also be most useful for taking a backward glance, perhaps to learn … 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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Friends group raises jaw-dropping amount for dinosaur repair

The Friends of Crystal Palace Dinosaurs (yes, it’s a thing) have been successful in raising almost £25,000 towards the cost of restoring one of Crystal Palace Park’s Grade I-listed dinosaur models. The Megalosaurus sculpture is about 170 years old and … 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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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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The tale of a Croydon private’s life, and death, on the Somme

WE WILL REMEMBER THEM: The names on the roll of honour at Croydon Minster provide a glimpse into the lives, and deaths, of Croydon men killed in the Great War. As we approach Remembrance Day, DAVID MORGAN has been finding … Continue reading

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How ‘chums’ and Contemptibles set standards at the Minster

Over the coming days, as we head into November and towards  Remembrance Sunday, DAVID MORGAN will be relating some of the stories of the fallen who are commemorated at Croydon Minster In the “old days” – which is now any … Continue reading

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Cane Hill Park unveils sundial artwork to honour its history

Residents of Cane Hill Park have been enjoying a new public artwork, which pays homage to the history of Cane Hill Hospital. Croydon-based Artist Holly Graham has created a sundial artwork entitled While The Piled Cumuli Sail Galleon-Like Above – … Continue reading

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Cry God for Chichele, the patron who prayed for Agincourt

DAVID MORGAN explores how Henry V’s Archbishop came to lend his name to a street in Croydon Residents of Chichele Gardens, part of the Park Hill estate in Croydon, might be in for a surprise when they discover the story … Continue reading

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Covid restrictions force RAC to cancel Veteran Car Run

The London to Brighton Veteran Car Run has been cancelled due to coronavirus. It is the first time that the rally has had to be cancelled since World War II. The rally, which features around 300 museum-piece vehicles, most of … Continue reading

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10 tips to help you and others on World Mental Health Day

Tomorrow is World Mental Health Day. Here, ROWENNA DAVIS (left) outlines some of the things which all of us can do to help others, and to help ourselves We need World Mental Health Day more than ever this year. According … Continue reading

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Howley’s long and winding road for final journey to Addington

DAVID MORGAN’s research into Croydon street names finds that Queen Victoria’s first Archbishop of Canterbury was fondly remembered Howley Road is the road where the Tudor Arch stands at the far end of the church grounds of Croydon Minster. It … Continue reading

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Special offer: Win a signed copy of new book Britain 1940

Inside Croydon, in conjunction with publishers Pen and Sword Books and award-winning author Anton Rippon, are delighted to be able to offer two copies of his latest book in an exclusive competition for this website’s subscribers. And all readers can … Continue reading

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Britain 1940: The day that bombs rained down on Croydon

ANTON RIPPON, the author of a new book published to mark the 80th anniversary of the Blitz, explains how deadly bombs dropped on Croydon provided the ‘realisation that the war had finally come to London’ They called it the Phoney … Continue reading

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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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Hawthorn Crescent green is rejected for ACV status by council

Eighty years on from the Battle of Britain, and now Brick by Brick wants to demolish a WWII air-raid shelter as it concretes over Croydon Brick by Brick is pressing on with its self-imposed mission to concrete over as much … Continue reading

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Remains of Brunel’s Crystal Palace tower granted listed status

The base and foundations of a water tower at Crystal Palace, the last remnants of one of the final engineering projects undertaken by Isambard Kingdom Brunel, have been given listed status by Historic England because of their importance to the … 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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