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The Past and Present of Croydon's London Road

Sat 01 Aug 2020 at 7:45am

No more articles until 2021

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Fri 24 Jul 2020 at 7:45am

226 London Road: Croydon Motor Spares

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Fri 26 Jun 2020 at 7:45am

224 London Road: Gucio Express

Fri 01 May 2020 at 9:35am

222 London Road: Supreme Butchers

222 London Road is currently used for the sale of halal meat, but previously spent nearly the whole of the 20th century as a bank before being converted into a restaurant and finally into a shop.

Fri 03 Apr 2020 at 9:35am

212 London Road: Spice Land

Built just after the start of the 20th century, 212 London Road has been used to sell clothes, boots, artists’ materials, cars, video cassettes, windows, and now Sri Lankan food.

Fri 06 Mar 2020 at 9:35am

210 London Road: Annys Mini Market

210 London Road is currently home to Anny’s Mini Market, a small African grocery shop. Constructed in the early 20th century, over the years its occupants have included photographers, suppliers of savings stamps, and an early contraceptive provider known as the Stockwell Hygienic Company.

Fri 07 Feb 2020 at 9:35am

208 London Road: Worf Enterprises and Afghan Exchange & Travel

208 London Road was built in the early years of the 20th century. Over the decades since, it’s been occupied by glass and china shops, tailors and milliners, bicycle dealers, and party shops. It’s currently home to a pair of money transfer businesses.

Fri 10 Jan 2020 at 9:35am

206 London Road: The Codfather

Currently a punnily-named fish-and-chip shop, 206 London Road spent the first seven decades of its life as a bakery. It was built in 1902 as part of Royal Parade, a grand stretch of shops and flats that stands where a “row of tall rook-haunted trees” once separated the Broad Green Place estate ...

Fri 13 Dec 2019 at 9:35am

206–272 London Road: Before Royal Parade: Broad Green Place

Royal Parade, which spans from 206 to 272 London Road, was built in the early years of the 20th century on land which had previously been part of a large estate surrounding a house known as Broad Green Place. Later articles will discuss the individual properties in Royal Parade, but here I ...

Fri 15 Nov 2019 at 9:35am

Postponement of November 2019 article

I’m waiting for a will to be delivered, and so I’m postponing my next article until that arrives, since I think the information in it is likely to be quite important. In the meantime, here’s a report on a food walk that a friend and I led ...