Lewisham Bus Station to Croydon (Fairfield Halls)
Monday May 17th 2010
Jo being up North doing clever things for the University of the 3rd Age, Mary and I were left in charge of photography and scribing respectively on what is often a workaday get-around-South-London bus for me. Still we will try to do it justice.
'Thorpes' built between 1901-14 and designated a conservation area in 2001 due to the ‘consistency of the building materials’ following a Queen Anne style with brickwork and pargetting and in sharp contrast to the smart new build Forest Hill Boys’ School. The 75 then crosses Sydenham High Street towards Penge along lanes where you would scarcely think two double deckers would pass. Off to the side are very charming houses in Victor, Albert, Edward and Tennyson Roads which gives you some idea of when they were built.
That they still survive is something of a miracle as Penge was very heavily bombed.
Clearly the Number 75 has been serving the locals for years but today we were not heading to heaven, merely Croydon.
The run down into Croydon is less than inspiring though it is interesting to reflect that Croydon had high rise buildings long before central London, which is of course why so many of them are looking slightly tired. Central Croydon is a canyon of sorts. Today we noticed a new phoenix rising from the ashes of a previous building proclaiming on the hoardings ‘live in extraordinary beauty’ . This proves to be the IYLO Building - it’s on a traffic island /roundabout?
There is no doubt that Croydon is a city in its own right with terrific transport links of all sorts and shopping and eating facilities that operate virtually round the clock – today the traffic was smooth and we made our final stop in 55 minutes – the faithful old Fairfield Halls – long time venue for theatre music etc having delivered an entire bus load of satisfied passengers to their chosen destination.
We did wonder whether the popularity of the bus was due in any way to the fact that Croydon houses both the Home Office and the offices of the UK Border Agency…