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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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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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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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Minster embraces Zoom and YouTube in response to covid

Croydon’s 1,000-year-old parish church has embraced 21st Century digital technology during the coronavirus lockdown to share worship and provide support for its congregation,  writes DAVID MORGAN Rev Dr Andrew Bishop, the priest in charge of Croydon Minster, knows how rapidly … 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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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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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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All hail to the ale! Raise your Toby jug to celebrate VE Day

  The ingeniousness of Inside Croydon readers knows no ends. First, David Morgan digs out the story behind a prolific 18th-century poet and lyricist, Francis Fawkes. Fawkes happened to be the curate of Croydon parish church – known these days … 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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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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Minster’s priest who served colleges, court and archbishops

The Archbishop’s Palace in Croydon helped to place the town at the centre of church and state affairs throughout some turbulent periods of history, as DAVID MORGAN discovers through the life and work of one medieval figure who was buried … Continue reading

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The Sixteen perform Allegri’s Miserere, Croydon Minster, Sep 9

UPDATE August 1 2020: This concert has had to be cancelled because of the covid-19 pandemic. Anyone who had already booked tickets should automatically receive refunds

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Croydon Minster Friday Lunchtime Recitals, Jan 17-Apr 3

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Croydon’s Christmas mass: It was exciting. And terrifying

The Vicar of Croydon, Canon Andrew Bishop, has spoken of his excitement – and terror – when the BBC came calling to ask to broadcast its 2019 Christmas Eve midnight mass from Croydon Minster. Nearly six months of careful preparation … Continue reading

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Croydon officer remembered in history of New South Wales

As the terrible bushfires rage through Australia, some areas affected have strong historical links to Croydon, as DAVID MORGAN, the Minster historian, writes So many memorials inside the old Croydon Parish Church building and in the churchyard have been lost … Continue reading

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Joy to the world! The history behind BBC’s Christmas service

DAVID MORGAN on the undiscovered gem of Croydon Minster, which will be screened around the world on Christmas Eve When the BBC transmission goes live at 11.40pm on Christmas Eve, Croydon Minster will be in the national spotlight. The cameras … Continue reading

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Croydon Minster Christmas Fair, Old Town, Nov 30

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BBC to broadcast Christmas Eve service from Croydon Minster

BBC television’s Midnight Mass live broadcast on Christmas Eve – probably the most-watched piece of religious broadcasting in the country each year – will come from Croydon Minster on December 24. The choice of Croydon is a massive tribute to … Continue reading

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Reader offer: Guided tour of Croydon Minster’s memorials

Inside Croydon is delighted to announce that Croydon Minster’s historian and tour guide, David Morgan, will be conducting a special guided tour in Remembrance Week exclusively for our readers, looking at the memorials in the church to those who gave … Continue reading

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Until the daybreak Mother: Four-fold tragedy of Croydon family

As DAVID MORGAN researched his latest article for Inside Croydon on the history of Croydon Minster, he found in the roll of honour of soldiers lost in the First World War one particularly poignant tragedy – Croydon’s very own version … Continue reading

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