Talk:Croydon Airport

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Wasn't Gatwick the official London airport after Croydon but before Heathrow? Eclecticology 01:07 Dec 8, 2002 (UTC)

Heathrow was designated as London Airport as far back as 1946. Gatwick came very much later. Sorry it took me so long to reply. Dieter Simon 01:40 Dec 24, 2002

Croydon - Peace in our Time speech[edit]

Wasn't Heston the location for this speech - it is noted on the page for that aerodrome? Phileadie 12:29, 4 April 2007 (UTC)

Yes, it ceertainly was. Have put in a blockquote to that effect from one of the cited books. Dieter Simon 00:53, 5 April 2007 (UTC)


I just changed the lat/long data slightly as Google Earth is showing Croydon Airport slightly west of Carshalton station. However, the original data was accurate enough - I wonder why it is not being picked up correctly. Ricagambeda 23:27, 30 July 2007 (UTC)

Bob Learmonth[edit]

Oops, yes, you are absolutely right. It should have been Bob Learmonth all along. Thank you for changing it. Dieter Simon 00:15, 10 August 2007 (UTC)

Two original airfields?[edit]

Referring to Croydon Airport, the article says:

It originated as two adjacent World War I airfields - Beddington Aerodrome, ... , and Waddon Aerodrome ...


At the end of that war, the two airfields were combined into London's official airport

But Beddington (according to the coordinates in the article Beddington) is situated to the north of the railway line from West Croydon to Sutton, which must surely pre-date Croydon Airport, whilst Waddon and the remains of Croydon Airport are to the south. So these statements seem to raise more questions than they answer:

  1. Where exactly was Beddington Aerodrome
  2. How were the two airfields combined
  3. Did planes have to cross the railway

etc. -- Chris j wood (talk) 11:58, 7 January 2008 (UTC)

from [1] At the end of the war, the decision was taken to combine the two airfields, and to make them the 'Air Port of London' - the capital's official customs airport, the point of entry or departure for all international flights. Croydon Airport (or Croydon Aerodrome, as it was at first called) opened on 29 March 1920. The airport's origins as two separate airfields meant that it was physically divided by Plough Lane: the two halves were linked by a level crossing, where road traffic had to be halted at first by a man with a red flag, and later by a gate. if that helps. MilborneOne (talk) 12:43, 7 January 2008 (UTC)

Booking Hall - TimeZone Tower[edit]

The octagonal structure in the booking hall, I believe, was a departure board showing up to 16 departure times - not timezones in different areas of the world. The boards underneath each clock showing the destinations. Source for this was a tour of the building. Also if you look at pictures of the tower you soon realise that the clocks are not aligned on minutes as they would be if timezones. Phileadie (talk) 19:23, 5 June 2011 (UTC)

Pollard and Bebb[edit]

The article refers to these two men as being members of Special Operations Executive, but this organisation was not created until July 1940, some four years later. Some clarification is required. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 09:39, 28 September 2011 (UTC)

The relevant organisation involved was probably MI6. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 12:17, 10 November 2011 (UTC)

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