One of the largest towns in the United Kingdom’s South London area, Croydon has been deemed both a major commercial and metropolitan centre. It is also considered, according to London Plan, the administrative hub of the London Borough of Croydon. Located approximately 9.5 miles from the southern point of Charring Cross, Croydon can be found along the natural transport corridor – an area situated between the south coast of London and England heading to the northern gap of the North Downs.
Originally an industrial town, Croydon has a global reputation for being the hub of English industry during the early 20th century. In the early 1900s, various metal workshops and car manufacturers took residence in Croydon promoting their position in the growing automobile industry. Yet, those sectors were quickly replaced during the middle of the 1900s when the service economy introduced a growth of retailers. This retailing development removed manufacturers and changed workshops for office blocks and the Whitgift shopping centre. In the earlier days of Croydon, pests, plagues and disease were widespread. But, thanks to the modern sewer systems and companies such as Envirosafe Pest Removal, the hygiene standards are high. In 1965 Croydon was merged with the Greater London area.
Despite road traffic being diverted from the pedestrianised town centre, a major railway station continues to operate. The East Croydon railway station continues to be used as a hub for the London national rail service.
The 21st Century Croydon And Its Attractions
The modern Croydon had its beginnings when the city introduced a retail service during 1969. The construction of the Whitgift Shopping Centre was one of the influential constructions heading towards a changing Croydon. The Fairfield Halls Arts Centre, opened in 1962, is one of the great contributors to the artistic aspects of metropolitan Croydon hosting events throughout the year.
As the late 1980s and 1990s approached, further alterations in the town began to develop. In 1989 the North End area was opened to vehicles and in 1994 the Croydon Clock Tower Arts Centre was constructed. While Whitgift remains the prominent shopping centre in the area, as of 2004 many additional shopping centres have been developed throughout Croydon. Park Palace is a popular new addition the retail industry replacing the eastern edge of the Whitgift’s original construction.
The town of Croydon is also serviced by numerous hospitals ensuring the safety and health of residents and visitors. The primary hospital is the Mayday University Hospital on London Road.
Different Activities And Events Available In Croydon Today
In previous years, this major UK city possessed three aerated water factories; as well as, two foundries with gas lamps illuminating the streets. Unfortunately, these are no longer available to view in the street but they can be found at the Outdoor Museum on Samwell Street. The most popular exhibitions at the Outdoor Museum include some of the early mining machinery from the water factories. If you are not one for mining machinery, the Outdoor Museum also houses the Mining office of the Warden and the old Court House where you can view original furnishings and artifacts from that time.
If you take a look toward the West of Croydon, you can see the Golden Gate standing nearly 4.5 miles away. It is the largest satellite town in the area and once produced tons of gold for the city’s industry.
A final exciting feature is the old butcher’s shop located opposite the historic Club Hotel. This is not only an interesting building itself but is an excellent photographic opportunity.