Category Archives: Croydon Airport

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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Video: See how Croydon led the world in developing air travel

This week marks the centenary of the first air traffic control system, which was developed at Croydon Airport. Volunteers from the Historic Croydon Airport Trust offers guided tours around the remaining buildings – and the world’s first air traffic control … Continue reading

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Croydon Airport celebrates centenary of pioneer control tower

February 25, 1920: The world’s first air traffic control tower was commissioned by the government 100 years ago today, in a move that helped usher in the age of mass air travel. The tower was built at Croydon Airport, then … Continue reading

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Brick by Brick to open its doors for Open House weekend

Croydon’s Council Tax-payers will get the chance to see how loss-making Brick by Brick has managed to piss away at least £1million on new office furniture and a real estate sales showroom this weekend. The Brick by Brick shop and … Continue reading

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Kenley Revival sees Spitfire flying into David Lean Cinema

Over the past 80 years, the sound of a Merlin engine, humming above Croydon and the rest southern England, has become a reassuring fixture of the summer. In more recent, more benign times, thanking that well-engineered purring sound, and the … Continue reading

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Croydon Airport open days, first Sunday of every month

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Council remembers to publicise civic Remembrance service

Croydon Council’s press office, having forgotten to include any reference to this weekend’s Remembrance Sunday ceremonies in its autumn edition of the quarterly, Council Tax-payer-funded Your Croydon magazine, managed to put out a press release detailing the civic arrangements for … Continue reading

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Reader with windmills on his mind wins our tourist prize

Inside Croydon loyal reader Tony Skrzypczyk will be able to lead his guided tours around Shirley Windmill through the rest of this summer proudly wearing a South Norwood Tourist Board T-shirt, as the winner of our latest competition. There were … Continue reading

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Step back in time with an historic Zeppelin walk, Mar 28

Retrace some of the route of the terrifying bombing raid of October 13-14 1915 with Ian Walker, the chair of the Historic Croydon Airport Trust, with a guided Attack of the Zeppelins walk this Wednesday, March 28. Find out about … Continue reading

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Kenley Revival celebrates brave women heroes of WWII

Throughout March, to help mark this week’s International Women’s Day, the Lottery-funded Kenley Revival team is focusing on the significant and essential roles women had during World War II. The project will be hosting a few different activity days, school … Continue reading

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Kempster’s historic airport mural flies in to Croydon

An important piece of historic artwork is going on public display at the Historic Croydon Airport Open Days in 2018. The artwork, called “The History of Aviation”, is a giant mural, 26 feet long, painted by one of the major … Continue reading

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Croydon Airport to stage wreath-laying at Purley crash site

The Historic Croydon Airport Trust will be staging a solemn commemoration in Purley on Christmas Eve, marking the 93rd anniversary of Britain’s first air disaster. The accident happened on December 24, 1924, when an Imperial Airways de Havilland DH.34, operating … Continue reading

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Croydon Airport wins on the Lottery for Zeppelin war project

The Historic Croydon Airport Trust has announced that it has received a National Lottery grant of £9,200 for its “Fighting for Air: The First World War Origins of Croydon Airport” project. With the money from the Heritage Lottery Fund, the … Continue reading

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Croydon Airport gets an upgrade to help preserve its history

“Getting an upgrade” is the Holy Grail for many airline passengers in the 21st Century, a stroke of good fortune which can transform a long and sometimes uncomfortable flight into an experience to be enjoyed. But now an entire airport … Continue reading

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Croydon Airport open day and collectors’ fair, Jan 8

Historic Croydon Airport is staging an open day and airline and aviation collectors’ fair at the Aerodrome Hotel on Sunday, January 8, from 10.30am to 3.30pm. The collectors’ fair promises some 45 stalls. “Come and bag yourself some aviation memorabilia … Continue reading

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Croydon Airport project nears take-off with Heritage grant

Croydon Airport Society has received a £10,000 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund for its “Revealing the Hidden Heritage of Croydon Airport”. The cash will allow it to recruit and train volunteers to meet growing demand at the Croydon Airport … Continue reading

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Get the keys to Fisher’s Folly and No 10 with Open House

Croydon, quite rightly, is taking its place alongside the majority of the capital’s boroughs, throwing open the doors of a number of public buildings for Open House London weekend on September 20-21, a free event which enables people to take … Continue reading

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Spitfire and two Lancaster bombers in Kenley fly-past, Aug 17

AUG 17 UPDATE: The fly-past today has been cancelled due to adverse weather conditions. Further information from the Kenley Airfield friends group website here One not to miss this coming Sunday, August 17, at Kenley airfield. There will be an … Continue reading

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Free film show tonight showing development of Croydon

There is a rare opportunity to see Croydon During the 20th Century in Films at 7.30pm tonight at the Fairfield Halls. Admission is free. Croydon’s development between 1910 and the 1960s will be shown in a collection of short silent … Continue reading

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