CNHSS Selected Talks and Walks Programme to April

Croydon Natural History & Scientific Society (CNHSS) holds its talks at  the United Reformed Church Hall, Addiscombe Grove, East Croydon, CR0 5LP (near Station). Visitors welcome, donations accepted.

 Saturday 26 November. 2.30pm.  Focus on Croham Hurst

 Illustrated talks by Society members covering its ecology, geology and the 19th century campaign to save it as a public open space.

 Sunday  27 November. 11am. “Croham Hurst” Walk

 A chance to see this SSSI site for yourselves. Meet by the junction of Croham Manor Road and Bankside, South Croydon.

Monday 28 November. 7.45pm . ‘Capability’ Brown and his legacy

Talk by Michael Symes, commemorating the tercentenary of the landscape architect’s birth.

 Monday 5 December. 7.45pm . A Third Christmas Miscellany from the John Gent Postcards Collection.

Talk and slide show introduced by John Hickman and Carole Roberts.

Monday 16 January. 7.45pm. Jane Austen – People and Places.

Sylvia Solarski, will discuss aspects of Austen’s life in London, Surrey and some of the other Home Counties.

23 Monday 23 January. 7.45pm. Beddington Sewage Works 1960 to 1987

Talk by Robin Ashford on his involvement in its design, construction and management.

Sunday 26 February. 2.30pm. Croydon Old Town Walk

Led by Paul Sowan.  Meet at Croydon Minster west door.

Monday 27 February. 7.45pm. Growing up in radical Croydon: Grace Oakeshott, her associates and their aspirations in the late nineteenth century

Jocelyn Robson will explore the social and cultural context in which Grace grew up, went to school, developed radical interests and became a campaigner for girls’ technical education.

Thursday  20 April. 7.45pm. Annual General Meeting

Followed after refreshments, by the Presidential Address given by John Hickman, Pictures of Croydon on a Few Bob a Week.

Monday 24 April. 7.45pm .  Tom Byron: emigrant to Canada and pioneer cattle rancher

Talk by Nigel Elliott. Tom, the eldest son of Edmund Byron, chose to emigrate rather than inherit the Coulsdon estate.

Full details about the Society, its events and publications, can be seen at


About seancreighton1947

Since moving to Norbury in July 2011 I have been active on local economy, housing and environment issues with Croydon TUC and Croydon Assembly. I am a member of the Love Norbury Residents Associations Planning & Transport Committees, and Chair of Nobury Community Land Trust. I write for Croydon Citizen at I co-ordinate the Samuel Coleridge-Taylor and Croydon Radical History Networks and edit the North East Popular Politics database. 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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