Two new self-guided heritage walks have been introduced in Croydon town centre to showcase some of the area’s wonderful historical buildings and their stories.
Temporary ground stickers lead the trails through Croydon Old Town and market town areas. Walkers can download maps of the routes or can follow using an online interactive map.
Both walks are part of a pilot and walkers are invited to feedback their thoughts about the trails via an online survey. Feedback will be used ahead of a decision for a more permanent installation of the walks at a later date.
Guided walks led by council conservation officers have been arranged to get detailed feedback on the walks, sticker locations, online content and maps. Places are still available on next Wednesday’s 3.30-5pm tour – anyone with an interest in taking part can register in advance and spaces will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.
“The walks are fantastic for showcasing all that is great about our wonderful borough. Our town centre is full of history, from grand buildings to magical gardens, and it’s great to learn the fascinating stories behind them.
“Both walks take about 45 minutes, so if you’re heading to the shops, why not check out the routes, learn a lot and let us know what you think!”
Councillor Oliver Lewis, cabinet member for culture and regeneration
Details of the walks, maps and the feedback survey is available at: croydon.gov.uk/walks
The Market Town walk stretches from St Michael and All Angels church in West Croydon to the Pumping Station at Park Hill, it explores some of the impressive historic buildings, and, of course one of London’s oldest markets – Surrey Street – which started in 1275.
The Old Town walk explores some of the oldest surviving buildings in the area, the grounds of Croydon Minster and the memorial garden. These provide an extraordinary connection with Croydon’s early history, the Archbishops, and the people who once lived here.