Stones mark borough’s 50th birthday

Twenty stones are to be placed in parks and streets across the borough to celebrate Croydon becoming part of London 50 years ago.

Croydon became a London borough on 1 April 1965 by bringing together the old local councils of Croydon and Coulsdon & Purley, both of which were in Surrey. Croydon Council is marking the anniversary with 20 large stones representing the borough’s original 20 local wards.

The stones, originally purchased from the Mayor’s Regeneration Fund, and initially placed in New Addington, are all unique and a fitting tribute to mark the Borough’s 20 original wards.

“Becoming part of London 50 years ago was a key moment in Croydon’s history, and placing these beautiful recycled stones across the borough is our way of celebrating this landmark.”

Councillor Alison Butler, deputy leader and cabinet member for homes, regeneration and planning

The locations are:

1965 Ward Name Present Day Ward Name Locations 
Addiscombe Addiscombe Junction of Morland Road and Morland Avenue
Bensham Manor Bensham Manor Trumble Gardens
Broad Green Broad Green Wandle Park
Central Fairfield The Queen’s Gardens
Coulsdon East Coulsdon East Bradmore Green pond
East Ashburton Ashburton Park
New Addington New Addington and Fieldway Milne Park
Norbury Norbury Norbury Park
Purley Purley and Kenley High Street
Sanderstead North Sanderstead and Croham Outside Sanderstead Station
Sanderstead and Selsdon Selsdon and Ballards Sanderstead Pond
Shirley Shirley and Heathfield Library
South Norwood South Norwood Norwood Junction station
Thornton Heath Thornton Heath Clocktower on Parchmore Road
Upper Norwood Upper Norwood Upper Norwood Recreation Ground
Waddon Waddon By Waddon Leisure Centre
West Thornton West Thornton Thornton Heath pond
Whitehorse Manor Selhurst Heavers Meadow
Woodcote and Coulsdon West Coulsdon West and Purley Coulsdon Library
Woodside Woodside Woodside Green


The project complements the Moving to London exhibition running until 31 October at the Museum of Croydon.

2015-07-21T16:22:39+01:00 July 21st, 2015|Recent news|