Category Archives: History

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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Shirley’s wild garden opens its gates for a royal celebration

Staff at a Croydon care home will be using their historic garden to host a street party picnic. Wilderness Gardens is a seven-acre historic garden situated on Shirley Church Road within MHA Hall Grange, a care home that offers residential … Continue reading

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Five years ago, Labour showed how strong policies can inspire

There is much still to learn from the  2017 election manifesto, For The Many Not The Few, says its lead author, ANDREW FISHER Five years ago this week, we were in the middle of the 2017 General Election campaign – … Continue reading

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Riesco Gallery reopens with all the colours of Kathakali

After a long closure, mostly due to the covid pandemic lockdown, the Riesco Gallery at the Museum of Croydon has reopened with Life Behind The Costume, an exhibition celebrating Kathakali, a form of drama through dance that originated in Kerala, … 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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Vincent Van Gogh illustrated talk, Crystal Palace, Apr 11

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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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Edwardian London illustrated talk, Crystal Palace, Mar 14

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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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Competition: Win a copy of acclaimed Great North Wood book

Inside Croydon is delighted to offer our loyal readers the chance of winning a copy of the critically acclaimed and important new social history, The Wood That Built London, by CJ Schüler. The book, as reviewed here yesterday, is “A … Continue reading

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Storms ahead after Great North Wood fuelled the industrial age

There are reminders all around us of what our ancestors have destroyed, and a new book about the Great North Wood reminds us that it is future generations who will have to deal with its effects. By STEVEN DOWNES Could … 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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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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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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£3m renovation for historic Crystal Palace Subway to go ahead

An ambitious £3million project to restore and re-open one of the last vestiges of the grand Crystal Palace has been given a green light. Bromley Council last week granted planning permission for a restoration project for the Crystal Palace Subway, … 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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Did the ‘South Croydon poisoner’ really get away with murder?

True crime author JEANETTE HENSBY on how a series of six mysterious deaths around a well-off family in the inter-war years drew her to investigate When I was a child, my grandma told me how a friend of hers had … 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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How Coulsdon’s downland oasis is helping to save the planet

NATURE NOTES: The City of London rangers who look after Farthing Downs, Coulsdon Common and other precious green spaces are as hard at work over the bleak midwinter months as the rest of the year, including important projects to unlock … Continue reading

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Permission given to convert listed Battle of Britain base to flats

A near 20-year saga of neglect and decay to the Grade II-listed Officers’ Mess at the former RAF Kenley could be close to a conclusion after Tandridge Council last week granted planning permission for the buildings to be restored and … Continue reading

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