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