The City of Croydon - how does that sounds?!
Croydon, the biggest borough of London, has been craving to achieve city status from the middle of the last century. The last attempt was in 2012, but as you know the desired outcome wasn’t accomplished. Although if “The Cronx” was given the status, it would have become the 8th largest in the UK. Long ago, Croydon was the first area outside central London to use postcodes. Now the “Silicon Valley of South London” is among the other well-known references to this borough – Croydon is also home to UK’s capital fastest growing tech cluster. The valley of crocus still keeps the beauty of the plant in its heart and captivates the unique colors of this flower’s bloom in breathtaking art installations each year.
Croydon is a place that street artists can call home while spraying their way to fame, leaving memorable scribblings on the borough’s walls. However, there’s much more to meet the eye in this south London’s venue.
Here’s our list of the 5 things you probably don’t know about Croydon:
The Movie aspect
Did you know that Croydon has been portrayed in more than 30 movies. From small British-based films such as big-budget blockbusters, the atmosphere of this borough and its emblematic places will forever stay in the history of cinema. More than once Croydon managed to catch the eye of Hollywood’s bigwigs. Filmmakers have long ago recognized this London’s borough potential as the perfect location to make movies. More than once Croydon was in the spotlights, covering itself with Hollywood glamour. Films shot in the borough include:
The Da Vinci Code(Tom Hanks gives a talk to students about symbols at Fairfield's Concert Hall).
Batman – The Dark Knight Rises(former BT Offices, Delta Point were transformed into Gotham General Hospital for the movie).
Jason Bourne(where the old art college on College Green is transformed into a warehouse in Berlin for one of the fight scenes).
- Legendary record shop Beanos (once the largest in Europe) will always be remembered by music lovers in Croydon and was immortalized in film
The Boat that Rocked(inspiring, a rebellious movie about an offshore pirate radio station in the 1960s with killing soundtrack).
- Some of the scenes in
Criminalstarring Kevin Costner, Gary Oldham, and Tommy Lee Jones were filmed at Croydon College.
- The list goes on with headings like
Iron Man 3,
28 Days Later, the dystopian 1985th movie
Braziland on, and on…
Connecting famous people
Croydon is the reason why Kate Moss, Stormzy, Sir David Lean and Roy Hodgson are all connected
Let’s keep on with sprinkling stardust on Croydon’s area. It’s time to reveal some of the most recognizable celebrities which originate from this part of South London. Sir David Lean, Kate Moss, Dan Stevens, Stormzy, James Buckley, Roy Hodgson, Josh Daniel, JB Gill, Jeff Beck, Peggy Ashcroft, and Eunice Gayson are among the ones making Croydon equally proud and famous.
Luke, I’m your father may have never been pronounced by Darth Vader, if Dave Prowse wasn’t born first – in Croydon, of course.
BAFTA award-winning actor Peter Cushing, who was best known for playing Sherlock Holmes, Dr. Van Helsing, Frankenstein and Grand Moff Tarkin in Star Wars, was brought up in Purley.
We can’t leave names like Amy Winehouse, Kate Nash, Leona Lewis and Jessie J. unmentioned since all of them attended The BRIT School for Performing Arts and Technology in Selhurst.
Even if you’re not a bookworm, you must have lived in a cave till now if you’ve never heard of Sherlock Holmes - the world’s most famous fictional detective of all time - and the author who created him – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. The writer used to live in Croydon. He lived at 12 Tennison Road, South Norwood from 1891 until 1894.
Another famous crime writer used to be Croydonist for a while as well - Raymond Chandler used to live in Upper Norwood.
When in Croydon look for Blue
There are over 46 reasons why you should look for blue when you’re heading to Croydon, here are just some of them:
As we’ve already mentioned poets, novelists and classical composers all had connections with Croydon.
Across the town, there’re 46 blue plaques reminding to the Croydonists for the rich history of the notable borough.
The next time you read work by a famous detective novelist, enjoy a classic poem, or some classical music, chances are the artist had a connection with Croydon.
One of the most iconic US Presidents, Dwight David Eisenhower, also used to call the borough his home. Let us map for you five location, to help you start your journey through the town’s streets.
Eisenhower lived in Purley, Telegraph Cottage, Warren Road, from 1942 to 1944, while he was the supreme commander of the Allied Forces in Europe.
Émile Zola used the comfort of the town to write his novel,
Angeline. The two-times Nobel Prize nominee stayed in Queen's Hotel, 122 Church Road, Upper Norwood while finishing his work.
The most popular detective fiction writer ever, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, used to live in 12 Tennison Road, South Norwood.
The remarkable film-director Sir David Lean was born in the borough. The first home of the winner of several Academy Awards, who also has three films in the top five of the British Film Institute's Top 100 British Films, is situated on 38 Blenheim Crescent, South Croydon. The popular town’s cinema, showing independent movies, is named after Sir David Lean.
Chandler Philip Marlowe's stories are considered some of the most iconic works of noir detective fiction ever written. You can find his early home in 110 Auckland Road, South Norwood.
Those are some of the most iconic people, who left their rich legacy behind and contributed to Croydon’s valuable history.
Croydon and it's royal heritage
Blue blood runs through the town’s veins as well. The Tudor King of England, Henry VIII, well-known from history books for his many wives and the savage beheadings of a couple of them, also used to live in Croydon. He stayed at his large, manor house called the Old Palace. Since 1889 The Old Palace is well-known Croydon’s independent school for young ladies. Nowadays classroom used to be Queen Elizabeth I permanently available bedroom. Old Palace used to be the summer residence of the Archbishop of Canterbury for over 500 years.
Croydon is the birthplace of Dubstep and host of Rock Music
In the late 1990s, a new sound paves its way to the top. The unique mixture of heavy bass, minimal Detroit pulses and somber rhythms could be heard in every night club across the UK. The overnight sensation was generally characterized by sparse, syncopated rhythmic patterns with massive wobbly basslines, that contained prominent sub-bass frequencies and epic gigantic breakdowns. A new genre was born and its name was Dubstep.
The story behind the recognizable sound took its place in The Cronx. The Black Sheep Bar, Croydon’s alternative music venue, still brings a smile on the face to the ones, who managed to get in even once. This place will be well kept in the memories of the ones, brave enough to create a new sound, that managed to change the electronic stage forever.
Dubstep producer Benga - real name Adegbenga Adejumo - is from Croydon and is believed to have pioneered dubstep production. The artist, who has collaborated with Example and Azealia Banks, is also a champion of mental health discussion, has spoken openly about living with bipolar disorder.
Staying on the music front, Croydon has welcomed some of the biggest names in music including The Who, David Bowie, Queen, The Who, Jimi Hendrix, The Beatles and many more.
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