Category Archives: History

Carolinas family with links to the days of Croydon’s races

MARVELS OF THE MINSTER: Ascot. Aintree. Addiscombe… DAVID MORGAN delves into the records to discover Croydon’s historic links with the Sport of Kings that stretch back nearly a thousand years The tomb of Christiana Fenwick is one of many that … Continue reading

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Veteran cars are back on the road for 125th run on Nov 7

Hundreds of veteran cars are gearing up for this year’s very special commemorative pilgrimage from capital to coast, via Croydon. Close to 300 pioneering veteran cars dating back to the dawn of motoring have entered this year’s very special staging … Continue reading

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Handel’s bookcase offers Croydon connections down the ages

MARVELS OF THE MINSTER: When one of the most celebrated Vicars of Croydon was promoted to take charge of Westminster Abbey, his good fortune saw him acquire a piece of furniture linked to one of the greatest composers, as DAVID … Continue reading

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Whitgift Centre pop-up museum provides a tribute and legacy

A vacant unit in a shopping centre is the venue for an exhibition which celebrates the history of the Windrush generation. KEN TOWL was impressed by what he found there Deighton flew from Barbados to England in 1961 with the … Continue reading

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How coals from Newcastle helped to buy Croydon Lodge

MARVELS OF THE MINSTER: What connects one of Croydon’s richest and most generous benefactors with a Hornby train set model? DAVID MORGAN has been looking through the arched window to find out The stained glass window to the left of … Continue reading

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Mysteries behind the Lanfranc air crash could finally be solved

Sixty years after the air crash that devastated families from across Croydon, the final investigation documents are due to be released this week. By NEIL BENNETT Many families in south London are hoping that the mystery behind a terrible air … Continue reading

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Three lions in a church, Easttys’ brass plaque’s still gleaming

MARVELS OF THE MINSTER: Tours and talks are resuming next month. Here, DAVID MORGAN sheds some light on church windows that celebrate the lives of one of Croydon’s most prominent Victorian families Three Lions might not have been heard so … 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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Share your thoughts on national Windrush Memorial designs

The government is commissioning a permanent national monument to the Windrush Generation to recognise how they have enriched our nation’s history. The monument will be positioned at Waterloo Station, the point of arrival in London for many, as a permanent … Continue reading

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Public outcry as council off-loads historic Heathfield House

CROYDON IN CRISIS: The future of a long-established ecology charity has been placed under threat, as well as hundreds of school visits conducted annually, by a council plan to lease out a publicly-owned listed building. By our environment correspondent, PAUL … 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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Tributes paid to Croydon’s, and UK’s, first black policewoman

Tributes have been paid this week to Sislin Fay Allen, Britain’s first black woman police officer, who has died, aged 83. Allen had served as a nurse in Croydon’s Queen’s Hospital before joining the Metropolitan Police in 1968. Her first … Continue reading

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Reader offer: 25% off price of historical biography Comrade Sak

An important book on 20th Century political history is available on special offer to Inside Croydon readers. And we have two copies signed by the author to give away as prizes to our loyal subscribers The Labour Party driving away … 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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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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Stanley Halls receives £99,750 grant for High Street arts

South Norwood is one of four London high streets announced today as receiving tens of thousands of pounds in grants from Historic England to help create High Street Heritage Action Zones – or the snazzily abbreviated HSHAZ. Historic England say … 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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Mayor’s relocation plans place City Hall on ‘at risk’ register

The 20th Century Society expresses fears for landmark building and for under-threat social housing at Cressingham Gardens On the eve of the sixth election for the Mayor of London, City Hall, the building which has been the home of the … Continue reading

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Eight walks to encompass Croydon’s boundaries and history

Over the course of lockdown, one intrepid geographer has managed to complete the ‘beating of the bounds’ and discover the fascinating history of our parish and civic boundaries, stretching back to Saxon times. Words, pictures and mapping by Dr BEN … Continue reading

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Grinling Gibbons and saxifrage: hidden secrets of Lloyd Park

CROYDON COMMENTARY: The moving of sites between two Croydon private schools will create a misnomer for the building being used in Lloyd Park, according to ANTHONY MILLS, who provides some history and background to the site The transfer of the … Continue reading

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Crystal Palace Park dinosaur bridge swings into action

The architect-designed swing bridge for dinosaur island in Crystal Palace Park is now fully operational. Paid for out of grants from the Greater London Authority and £70,000 raised through a public crowdfunder, the bridge was designed by architects Tonkin Liu … 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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£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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Wondering wanders: our thought-provoking covid walks

CROYDON COMMENTARY: Getting out and about has taken on added importance during lockdown, and given RICHARD PACITTI cause for thoughts… For me, an unexpected pleasure brought about by the coronavirus restrictions has been the walks I have been taking with … 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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