Croydon Airport was an airport in South London, England. It was the main airport for London before it was replaced by Northolt Aerodrome, London Heathrow Airport and Gatwick Airport. The terminal building and entrance lodge are Grade II listed buildings.
OriginIn 1915, Beddington Aerodrome was established – one of a number of small airfields around London that were created for protection against Zeppelin raids during the First World War. In 1916 a wooden air traffic control and Customs building was built on one of these two aerodromes. Waddon Aerodrome opened in 1918, adjoining National Aircraft Factory No. 1, to serve aircraft test flights. The two airfields were on each side of Plough Lane (the lane running north from Russell Hill near Purley, in the accompanying old map).
The two aerodromes were combined following the end of the First World War to become Croydon Aerodrome, the gateway for all international flights to and from London. The new aerodrome opened on 29 March 1920. Plough Lane remained a public road crossing the site, and road traffic was halted when necessary, first by a man with a red flag and later by a gate. The aerodrome stimulated a growth in regular scheduled flights carrying passengers, mail and freight, the first destinations being Paris, Amsterdam and Rotterdam. Two flights daily from Paris were scheduled for ease of communication with London during the Paris Peace Conference.
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Croydon Airport Visitor Centre Reviews
Well worth a visit. London's first International airport. History made here. Tells the story of the airport with plenty of museum peices more »
Great place to visit for an hour or two. Easy to park and all in all very smart. Nice staff and pleased to take their time and very helpfull. A piece of history well worth the time to visit. Check..... more »
Very interesting and informative tour of the building. First time visiting. Some really lovely photo of the 1920s. Was interesting to be able to go into the control tower. Some great artifacts of Amy Johnson's flight. Well worth a visit.
Somewhere I had been meaning to go for years and it was wonderful. You get a guided tour and then you're free to wonder the small museum at the top of the tower and enjoy the photos in the corridor and booking hall.
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