Help support action to safeguard Croydon Town Centre’s Heritage

Historic Croydon

is a new Facebook group

set up by Andrew Kennedy

as a follow-up to his submission

to the Westfield Area CPO Inquiry.

Andrew writes:

‘There is a window of opportunity beginning in 2015 to reinstate locally listed buildings in North End and the High Street to their beautiful original design, to reduce the size of oversized shop fascias and to save the facades on the east side from almost total devastation by the development of the new Westfield shopping centre, but we have to act quickly. Join this group to show your support. We try to work amicably with the various organisations to get the best outcome for the citizens of Croydon. We are basically in favour of the redevelopment but we want to see it carried through in the right manner and make sure that benefits flow back to the community. Later after all the kerfuffle is over we’ll be constructing heritage trails and things to do to make a visit to Croydon more interesting.’

Comment: Whether you are in favour of the development or not it is worth joining this group. If the CPO is confirmed and the scheme goes ahead it may be that the details of the treatment of the historical frontages along North End and George St can be improved. If the CPO is not confirmed the work Andrew has started will help influence future thinking.

The new group highlights the 1970s Huntley film of Croydon’s history at

 Find out more about Andrew’s submission to the CPO Inquiry at:


About seancreighton1947

Since moving to Norbury in July 2011 I have been active on local economy issues with Croydon TUC and Croydon Assembly, and am a member of the latter's Environment Forum. I am a member of the 5 Norbury Residents Associations Joint Planning Committee, and a Governor of Norbury Manor Primary School. I write for Croydon Citizen at I co-ordinate the Samuel Coleridge-Taylor and Croydon Radical History Networks and advise the North East People's History Project.. I give history talks and lead history walks. I retired in 2012 having worked in the community/voluntary sector and on heritage projects. My history interests include labour movement, mutuality, Black British, slavery & abolition, Edwardian roller skating and the social and political use of music and song. I have a particular interest in the histories of Battersea and Wandsworth, Croydon and Lambeth. I have a publishing imprint History & Social Action Publications.
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