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Walking Tour: Polaroids of Croydon

John Grindrod
Join John Grindrod, author of Iconicon and Concretopia, on a walk around the endlessly rebuilt Croydon town centre. Exclusively for Faber Members.

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2:00 pm
About the Event

Join John Grindrod, author of Iconicon and Concretopia, on a walk around the endless rebuilding of Croydon town centre. On the eve of the millennium John Grindrod took polaroids to capture the postwar buildings of the town where he’d been born, and felt sure were soon to disappear. That walk forms the basis of one of the chapters from his new book, Iconicon: A Journey Around the Landmark Buildings of Contemporary Britain. This walking tour retraces his steps on a fun and informative architectural exploration of an overlooked suburban centre, and tells the story of the last few decades of Britain through the urban design, pop culture and social history of a town caught on the cusp of sitcom punchline and hipster cool.

The route will take in the celebrated Threepenny Bit building, the ghosts of modern towers, traces of Medieval, Victorian and Art Deco Croydon, long-disappeared theatres and cinemas, the Fairfield Halls arts centre and all sorts of extraordinary new landmarks and pop-ups.

The duration of the walk will be two and a half hours.

Image credit: Richard de Pesando

What To Expect
  • Ticket buyers will be informed of the meeting point and the tour will commence from that location
  • The tour will last approximately two and a half hours, including a stop for a hot drink (included in ticket price)
  • The tour will go ahead unless there are extreme weather conditions which prevent travel to/from Croydon – please dress appropriately
  • The tour will end in Waterstones in the Whitgift Centre, Croydon, where John will sign copies of Iconicon
About the Author

John Grindrod is the author of Concretopia: A Journey Around the Rebuilding of Postwar Britain (2013) and Outskirts: Living Life on the Edge of the Green Belt (2017), which was shortlisted for the Wainwright Prize. @Grindrod /

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A captivating exploration of Britain’s most iconic contemporary buildings, from the Barratt home to the Millennium Dome.