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Hotel’s £4.7m refurb celebrates Croydon Airport centenary

Croydon’s Hilton Hotel, off the Purley Way, has just placed the finishing touches on a £4.7million transformation project which includes the redesign and comprehensive refurbishment of 168 guest rooms, including bathrooms, fixtures and fittings, bar and lobby area. The Hilton … 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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Croydon Airport open days, first Sunday of every month

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Unexploded WWII bomb disrupts Croydon business awards

The annual festival of back-slapping, the Croydon Business Awards, came close to being cancelled last night. With the awards due to be held in the Grand Sapphire Hotel, off the Purley Way, organisers and guests were evacuated just two hours … 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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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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Digital radio station in crisis as it declares itself homeless again

Croydon Radio’s “live programming” is set to go off-air for the second time in six months. The community-run digital station was forced out of its original studios off Surrey Street by a 150 per cent hike in rents by landlords … 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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Discover the history and lost industries of Purley Way

The Croydon Natural History and Scientific Society is staging a couple of walks and a visit over the next couple of Sundays. This weekend, on March 6, Tom Smith, the council’s former volunteering and learning officer at Wandle Park, will … Continue reading

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Historic Croydon Airport’s open day this Sunday, Dec 6

This Sunday is the last chance this year to visit historic Croydon Airport. Croydon Airport Visitor Centre is open on the first Sunday of the month, every month, throughout the year. Doors open at 11am with last entry at 3.30pm. … 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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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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Airport House Swing Dance free event, June 21

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