Airport House, Croydon Airport






        Photos taken 5th Oct. 08.  Exteriors  South Norwood  Croydon  Crystal Palace  Waddon Ponds  Search Site
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        Random photos of the interior of Airport House, Purley (1st page of exteriors here). For brief history of airport click here.

        These were taken on the tour run by the Croydon Airport Society. The Society undertakes the tour the first sunday of every month and is open from around 10 - 4pm. Highly recommended. Well that's an understatement! I mean the tour is absolutely brilliant! The tour guide was an ex-pilot called Bob, and the info he gives on each photo of the Airport's illustrious past is just mind-blowing. What's more, he actually worked there when it was an airport from just after the 2nd World War so to have a tangible, living breathing link to the Airport as it was is priceless. Moreover, all the guides on the various parts of the tour are so proud of the Airport that you can't fail but be moved by their love for it.

        It's all free though they do ask for a 2 donation which is small change to be transported back into such an exhilarating history with people who not only actually know the value of it but know how to articulate it. Now that is rare!

        And all housed in such an exquisite Art Deco building!

        The tour also takes in some amazing memorabilia and the jaw-dropping piece for me was the Amy Johnson bag. When she died in a plane crash over the Thames Estuary during the 2nd World War her remains were never found but what was was a few of her belongings. This bag was one of them. Presented to the Society by Amy's sister, it's a send shivers down the spine type-moment to be that near to Britain's greatest aviator.

        The tour concludes in the Control Tower with the Kraftwerk-like white dummy controller working his ghostly work for time ever after. When the door closes and the last guest has gone he remains, alone for another month, working his work, until next month's first sunday comes round again.

        Do go if you can. One of the guides told me that they had about 70 people on the tour that day but as many people as possible should go if only to be in the company of such people.

        Can you read between the lines to realise that I loved it?!

        Hover over each thumbnail image for details on street and click on each to open a bigger picture.

        I'd be grateful if the photos are not used without prior permission. Please e-mail any request for usage or to obtain any photo without the copyright wording.




        Main Hall, Airport House, Croydon Airport, Purley Way - 6th Oct. 08 Main Hall, Airport House, Croydon Airport, Purley Way - 6th Oct. 08 Croydon Airport model, Main Hall, Airport House, Croydon Airport, Purley Way - 6th Oct. 08 Dome, Main Hall, Airport House, Croydon Airport, Purley Way - 6th Oct. 08 Bottom steps of Control Tower, Airport House, Croydon Airport, Purley Way. Various Croydon Airport memorabilia. - 6th Oct. 08 Bottom steps of Control Tower, Airport House, Croydon Airport, Purley Way. Various Croydon Airport memorabilia. - 6th Oct. 08

        Stairs to Control Tower, Airport House, Croydon Airport, Purley Way - 6th Oct. 08 Amy Johnson bag, Control Tower, Airport House, Croydon Airport, Purley Way - 6th Oct. 08 Controlling Dummy At Work, Control Tower, Airport House, Croydon Airport, Purley Way - 6th Oct. 08 Controlling Dummy At Work, Control Tower, Airport House, Croydon Airport, Purley Way - 6th Oct. 08 Desk, Control Tower, Airport House, Croydon Airport, Purley Way - 6th Oct. 08 Desk, Control Tower, Airport House, Croydon Airport, Purley Way - 6th Oct. 08

        Stairs to Control Tower, Airport House, Croydon Airport, Purley Way. When the Control Tower was operational the spiral staircase was the only means to get into the tower - 6th Oct. 08 Main Hall, Airport House, Croydon Airport, Purley Way - 6th Oct. 08 Main Hall, Airport House, Croydon Airport, Purley Way - 6th Oct. 08 Main Hall, Airport House, Croydon Airport, Purley Way - 6th Oct. 08 Main Hall, Airport House, Croydon Airport, Purley Way - 6th Oct. 08 Main Hall, Airport House, Croydon Airport, Purley Way - 6th Oct. 08




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