Addington, Croydon

A North Downs village situated two-and-a-half miles east of South Croydon

The grounds of Addington Palace are now home to a golf club

Addington’s name relates to a Saxon landowner and the manor was mentioned in Domesday Book as being held by Tezelin, the king’s cook. This was later the site of one of Henry VIII’s hunting lodges.

Addington Palace, a rather plain mansion built in 1780 with grounds landscaped by Capability Brown, was a home of the archbishops of Canterbury in the 19th century. During the following century it was success­ively a diamond merchant’s home, a Red Cross hospital, a hotel and a music college, and is now an events venue, notably for weddings.

Five archbishops of Canterbury are buried at St Mary the Blessed Virgin and are remembered in many memorials, decor­a­tions and windows around the church, which dates from 1080 but is now mainly Victorian, following extensive renov­a­tions.

Addington has a cricket club founded in 1743 and several golf courses in the surrounding parkland, including one in the grounds of the palace, shown in the photo at the top. Addington Hills are to the west, near Upper Shirley.

The village has kept itself at arm’s length from the much larger settlement of New Addington to the south-east, but has suffered a decline with the loss of its school and village shop. The arrival of the Croydon Tramlink helped Addington’s access­ib­ility, but the stop is not conveni­ently situated because the line needs to bear south­wards for New Addington.

A ghost story told at Addington by the Archbishop of Canterbury to Henry James inspired the author to write ‘The Turn of the Screw’.

Postcode area: Croydon, CR0
Tramstop: Tramlink Route 3 (Addington Village, zones 3, 4, 5, 6)
Further reading: Raymond Wheeler, Shirley and Addington, History Press, 2003