One Croydon, 12–16 Addiscombe Rd, Croydon, CR0 6SD
Join John Grindrod, author of 'Iconicon' and 'Concretopia', on a walk around the endless rebuilding of Croydon town centre.
West Croydon, East Croydon
X26, 64, 466, 433, 410, 367, 312, 198, 197, 194, 119
East Croydon Rail station is also accessible via tram, on both eastbound and westbound routes between Beckenham Junction and Wimbledon. West Croydon Overground station is a 12 minute walk from East Croydon Rail station.
Please note: this is a walking tour which lasts 2.5 hours.
Please arrive at One Croydon 15 minutes prior to start time.
On the eve of the millennium John Grindrod took polaroids to capture the postwar buildings of the town where he’d been born, and felt sure were soon to disappear. That walk forms the basis of one of the chapters from his latest book, 'Iconicon: A Journey Around the Landmark Buildings of Contemporary Britain'.
This walking tour retraces his steps on a fun and informative architectural exploration of an overlooked suburban centre, and tells the story of the last few decades of Britain through the urban design, pop culture and social history of a town caught on the cusp of sitcom punchline and hipster cool. The route will take in the celebrated Threepenny Bit building, the ghosts of modern towers, traces of Medieval, Victorian and Art Deco Croydon, long-disappeared theatres and cinemas, the Fairfield Halls arts centre and more.
A walking tour with the Twentieth Century Society, exploring the modern architectural and design heritage of Croydon town centre. Croydon is London Borough of Culture 2023 and is home to some of the finest post-war buildings in Britain.
Historic walking tour of East Croydon led by a native. Those who come along are welcome to contribute their memories. Marvel at one of the oldest electricity sub-stations in Croydon. Tour ends at the iconic One Croydon, the "Thru'penny Bit" office block designed by Seifert in the 1960s. Join us for a drink afterwards in a Victorian hostelry.
We propose to open the Museum of Croydon stores for an intimate guided tour of our stored collections also featuring an overview of collection care. This activity will take approximately 1hr and can cater for a maximum of 8 people.
Charles Henman, 1896
Assembled in the format and spirit of a Saturday School, this session, supported by Theatrum Mundi, will take place in the Croydon Quaker's Adult School Hall and support participants to map out spaces of care & resistance across Croydon.
William Curtis Green, 1908
21 houses, in 3 terraces, built by Swiss architects Atelier 5 for Wates. Living areas on the upper floor are approached through a garden court. Bedrooms downstairs open to a lower garden. Pevsner wrote, 'a group with few equals in Britain'.
Atelier 5, 1969
religious, concert/performance space, civic
Medieval style church rebuilt by Sir George Gilbert Scott after 1867 fire. Tower & south porch are 15C. Large nave with open timber-work roof leads to chancel dominated by superb stained glass window & rich alabaster reredos.
Mediaeval/Sir George Gilbert Scott, 1870
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