diamond geezer

 Sunday, July 24, 2016

Croydon's an atypical town, with ambitions to be a city, and a slew of buildings to prove it.

Opening paragraph about how the council championed major redevelopment in the 1960s, including several lofty concrete office blocks.

How the National Trust surprised us all by organising architectural tours of Croydon over the last week, under the title Edge City.

Description of the start of the tour, and the view from the 11th floor of AMP House overlooking East Croydon station.

Observations from the walking part of the tour, a 40 minute whistlestop through part of mini-Manhattan.

Praise for the behind-the-scenes tour of the Fairfield Halls, which has just closed for a two-year re-fit.

Nostalgic look-back to that time Open House did visits to Croydon Council's 19th floor planning eyrie, now demolished.

Regret that the new buildings going up don't look as impressive, but that's what people have always said about Croydon.

Suggestion that you read more background detail here, here, here and here, or watch this.

Conclusion that Croydon's actually incredibly interesting, architecturally, but only if you like this kind of thing.

Confession that uploading 40 photographs of Croydon is a lot easier than writing about them.

My Croydon gallery
There are 40 photos altogether [slideshow]

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