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Old April 2nd, 2006, 12:11 PM   #1
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Croydon Town Centre

Right, here is my first ever photo thread! Please, be nice...

Woke up on Saturday morning to the realisation that, due to the previous night's debauchery, I'd torn my last pair of jeans beyond repair. So I took a trip down to my local "shopping paradise" to get some new threads and whilst I was there, I took a few snaps :

A few up and down Wellesley Road; Croydon's main thoroughfare.















Due to the numerous lanes of road traffic and tram lines, pedestrians are forced to either negotiate a number of crossings or descend into one of the subways.



George Street and a Tramlink tram.



North End - Croydon's (mostly) pedestrianised high street.





Took these next two from inside Croydon's new shopping mall. First, looking towards Purley. The chimneys on the right, now an Ikea store, used to be part of Croydon 'B' Power Station.



I can see the arch from here!



The historic Clocktower, home to exhibitions and soon, the Museum of Croydon?!



One of my fave buildings in the area. HSBC always seem to be a cut above the rest in terms of architecture...



Three government buildings; Apollo, Lunar and Taberner House. They contain offices for Croydon Council and Home Office.







Renovation has started on the town's tallest building, the NLA tower. Known as the '20p building' it should look much better when finished.









New construction next to Lunar House. I have no idea what this is going to be. Any ideas?



They say "my home is my palace". In my case it is - Crystal Palace!



Only ended up buying one pair of friggin' jeans in the end! Hope you enjoyed these pics guys.
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Old April 2nd, 2006, 01:44 PM   #2
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Excellent work [email protected] Very impressive collection of images.

I can't believe you can see the Wembley Arch from Croydon. I'm speechless!

Croydon's skyline has always impressed me as its larger than most UK provincial city's -London's 3rd largest by a long shot. Its extended catchment is relatively wealthy and its links to Central London by train plus location halfway to Gatwick Airport make it a great business location.
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Great pics, I like the fact that Croydon has a tram network. Although the place has a bad reputation doesn't it, or am I thinking of somewhere else?
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^ Maybe youre thinking of Brixton?Croydons cool nice pics
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Old April 2nd, 2006, 04:44 PM   #5
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Croydon deserves City Status and I'm sick of people in Croydon calling it London.
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Croydon deserves City Status and I'm sick of people in Croydon calling it London.
Ever heard of the "LONDON Borough of Croydon"?
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Ever heard of the "LONDON Borough of Croydon"?
Yh I know. It's just like saying Salford is in Manchester... when it's in Greater Manchester!
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I have always seen Croydon as just a part of south London (and it is - London borough of croydon), the reason why it has developed the way it has is because central London is just up the road.
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^ Maybe youre thinking of Brixton?Croydons cool
Brixton and Croydon both suffer high levels of crime (especially gun and drug-related). No offence, but in this respect I'd hardly describe Croydon as "cool". The station in particular is one of the most dangerous in London, with one of the highest recorded number of muggings in the capital. These pics are interesting though - high density, lots of midrises, and a very urban feel. I like that clock tower, and the view of the Crystal Palace towers.
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Brixton and Croydon both suffer high levels of crime (especially gun and drug-related). No offence, but in this respect I'd hardly describe Croydon as "cool".
By saying "cool" I meant that Croydon looks cool - tall buildings and stuff.
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nice pictures [email protected], thanks for sharing them with us, we definitely need more Croydon pics

I would go and take some pics of Croydon but I'm scared I'll get mugged
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always interesting to see places you wouldn't normally see like croydon, or merthyr tydfil.

wellesley road looks like maid marian way in notts but more modern less ugly, and much cleaner. is croydon really a crime hotspot? always thought it was basically a vastly overgrown suburb/suburban town - not exactly a crime ridden shithole?!
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is croydon really a crime hotspot?
Most definitely yes.
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I found Croydon to be quite different to other London boroughs. It feels really American with that wide street in the centre and lots of mid rises built around it, all surrounded by small suburban houses.

Never knew it had a high crime rate. I always thought it was very nice and safe, for some reason
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Is that arch in one of the pictures actually the Wembley stadium arch? Is it really possible to get such a clear view of it, considering that the distance between Wembley and Croydon is so big (they're in the opposite sides of Greater London!)?
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Croydon isn't especially dangerous Fox. It's a mixture. There are some rough areas but they're not nearly as rough as Brixton and there are also lots of wealthy suburbs around there too. Many businesses have major HQs in Croydon. Its' proximity to Gatwick and relatively low rents make it attractive. Croydon also has good shopping and a wide selection of restaurants - nothing exceptional - but a good selection of mid-range places nonetheless. Croydon's nightlife is also lively but it's a bit chavvy and provincial compared to the West End or the more trendy suburbs closer in.
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^im sensing he's had some kind of bad crime-related experience in the c.r.o.........
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Yh I know. It's just like saying Salford is in Manchester... when it's in Greater Manchester!
As far as i'm concerned, and I know this is a touchy subject with people from Salfod, its nothing more than an administrative district containing suburbs of Manchester. It borders Manchester City centre for God's sake.

Croydon was swallowed up by the metropolis decades/centuries ago like many areas of London, inlcuding Brixton and Camberwell which were once outlying villages. Its also within the London Green Belt which was established to prevent London sprawling. There is no countryside between 'London' and Croydon.

The arguement that it is Surrey is also obsolete. It may be Surrey as far as the Post Office is concerned but thats it. It simply falls outside the London postal district. The Post Office still use Middlesex for large swathes of West London and Middlesex hasn't existed in any way shape or form for decades. By saying that Croydon is not London (and therefore Surrey) you could also argue that Brixton, Clapham, Waterloo and Bankside are Surrey too because they all once were.
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Very nice pics.

I can see the building under renovation from my bedroom.

That arch photo is amazing! What zoom did you use?
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Cheers for the comments guys. I'll be sure to post some more pics of my various travels.

Monkey - agree with everything you said there mate. Croydon does have a history of crime but it's definitely cleaned up in the last 10 years or so. West Croydon's still a bit dodgy though.

SE9 - My digicam's got 10x zoom and I think I probably maxed it out when taking that photo. I was amazed when I saw it!
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