Croydon, post blitz, eclectic mix.

At 34 square miles, the London Borough of Croydon is not the biggest in London. But it does have the biggest population. 376,000 to be nearly exact. Ass multi-cultural communities go, they don’t come much more mixed than Croydon.  The eclectic mix of    backgrounds perhaps explains Croydon’s place as one of the Cultural Hearts of London and the South East.  

Croydon was the summer retreat of the Archbishops of Canterbury – the Croydon Palace, built in the 15th & 16th Centuries, still stands and is now the Independent ‘Old Palace’ Girl’s School – part of the Whitgift Foundation – setup by John Whitgift, Archbishop of Canterbury from 1583 – 1604. The famous Whitgift Shopping Centre is also named after him – being built on land still owned by the Foundation.

Despite being one of the areas of Victorian urbanisation of the rapidly expanding London during the 18th Century. Croydon’s architectural landscape is relatively modern – a consequence of the pounding it took during World War II. The town was home to the capital’s first major Airport, which made it an obvious target during the conflict. It also suffered heavily from V1 Doodlebug and V2 rocket strikes during the latter part of the war – largely due to British misinformation propaganda (to protect central London) that suggested the majority of missiles were overshooting their targets when they were not.

The early part of the 20th Century saw Croydon build a reputation for car building and metal working around the aerodrome. That all gave way to the UK’s burgeoning service industry with many international conglomerates making their Head Office homes in Croydon in the latter part of the 20th Century.

Famous faces born in the Borough of Croydon include Supermodel Kate Moss, Singer Amy Winehouse,  Billionaire Retailer Sir Philip Green, England Football Team Manager Roy Hodgson, and ‘The Equaliser’ – Actor Edward Woodward.

Selhurts, in Croydon Borough is also home to the Brit School for performing Arts and Technology – in part responsible for the considerable talents of Adele, Katie Melua, Jessie J, Rizzle Kicks and aforementioned Amy Winehouse.

With nearly 380,000 people in just 33 square miles, we’d imagine that there’s a strong demand for self storage services like ours!