Croydon Airport






        Photos taken 21st & 28th September 08.  Airport House Interiors  Amy Johnson  Amelia Earhart  Waddon Ponds  Search
        _________________________________________________________________________________________________________________


        The Photos
        A U G U S T  1 1

        A few pictures of Reeves Corner after the riots in August 2011 are here.


        June 2010

      • Added page and pre-order details on the UK Dvd, They Flew Alone (The Wings of a Woman), the first time ever it has been released in the UK on Dvd. Shot in the early 1940s and starring Anna Neagle, the film tells the story of Croydon Airport's finest, Amy Johnson. Click here for more details.


        dvd
        Pre-Order:
        They Flew Alone (The Wings of a Woman)
        UK Dvd


      • Added brief biography on Amy Johnson


      • Random photos of Croydon Airport, Purley Way, South London. Croydon Airport was the main airport in the UK between the wars and the 1930s were really its heyday. It became the gateway to glamourous destinations such as Paris, Amsterdam, Rotterdam and Berlin. How glamourous? Well, Mr Glamour himself, Cary Grant, mentions it in Hitchcock's classic film, Suspicion (1941). Other famous connections (and not so tenous) include Charles Lindbergh, who flew into Croydon in 1927 shortly after completing the first solo trans-Atlantic flight and Amy Johnson, the first woman to fly from Croydon to Australia (she stayed in the next door Aerodrome Hotel the night before her trip), later to return to Croydon to a jubilant welcome of some 100,000 spectators.

        There are many other conncetions of famous people linked to the airport but they are too numerous to mention here except my favourite: that the great Jesse Owens, shortly after his Berlin Olympics heroics in Nazi Germany in 1936 flew into Croydon Airport and with his team-mates was forced to sleep in an air hangar. Terrible he had to do so but imagine the feeling I got when taking these photos. In this area the undisputed icon of 20th-century sport once shared the same space. Lordy, just thinking of it as I write these words makes the hair on the back of my head stand on end.

        Imperial Airways operated from the airport.

        During the 2nd World War it served as a vital role as a fighter station during the Battle of Britain and was attacked in the first major raid over the London area.

        After the war it returned to its civilian role but it soon became evident that with the inexorable technical advances that post-war airliners were going to be bigger and air traffic was going to expand way beyond the Airport's capability. Croydon Airport simply didn't have any more room to expand. A decision was made to close it in 1952 and its last last scheduled flight departed on 30 September 1959.

        Today, what remains are the Art Deco buildings of the terminal building and the Aerodrome Hotel which I have photographed. Also the famous control tower (now part of the Croydon Airport Museum which is well worth a visit and open on the first Sunday of every month). From the outside, rather sadly, the tower can only be glimpsed at in-between nondescript light industrial units. A building of beauty in the company of ugliness. The road behind it, Imperial Way, is neither imperial or worthy of being associated with Imperial Airways.

        I have also photographed the war memorial to the dead of the Second World War which was unveiled on the Purley Way, close to the airport site, in 1991; the De Havilland Heron outside Airport House; and what remains of the runway tarmac on what is now a nature reserve. The only souls who bother to use the crumbling tarmac these days are walkers, motorbike joyriders and model airplane enthusiasts. Oh, I almost forgot the sunday league footballers who have to pass to get to the nearby pitches. I dare say that in years to come it will crumble to nothing so its former use will be but a rumour, a whisper.

        I have also photographed a couple of gorgeous buildings near it which would have been there in its glory days and the comparatively recent and hideous complex opposite.

        I for one feel sad taking these photos. Those light industrial units which have sprung up around the airport almost swallow or swamp it. Sure the nearby streets have the names of famous aviators but I feel it is but a token nod to its historic past. Why it couldn't have been kept on as an airport for light aircraft is beyond me. I'm sure it would have flourished as a genteel alternative to the nightmare hell that is Heathrow and modern-day air travel. I just wish I had the money to actually do something about it but I don't. But just imagine offering air travel in renovated old aircraft with staff and a terminal styled from the 1930s ... oh well a man can dream!

