The Past and Present of Croydon's London Road

No more articles until 2021

1 August 2020

I’m taking a break from publishing until 2021.

As I’m sure you can all imagine, the Covid-19 pandemic has made it impossible for me to go out and talk to shopkeepers, visit Croydon’s archives, look through planning records at the Council offices, and consult books, journals, and maps at the British Library.

I had a fair bit of information already collected, which I’ve been working through since I last left the house in early March, but I’ve now got to the point where I really do need to put things on hold until it’s safe to go out and do the research activities I can’t do from home. I don’t envisage this happening until 2021 at the earliest.

In the meantime, please enjoy this photo of my breakfast at Opan, 204 London Road, late last year. I’m very much looking forward to being able to go out for a Croydon breakfast and a morning of working-from-cafe again.

Avocado toast and a mug of tea at Opan, 204 London Road, December 2019. Photo (and breakfast): author’s own.
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