Areas We Cover in Croydon
The large town of Croydon is situated in the South part of London, within the London Borough of Croydon. This district started out as a small settlement, located within Surrey during the Norman conquest of England. During the middle ages, Croydon expanded into a vibrant market town and became a centre for brewing, leather tanning and even charcoal production. The Surrey Iron Railway, built from Croydon to Wandsworth, which opened in 1803 was the world's first public railway. It contributed to Croydon's growth, turning it into a commuter town for both London and the City of London. With the coming of the industrial revolution, the district quickly became an important industrial area, which was best known for its manufacture of cars and metal working.
In the mid 20th century, a massive redevelopment process took a hold of these sectors and replaced them with retailing, service economy and office blocks. Currently, Croydon is one of London's greatest and most important shopping centres and is very well-connected to the rest of London. The area also has a rich artistic, literary and musical culture, with many favoured venues, spread throughout the district.