        Do we not owe the past anything?

        Hover over each thumbnail image for details on picture and click on each to open a bigger picture.

        I'd be grateful if the photos are not used without prior permission. Please e-mail any request for usage or to obtain any photo without the copyright wording.

        Croydon Airport Museum Contact Details:
        The General Secretary, Croydon Airport Society, Airport House, Purley Way, Croydon, London, CRO 0XZ. Tel/Fax: 02086 691196. e-mail: cas.cavc@hotmail.co.uk, Website: Croydon Airport Society



        I would love to take photos of other places and of course mainting this page costs money so if you enjoy what you see then I would be grateful if you could make a donation by using the button below. Any amount would be appreciated.

        Best, Paul X

        To make a donation offline please e-mail here and I will e-mail you with methods of payment.



        Aerodrome Hotel, Purley Way  - Sept. 08 Aerodrome Hotel, Purley Way  - Sept. 08 Routemaster outside Airport House, Purley Way  - Sept. 08 Routemaster & The De Havilland Heron outside Airport House, Purley Way  - Sept. 08 The De Havilland Heron outside Airport House, Purley Way  - Sept. 08 Airport House, Purley Way  - Sept. 08

        Airport House, Purley Way  - Sept. 08 Airport House, Purley Way  - Sept. 08 The De Havilland Heron outside Airport House, Purley Way - Sept. 08 The De Havilland Heron outside Airport House, Purley Way - Sept. 08 The De Havilland Heron outside Airport House, Purley Way - Sept. 08 Rayon D'Or Restaurant, Airport House, Purley Way - Sept. 08

        Aerodrome Hotel, Purley Way  - Sept. 08 Airport House, Purley Way  - Sept. 08 The De Havilland Heron outside Airport House, Purley Way - Sept. 08 War Memorial to the dead of the Second World War which was unveiled on the Purley Way, close to the airport site, in 1991 - Sept. 08 Manipulated image. War Memorial to the dead of the Second World War which was unveiled on the Purley Way, close to the airport site, in 1991 - Sept. 08 Where the old Croydon airfield used to be - now people can fly model kites.  Purley Way - Sept. 08

        War Memorial to the dead of the Second World War which was unveiled on the Purley Way, close to the airport site, in 1991 - Sept. 08 Tarmac of the runway of Croydon Airport airfield, Purley Way - Sept. 08 War Memorial to the dead of the Second World War which was unveiled on the Purley Way, close to the airport site, in 1991. Picture taken from where the remains of the runway are - Sept. 08 Bourjois House, Queensway, near Croydon Airport - 28th Sept. 08 MSL,  Merlin House, 606 Purley Way, Croydon, near Croydon Airport - 28th Sept. 08 MSL,  Merlin House, 606 Purley Way, Croydon, near Croydon Airport - 28th Sept. 08

        MSL,  Merlin House, 606 Purley Way, Croydon, near Croydon Airport - 28th Sept. 08 The De Havilland Heron outside Airport House, Purley Way - Sept. 08 Croydon Airport control tower , Purley Way, from Imperial Way - Sept. 08 Bourjois House, Queensway, near Croydon Airport - 28th Sept. 08 Croydon Airport control tower, Purley Way, from Imperial Way - 28th Sept. 08 Croydon Airport control tower, Purley Way, from Imperial Way - 28th Sept. 08




        >>  previous  1  |  2  |  3   next  <<



        I would love to take photos of other places and of course mainting this page costs money so if you enjoy what you see then I would be grateful if you could make a donation by using the button below. Any amount would be appreciated.

        Best, Paul X

        To make a donation offline please e-mail here and I will e-mail you with methods of payment.



        art store links page



        _________________________________________________________________________________________________________________


        {  R e c o m m e n d e d  R e a d i n g  }


        Croydon Airport (Archive Photographs)


        _________________________________________________________________________________________________________________


         South Norwood  Croydon  Amy Johnson  Amelia Earhart  Waddon Ponds  Search Site  Top of Page

        © Lenin Imports                                                                                 E-mail

        _________________________________________________________________________________________________________________