Croydon Local History & Studies Events etc to 30 April

Wednesday 10 January 19.45pm

 The tin tabernacles of Surrey

CNHSS talk by Gerry Moss

Tuesday 16 January. 8pm

A Quaker Family

 ESFHS talk by Antony Barlow

Thursday 18 January. 7.45pm  

More and more maps of South London

 SLLHG talk by Keith Holdaway

Tuesday 23 January. 8pm

An A-Z of Britain’s Railway stations

NSLTC talk by John Parkin

Monday 29 January. 7.45pm

The Reign of King Edward VII, with philatelic and picture references of his coronation

CNHSS talk

Sunday 4 February and every first Sunday of the month.  11.00 – 16.00

Croydon Airport Visitor Centre Open day at Airport House, Purley Way, Buses 119, 289.

Monday 5 February. 7.45pm

The Living Wandle

CNHSS talk by Rebecca Watts

Tuesday 13 February. 8pm  

Double-deck buses and trolleybuses

NSTLC talk by Colin Read

Thursday 15 February. 7.45pm

Paintings of Croydon on a Few Bob a week

SLLHG talk by John Hickman

Tuesday 20 February. 8pm

Calico workers on the Wandle

ESFHS talk by Mick Taylor

Monday 26 February. 7.45pm

 Camden Town: Dreams of Another London

CNHSS talk by Tom Bolton, author of the recent book of the same name

Tuesday 27 February. 8pm

 Northern Ireland and North Ireland

NLSTC talk by David Bowker

Monday 5 March. 7.45pm

Birdlife of Beddington Farmlands since the 1960s

CNHSS talk by Derek Coleman

Tuesday 13 March. 8pm

 Poland/Slovakia + Review of 2017

 NLSTC talk by Graham Donaldson

Thursday 15 March. 7.45pm

SLLHG meeting to be advised

Tuesday 20 March. 8pm


ESFHS talk by Louise Taylor

Monday 26 March. 7.45pm

Owen Manning, William Bray and the writing of Surrey County History 1760-1832

CNHSS talk by Julian Pooley, Public Services and Engagement Manager, Surrey History Centre

Wednesday 4 – Friday 6 April

Croydon Old Palace Open days

Doors open 13.00, tour begins at 13.45, lasts about two hours including tea. Admission £7, Over 60s £6, Under 16s £3.

Wednesday 11 April. 7.45pm

 The Green Belt

CNHSS talk by Graham Lomas

Thursday 19 April. 7.45pm

Biggin Hill Airfield

SLLHG talk by Alan Piper

Monday 30 April. 7.45pm

Sword Hilts

CNHSS talk by Tony Tucker


 CNHSS, NLSTC and ESFHS Society meet at East Croydon

United Reformed Church, a short walk from East Croydon Railway and Bus Stations

 SLLHG meets at Phoenix Centre, Westow Street, Upper Norwood

 Contact details

Bourne Society (BS)

Croydon Airport Society (CAS) and Croydon Airport Visitor Centre (CAVC)

Airport House, Purley Way,

Croydon, Surrey, CR0 0XZ.

Croydon Natural History & Scientific Society (CNHSS)

Crystal Palace Foundation (CPF)

East Surrey Family History Society (ESFHS)

Friends of Church Alley (FOCA)

Friends of Old Palace (FOOP)

Friends of Shirley Windmill (FOSW)

Museum of Croydon (MC)

Borough Archivist, Museum of Croydon, Croydon Clocktower, Katharine Street, Croydon, CR9 1ET.


You can consult the digital catalogue at

There is a lot of material that is catalogued in print and material that is not catalogued. To find out more you will need to consult the Museum.

The Museum has openings for volunteering in the Local Studies room and on projects.

The Education Officer undertakes a lot of work with schools.

Norbury & South London Transport Club (NSLTC)

South London Local History Group (SLLHG)

Forum leaflet

The Forum leaflet is available at various venues including the Croydon Museum Local Studies room at the Clocktower. It has been compiled by compiled by Graham Donaldson.

Other History initiatives

Croydon Radical History Network

Samuel Coleridge Taylor-Network

The Past and present of Croydon’s London Rd

Website compiled by Kake

Croydon Citizen

Includes history articles by various contributors

Historic Croydon

Norwood Society

Covers the Norwood districts in both Lambeth and Croydon

Websites with items re-Croydon history include

Historical development

Croydon workhouse

Croydon ring road and underpass

Croydon organisations histories

Several organisations in Croydon like churches and schools have details about their history on their websites.

Conservation Areas

Croydon Council’s Conservation Area Planning documents include historical information about the areas’ development.

Parks and Open Spaces

Croydon Council includes summaries of histories on its webpages on parks and open spaces.

Books and pamphlets

There are a range of books, pamphlets and journals produced by the local societies. You can check their websites and see back issues at Croydon Museum Local Studies Room in the Clocktower.





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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