London Borough of Croydon

Statistics

  • Croydon's population is now estimated to be 381,000 - the second most populated borough in London.
  • Croydon has 84,000 young people under the age of 15, the largest number of any other borough.
  • If Croydon were a city it would be the 8th largest in the UK ahead of Wakefield and Coventry.

History

  • Croydon is mentioned in the Doomsday book of 1068.
  • St Mary's Church in Addington was established in 1040 and is burial site for eleven Archbishops of Canterbury.
  • Croydon was home to John Whitgift, Archbishop of Canterbury during the reign of Elizabeth I and James I and who founded the Whitgift School in 1596
  • Croydon's Parish Church is the only Minster in Greater London.
  • Battle of Britain fighter pilots started their campaign from Croydon.
  • Croydon was the first area outside central London to use postcodes.

Green Croydon

  • The Royal Horticultural Society voted Coombe Wood London's best park in 2009.
  • In the same year, Croydon was also voted the Royal Horticultural Society's 'Greenest large city' in the UK.

Shopping

  • 28 out 30 of the UK's top brands have outlets in Croydon
  • Croydon has 2.5million sq feet of retail area - nearly 0.5% of the total in the UK.
  • Purley Way is the 8th largest retail park in the UK

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