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Tuesday, 31 July 2012
Croydon

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From the air on Friday morning. According to Wikipedia:

Historically a part of Surrey, at the time of the Norman conquest of England Croydon had a church, a mill and around 365 inhabitants (as recorded in the Domesday Book of 1086). Croydon expanded during the Middle Ages as a market town and a centre for charcoal production, leather tanning and brewing. The Surrey Iron Railway from Croydon to Wandsworth opened in 1803 and was the world’s first public horse-drawn railway, which later developed into an important means of transport – facilitating Croydon’s growth as a commuter town for London (including the City of London). By the early 20th century, Croydon was an important industrial area, known for car manufacture, metal working and its airport. In the mid 20th century these sectors were replaced by retailing and the service economy, brought about by massive redevelopment which saw the rise of office blocks and the Whitgift shopping centre. Croydon was amalgamated into Greater London in 1965.

The park in the bottom right of the photograph is the Park Hill Recreation Ground, once a deer (hunting) park for the Archbishop/s of Canterbury.

Posted by bigblue on 31/07/2012 at 08:18 AM
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