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“A pleasant surprise away from the centre of Croydon”
Review of Croydon Minster

Croydon Minster
Reviewed 4 September 2017

It is strange to find, slightly away from the hustle and bustle of the town, the church and graveyard of Croydon Minster, a designation the Church of St John the Baptist was given in 2011. There are strong links to Canterbury, with the summer residence of the Archbishop of Canterbury having been in Croydon Palace (still part of the nearby Old Palace School) and six Archbishops of Canterbury are buried in the church: Edmund Grindal (d.1583), John Whitgift (d.1604), Gilbert Sheldon (d.1677), William Wake (d.1737), John Potter (d.1747), and Thomas Herring (d.1757), all in tombs saved from a great fire which destroyed the church in 1867.

The church’s history goes back to the Saxon period and it is mentioned in the Doomsday Book of 1086, though it was substantially rebuilt in the late 14th and early 15th centuries. Following the fire of 1867, the church was rebuilt to designs of Sir Giles Gilbert Scott, incorporating some of the medieval remains, most notably the west tower and the south porch, in addition to monuments and other fittings.

While there are no leaflets describing the main features of the church, there are information notices on, for example, the historic tombs.

The church also has an impressive four manual pipe organ by William Hill & Sons, dating from 1869. I would love to go to an organ concert and hear it in full flight - I imagine it will be magnificent.

1  Thank Ian C
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Reviewed 9 August 2017 via mobile

It's a very busy place . I didn't particularly find the locals nice or anywhere really nice for dinner . Also very 'studenty' for me personally

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Reviewed 2 August 2017

Beautiful old church in the centre of Croydon but once inside the peace and serenity is quite amazing. The architecture is beautiful and transports you back in time.

Thank Andy G
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Reviewed 4 May 2017

We recently visited Croydon Minster, a beautiful church within the old town of Croydon. The interior is lovely and the church members were very nice - welcoming and informative. The church boasts an exceptional male choir.

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Reviewed 26 April 2017

An absolutely beautiful church with stunning architecture and a calming ambience. The church has an excellent choir and a wonderful minister. The church is very close to the town centre, but try and access by foot as the parking is a bit of a nightmare. Really worth a visit.

Thank Vishna
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