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Local history
Discover Croydon's past with these fascinating books

Croydon has a long and interesting history.

Yes, you could browse wikipedia for a timeline and some facts and figures. But there are a wealth of books that describe how our town has evolved over the years.

People have written extensively about the history of Croydon. From the UK's first international airport to accounts of the Archbishops who frequented our town, much has been written as well as many photographs taken.

We have a crate load of local history books on our bookshelves and love to thumb through them for some nostalgia, reference or amusement. 

Here are a few of our faves that provide a fascinating glimpse into Croydon's long history. Most are long out of print but you can still find copies in fairs and markets or online at ebay or other book sites. They are not particularly costly either!

Do you have a favourite local history book not mentioned here? Let us know!

Images of Croydon

A hardback book by the Croydon Advertiser from 1997. Includes many images from the Advertiser archive going back over 100 years.

Victorian Croydon Illustrated

One of the many publications from Croydon Natural History & Scientific Society. Full of archive photos and postcards. Copies are often to be found on ebay.

Croydon Past

By the late and much missed John Gent, Croydon's very own local historian, transport enthusiast and postcard collector. He was three-times president of Croydon Natural History and Scientific Society.

Minster Tales

David Morgan shares some of the personalities and characters who have been associated with the Croydon Minster over the centuries. Available from Amazon. David is a regular contributor to Inside Croydon.

Croydon Airport

Photos and history of Croydon Airport, the UK's first international airport and site of many historic flights and early air traffic control innovations. Available from Amazon.

Cinemas of Croydon

A wonderful collection of photos and interiors from Croydon's many bygone cinemas and picture houses.

Kennards of Croydon

A photographic history of the legendary Croydon department store, later taken over by Debenhams.

Croydon Old and New

Another fascinating book from CNHSS, the first to provide side-by-side photos of the changing Croydon landscape over the years.