The History of Croydon on Layers of London
Layers of London is very lucky to have some very dedicated users in Croydon, some of whom we have had the pleasure of meeting at our community hub events. They have provided many fascinating and possibly unique insights into the history of Croydon. They have added some great records and really thorough collections. Some of our favourites are:
- The above image is a drawing "Croydon from the South East" by Samuel Maynard Kirkman in August 1906. It is part of a collection of drawings by Kirkman, many of which are of Croydon, added by Seif El Rashidi.
- Margaret Chan's wonderful records about Croydon's transport. Margaret recently explained to us that Croydon has a long history has a transport hub and even now "many of us who live here do so because we want to go somewhere else!" Margaret's records are accompanied by wonderful images that bring this aspect of Croydon's history to life.
- One of our newest collections that promises to grow and grow - the people, stories and history of Whitgift School in Croydon from its opening in 1600 to the present day. Added by William Wood.
- Taking local history to its local-est extremes, Cathy Aitchison has added several records all about Broad Green, a small neighbourhood within the borough of Croydon. Her photographs show us how dramatically the area has changed in just the past few years.