Croydon History events & news at 23 May

Contents: events, contacts for further information about members of the Forum, Croydon Museum projects, notes and queries, political meetings in Croydon Parks project

Council appoints new Museum & Archives Manager

Marie Tulley-Rose has been appointed as the new Museum & Archives Manager. Lindsay Auld reverts back to her role as Bough Archivist. Marie has previously worked for the Kenley airport project, the National Trust and the Natural History Museum.

Eleven Croydon Historic Buildings on Heritage England’s Buildings at Risk Register


Local and Social History events sponsored by Croydon Local Studies Forum organisations

Friday 24 May – Saturday 28 September. Coming Home

Croydon Museum Exhibition of a Croydon individual whose portrait is in the National Portrait Gallery.


Wednesday 29 – Friday 31 May. 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. Friends of Old Palace

Sunday 2 June. 12noon-5pm. Shirley Windmill Open day

Tour lasts about an hour, last at 16.00. Souvenirs and refreshments. Buses 130, 466, parking in Oaks Road.

Monday 3 June. 7.45pm. The Big Croydon Birdwatch

Talk by John Birkett for CNHSS

Monday 10 June 8pm. Croydon Airport

Talk by Graeme Roy for East Surrey Family History Society

Tuesday 11 June. 7.45pm. Transports of Delight

Talk by Alan Walters for Norbury & South London Transport Club

Thursday 20 June 8pm. A Miscellany of Old South Norwood

Talk by John Hickman for South London Local History Group

Saturday 22 June – Saturday 28 September. Windrush Generation

Exhibition curated by Tony Fairweather and community groups in project chaired by Councillor Patsy Cummings, with Government and Council funding.

Ground floor Clocktower

Monday 24 June. 7.45pm. The Great Fire of London

Talk by Andrew Warde, City of London Guide for CNHSS

Sunday 7 July. Noon – 5pm. Shirley Windmill Open day

See 2 June

Monday 8 July. 7.45pm. Never Thought of That

Talk by Lady Mary Teviot for East Surrey Family History Society

Wednesday 10 July. 7.45pm. The Magic of the Mind

Talk by Michael Symes, member of Inner Magic Circle with Gold Star


Thursday 18 July. 8pm. Ladywell and Brockley

Talk by Mike Guilfoyle for South London Local History Group

Sunday 4 August Noon to 5pm. Shirley Windmill Open day

See 2 June

August. 100 years of Council Housing

Croydon Museum and Croydon Housing team exhibition in Clocktower

Thursday 15 August. 7.45pm. More Bygone Streatham

Talk by John Brown for South London Local History Group

Sunday 1 September Noon – 5pm. Shirley Windmill Open day

See 2 June

Friday 6 September. Evacuation & the Outbreak of War

Croydon Museum evening event in Clocktower

Monday 9 September. 7.45pm. Stuart London

Talk by Ian Bevan for East Surrey Family History Society

Wednesday 11 September. 7.45pm. Happy Valley – Past, Present and Future

Talk by Dominic North for CNHSS

Thursday 19 September. 8pm. An A-Z of Croydon II

Talk by Mike Gilbert for South London Local History Group

Sunday 22 September. Noon-5pm. Shirley Windmill Open Day

See 2 June

Monday 23 September. 7.45pm. The Life and Times of Old Palace

Talk by Janice Barter for CNHSS

Tuesday 24 September 7.45pm. British Buses and Trolleybuses in the ‘60s and ‘70s

Talk by Graham Donaldson for Norbury & South London Transport Club

Meeting venues

CNHSS – United Reformed Church, East Croydon

East Surrey Family History Society – St Matthew’s Church, Chichester Road, Croydon

Norbury & South London Transport Club – United Reformed Church, East Croydon

South London Local History Group – Phoenix Centre, Westow Street, Upper Norwood

November Local Studies Fair – November

The Local Studies Fair is organising a Fair on local history and studies in the Clocktower for either 9 or 16 November. It will include society stalls, talks, walks and films. Full details to be finalised.

Contacts for further information about members of the Forum

Bourne Society: bournesoc,; Hon. Secretary 020 8405 4833;

Historic Croydon Airport Trust & Croydon Airport Visitor Centre:; Airport House, Purley Way, Croydon, Surrey, CR0 0XZ;

Croydon Natural History & Scientific Society (CNHSS):

Crystal Palace Foundation:; Melvyn Harrison, 58 Laurier Road, Croydon, CR0 6JQ. 07889 338812.

East Surrey Family History Society:;

Friends of Old Palace: David Poole, 31 Princes Avenue, Carshalton Beeches, Surrey. 020 8643 5978.

Friends of Shirley Windmill: Tony Skrzypczyk, 39 Addiscombe Road, Croydon, CR0 6SA. 020 8406 4676.

Museum of Croydon: Lindsay Ould, Borough Archivist, Museum of Croydon, Croydon Clocktower, Katharine Street, Croydon, CR9 1ET. 020 8253 1022;; or

Norbury & South London Transport Club: Graham Donaldson.

South London Local History Group. Keith Holdaway, 223 Leigham Court Road, London SW16 2SD. 020 8761 175

Forum members also include Whitgift Foundation, and independent historians: Pam Buttrey, Sean Creighton, John Hickman, Carole Roberts and Paul Sowan.

Croydon Museum Projects

Fairfield Collections – coming to an end with database to be finished.

Ponds of Croydon – HLF project with The Conservation Volunteers

Layers of London  – next workshop Tuesday 25 June. 2pm

Home Front Film – HLF/Croydon/Merton uses 1943 silent film to stimulate reminiscences of life and tome during the Second World War. To be shown at Clocktower event on  6 September.

Notes & Queries

Informal discussion between Forum embers and at the Forum meeting on 22 May identified the usefulness of exchanging snippets of information people find in the course of their researches about which other people may know. The new style newsletter of CNHSS has already triggered a lot of useful feedback. My snippets include:

John Mogge of 15 Norbury Ave – creditors notice November 1913

Daniel Peacock Wildbore and Edward Weller

The Smiths, mother and daughters suffrage activists living in Norbury

Carolie Sorabjee, living at 42 Sorley Park Rd in 1948

Any information would be grateful received and acknowledged:

Political Meetings in Croydon  Parks Project

Katrina Navickas, a Croydon resident and Reader in History at the University of Hertfordshire, is ‘researching the history of public space in England from 1700 to 2000. She has been looking at where political meetings were held in Croydon and in some of the London boroughs in the 19th century and early 20th century, particularly in parks. The Croydon County Borough Council parks committee minute books are a major source, and are revealing that the Parks Committee regularly received requests to hold political meetings by various groups, from the local Labour Party and socialists to the Union of Fascists. Public parks came to Croydon quite late in the 19th century compared with other towns, and there was disagreement within the Council over the purchase of Park Hill Park, with pressure being put by the leaders of the Ratepayers’ Society that the purchase would raise rates and that the site should be sold off for ‘respectable’ housing development. Similar debates were raised about the purchase of Addington Hills. The most common site requested by political groups for open air meetings was Duppas Hill Park. But it seems that the Parks Committee disallowed political meetings there often, and suggested that the political group should approach the main Council for permission to meet on Fairfield instead. Indoor meetings were usually held in the Greyhound Inn.’ Katrina is continuing her research into the patterns of contestation over these spaces for a forthcoming book and welcome any leads and suggestions.

Dr Katrina Navickas, School of Humanities, University of Hertfordshire, De Havilland Campus, Hatfield, Herts, AL10 9AB



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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