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The Unexpected Beauty of Croydon

Sat 10 Sep 2022 at 4:05am

From Electricity to University

Today I visited Electric House, an intricately designed Grade II-listed building which originally housed the County Borough of Croydon electricity showrooms.Electric House sign caught by the sun, August 2017The building has recently been renovated, however rather than becoming apartments like so many other Croydon buildings, it is now a ...

Wed 03 Aug 2022 at 11:47pm

The graveyard on the golf course

On the Surrey National Golf Course in Caterham, a little south of Croydon, there is an unusual feature: the somewhat overgrown burial ground from St Lawrence's Hospital. While Caterham-on-the-Hill is mostly housing now, until the 1990s it was home to military barracks and a large mental hospital, which was formerly ...

Sun 10 Jul 2022 at 6:23am

A walk around Cane Hill

"It's too late - there's a housing estateIt's called High Royds"- Kaiser Chiefs - HighroydsI realise that housing estates built on former hospitals don't fit everyone's definition of beauty, but this is my blog so you'll have to indulge my bizarre interests. I've included some pretty photos ...

Wed 02 Feb 2022 at 2:53am

Foxes: friends or foes?

I am fascinated by the wildlife which has managed to make itself home in human-dominated places. Travelling to another city, whether in the UK or elsewhere in the world, I like to observe the wildlife the locals take for granted. They say one man's trash is another man's treasure and ...

Tue 03 Aug 2021 at 2:59am

Beddington Farmlands

I used to work near the Beddington Farmlands site and it wasn't the most popular neighbour among my colleagues but I found it fascinating. I got some glimpses of wildlife through the fencing - families of foxes and birds including little egrets, shovelers and teal (ducks). Fox at the ...

Thu 13 May 2021 at 1:38pm

The underappreciated beauty of graveyards

As somebody who likes exploring different outdoor places, when we got locked down last year I realised I needed to do something to keep life interesting with the new restrictions. I decided it was time to search out places locally that I had overlooked in the past. One type of ...

Thu 06 May 2021 at 7:56am

Ghosts of hospitals past

I know old hospitals aren't beautiful places but I think they're fascinating, in an eerie way.The website "Lost Hospitals of London" lists 680 hospitals in its index, nearly all of which no longer exist. The reasons for this are varied, but the establishment of the NHS in 1948 and ...

Mon 29 Mar 2021 at 11:11pm

In praise of street wildlife

Chepstow Road is not the most memorable of thoroughfares. It is a dual carriageway running between the Park Hill roundabout and the Addiscombe Road tram crossing, on the way from Croydon town centre eastwards to Addiscombe, Shirley and beyond. However, this time of year, the grass verges are awash ...

Mon 22 Mar 2021 at 5:41pm

Fantastic Sheep and Where to Find Them

It's no secret that I'm a big fan of farm animals. With lockdown a year ago, I couldn't travel to city farms to get my animal fix, so I had to look closer to home. This post is a celebration of Croydon's sheep and a guide to where to find ...

Wed 03 Mar 2021 at 2:17am

Pond life

I'm a big fan of ponds. Even a tiny pond can support a huge amount of life. This is the best time of year to see life in ponds, at the start of the breeding season. The great thing about ponds is that while at first glance you may not ...