Croydon expanded in the Middle Ages as a market town and a centre for charcoal production, leather tanning and brewing.
The Surrey Iron Railway from Croydon to Wandsworth opened in 1803 and was the world's first public railway.
Dating women in croydon area
It has been argued that this cultivation is likely to have taken place in the Roman period, when the saffron crocus would have been grown to supply the London market, most probably for medicinal purposes, and particularly for the treatment of granulation of the eyelids.
There is also a plausible Brittonic origin for Croydon in the form "Crai-din" meaning "settlement near fresh water" (Cf "Creuddyn" Cardiganshire), the name Crai (variously spelled) being found in Kent at various places even as late as the Domesday Book "The earliest mention of Croydon is in the joint will of Beorhtric and Aelfswth, dated about the year 962.
The town lies on the line of the Roman road from London to Portslade, and there is some archaeological evidence for small-scale Roman settlement in the area: there may have been a mansio (staging-post) here.
By the late Saxon period Croydon was the hub of an estate belonging to the Archbishops of Canterbury.
Croydon is a large town in south London, England, 9.5 miles (15.3 km) south of Charing Cross.
The principal settlement in the London Borough of Croydon, it is one of the largest commercial districts outside Central London, with an extensive shopping district and night-time economy.
Croydon lies on a transport corridor between central London and the south coast of England, to the north of two gaps in the North Downs, one followed by the A23 Brighton Road through Purley and Merstham and the main railway line and the other by the A22 from Purley to the M25 Godstone interchange.
Road traffic is diverted away from a largely pedestrianised town centre, mostly consisting of North End.
East Croydon is a major hub of the national railway transport system, with frequent fast services to central London, Brighton and the south coast.
The town is unique in Greater London for its Tramlink light rail transport system.
A charter issued by King Coenwulf of Mercia refers to a council that had taken place close to the monasterium (meaning minster) of Croydon.