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Local Newspapers

Introduction

Newspapers are a superb source for researching family and local history, or for looking up more recent events.  We have issues of local Croydon newspapers (see details in the tables below) dating from 1855 to the present.  In the past, especially in the nineteenth century, the press carried very detailed reports of local governing bodies, such as the School Board and Local Board of Health, and are an essential source for studying the development of Croydon.   There were also lengthy obituaries, lists of burials in local cemeteries, and sometimes incredibly detailed accounts of weddings.  Newspapers can also be very useful for studying the First and Second World Wars, despite censorship restrictions.   The effects of rationing, evacuation and air raids, and the changing roles of women, can all be traced.

Picture of wedding party, from the Croydon Times, 1928
Wedding picture, from the Croydon Times, 1928

There is a large collection of newspapers clippings relating to individual topics, such as local buildings, fairs and markets, and wartime.   Since the late 1980s, all current newspapers have been indexed on a computer database.  Prior to then, there are partial indexes relating to particular subjects and places. There are also biographical files containing clippings about prominent local people.

Picture of Local Newspaper

Current Newspapers

  • Croydon Advertiser - 1869-current (microfilm)
  • Coulsdon and Purley Advertiser - 1943-47 (microfilm), 1950-current (at Purley Reference Library), 1966-current (microfilm)
  • New Addington Advertiser - 23 October 1993-current
  • Croydon Post (previously Croydon Midweek Post) - March 1983-current
  • Croydon Guardian - April 1991-current

Non-current Newspapers

  • Coulsdon and Purley Weekly Record - 1913-1940
  • Coulsdon, Purley and District News - Nov 1931-Feb 1933
  • Croydon Chronicle - 1855-1912 incomplete
  • Croydon Citizen - March-Dec 1907
  • Croydon Echo 28 Sept - 1887-10 Oct 1889
  • Croydon Express - 1889; 1897; 1899; 1912
  • Croydon Free Press - 28 Feb 1866; 28 June-13 Sept 1865
  • Croydon Guardian - 1877-1904
  • Croydon Monthly Standard - Sept-Dec 1891
  • Croydon Observer - 1860-1904
  • Croydon, Penge, Anerley & Norwood Telephone - 10 May-14 June 1912
  • Croydon Review - 1879-1895
  • Croydon Standard - Jan-March 1892
  • Croydon Star - 20 Nov 1889-5 Nov 1892
  • Croydon Times - June 1861-1967
  • Norwood Advertiser - 6 Jan-17 Feb 1872
  • Norwood News - 1868-1967 incomplete
  • Norwood Pioneer - May-Dec 1920
  • Norwood Weekly Herald - 1898; 1902; 1903-1909; Dec 1910; 1911 incomplete
  • Purley and Coulsdon Entertainment Guide - 19 Sept 1936-2 Jan 1937
  • Purley and District MCC Gazette - March-Sept 1912
  • Purley, Caterham and Oxted Gazette - 1903-1913 incomplete
  • Purley Press - 8 Jan-31 Dec 1910; 14 Jan-27 Dec 1911

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