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The lost railway station in the centre of Croydon you never knew existed

The lost railway station in the centre of Croydon you never knew existed
Jan 13, 2020 Shaking Hands 0 comments

This post was first published by My London on 10/01/2020.

Croydon Town Hall is a beautiful building in the center of Croydon, however, what used to be there isn’t something that’s known by many.

Central Croydon railway station was originally opened in 1868 and extended a branch from New Croydon to Croydon Central.

For those of you who are thinking where on Earth New Croydon is, listen up.

New Croydon was the name given to the additional platforms added to East Croydon when the Victoria line was built.

Central Croydon was built in an attempt to better connect East Croydon as the station was deemed too far from the hustle and bustle of the town centre.

The Queen’s Gardens stands on the former site of Croydon Central Station (Image: Ravenseft)

It was listed in an Ordnance Survey of the time as Katharine Street Station, however, it opened as Central Croydon Station in 1868 after an apparent change of heart from those constructing it.

The station, however, was largely unsuccessful as limited footfall and customers complaining of a poor service meant it was not economically viable to keep open.

Despite the stations convenient location in the town centre it was opened and closed a number of times between 1868 and 1890 due to it being quicker to change at New Croydon to get into London.

Central Croydon opened in 1868

The station, which included a two story station master’s house at the North End, closed for the last time in September 1890 and trains were cut back to New Croydon.

Today Croydon has two Overground train stations, West Croydon, East Croydon.

The beautiful building that stands in the place of the former Central Croydon station today is the Croydon Town Hall constructed by Charles Henman in 1896.

The piece of land where Central Croydon station once stood was reportedly sold for £11,500 in 1890.