Category Archives: History

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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Capt Jim’s job keeping the navy afloat in the Seven Years War

MARVELS OF THE MINSTER: In the last of his series on the lost gravestones, DAVID MORGAN tracks down the military record of an 18th-century Croydon resident Hundreds of people walk past the gravestone of Jim Thorp each week. The smooth … Continue reading

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Museum takes dub-step to celebrate London’s reggae roots

The Museum of London has announced that a display – Dub London: Bassline of a City –  which was delayed due to covid-19, will now open on October 2. The free display will celebrate dub reggae music and culture in … Continue reading

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Written in stone: the Cazalet family’s long links with Croydon

MARVELS OF THE MINSTER: An aristocratic family which made its wealth through trading with Russia and India had members who came to live in Waddon at the start of the 19th Century. And the evidence is right under your feet, … Continue reading

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Huguenot family who rose through the church and Empire

MARVELS OF THE MINSTER: In his latest delve into the vaults of local history, DAVID MORGAN unveils a tale that includes a gravestone used as a pavement slab in the churchyard, the Huguenots, the Chapel of St James’ Palace, a … Continue reading

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How Samuel Hemmans helped give Napoleon the Elba…

MARVELS OF THE MINSTER: Many gravestones and memorials were lost when the area around Croydon’s parish church was redesigned in the 1960s to allow the construction of the Roman Way dual carriageway. One such stone commemorated the Hemmans family. DAVID … Continue reading

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Call to remove Churchill mural puts Labour council on spot

Council leader Tony Newman doesn’t tend to enjoy having his judgement called into question, but a councillor-backed petition to remove the image of the wartime leader from the side of a town centre building appears to do just that, as … Continue reading

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Croydon’s biggest slave owner was ancestor of the Queen

It’s not just in Bristol that there are memorials to slave-owners. Even in a Sanderstead churchyard, there can be found links to the slave trade, and to the modern royal family, as STEPHANIE OFFER discovered The hauling down and dunking … Continue reading

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No stone left unturned in search for Samuel Johnson’s grave

MARVELS OF THE MINSTER: In his latest journey through the vaults of Croydon history, DAVID MORGAN looks at the lifetime of an officer in the era of the Duke of Wellington and the Peninsular War When the churchyard of Croydon … Continue reading

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The Bourne Legacy: plaques walk that charts Coulsdon history

A local history society has pulled together a special walk that links a series of sites of interest in and around Coulsdon and Old Coulsdon. The Bourne Society has 23 blue plaques on display around the area, and their walk … Continue reading

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Police investigate ‘heritage crime’ on park’s Victorian dinosaurs

Police are investigating damage to one of the 170-year-old, Grade I-listed dinosaur statues in Crystal Palace Park, believed to have been caused by acts of criminal vandalism, and which has been described as “shameful behaviour”. The Friends of Crystal Palace … Continue reading

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Running club discovers £8,000 hidden treasure in the attic

A rare Art Deco vase that has been languishing forgotten in the attic of one of the country’s leading athletics clubs for decades will go for auction next month when it is expected to raise as much as £8,000. Hayes-based … Continue reading

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Church organist became recording star of the Roaring Twenties

MARVELS OF THE MINSTER: In his latest trawl through the archives, DAVID MORGAN unearths the story of how the organist of what was then known as Croydon Parish Church enjoyed a career as one of the country’s foremost performers F … Continue reading

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READER OFFER: Signed copies of railways history for just £11

In a special offer exclusively for Inside Croydon patrons, we are giving our loyal readers the opportunity to buy a copy of Blood, Iron and Gold – How the Railways Transformed the World for just £8 (plus £3 postage and … Continue reading

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The curate of Croydon best known for his drinking song

In his latest discovery from Croydon Minster, DAVID MORGAN has found in the vaults how one of the parish’s priests became a celebrated poet whose work might still be heard in a popular song of the last century When the … Continue reading

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We’ll meet up again, don’t know where, don’t know when…

Next Friday is probably not going to be quite the celebration of bunting, street parties and Union flags anyone had quite imagined when the usual Mayday bank holiday was shifted to Friday, May 5, to mark the 75th anniversary of … Continue reading

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Ruskin House musicians to take part in online May Day rally

Ruskin House, the home of the Labour movement in Croydon, may be closed for the duration, but that’s not going to stop them taking part in a “virtual” May Day rally on international workers’ day this Friday. With the annual … Continue reading

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Howzat! Geary’s Minster wedding saw Surrey bats raised high

Across the country, cricketers of all standards would normally have been going through their paces, getting their eye in, in their last net before the start of the season. For Surrey CCC, it was to have marked a very special … Continue reading

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From Civil War to rebellion, Croydon’s bishops to the fore

Upon his death in 1604, John Whitgift became the second Archbishop of Canterbury to be buried at Croydon Parish Church. Here, DAVID MORGAN relates how a further four of the most powerful churchmen in England would be laid to rest … Continue reading

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How Elizabeth I’s favourite archbishop became ‘Mr Croydon’

Croydon’s history is intertwined with the Archbishops of Canterbury, with six of them buried at Croydon Minster. Here DAVID MORGAN explains how two of the most powerful men in the country managed to survive the turbulent times of Tudor England … Continue reading

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