Croydon Local Studies Library

The Fairfield Halls are deeply indebted to the excellent resources and staff of the Croydon Local Studies Library, without whose help this archive website would have been impossible to produce.

The Croydon Local Studies Library

Croydon Local Studies Library and Archives Service is the place to go to find out about Croydon: past, present and future. The Service is used by local historians, family historians, students, residents and visitors: in short, anyone who is interested in finding out about any aspect of Croydon’s history. As the name implies, LSL&A is actually two services: the Local Studies Library collects published material. Sources held by the Local Studies Library include books, photographs, maps and plans, local newspapers, sales particulars, street directories, electoral rolls and parish registers.

Croydon Archives Service collects unique manuscript material created by Croydon Council (or its predecessors), other organisations or individuals that has been retained because it has been deemed worthy of permanent preservation. These include such ‘treasures’ as the terrier of Croydon from 1492, original letters of Archbishop John Whitgift, bell tuning records of Gillett and Johnston and D.H.Lawrence’s application form to become a teacher in Croydon. The oldest document held dates from 1291 so they can say, proudly, that they are looking after over 700 years of history.

All the material held by Croydon Local Studies Library and Archives Service is reference only so it will always be available for everyone to consult. No appointment is necessary for most sources although material held in the archive collections needs to be requested in advance. Please contact them for more details, especially if you are travelling from a distance.


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