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Splashbacks of Distinction are happy to visit your Croydon property to discuss any glass project you may have. We can help with advice, supply and fitting of your new glass splashback or other glass products.
As the vast majority of place names in the Croydon area are of Anglo-Saxon origin, the theory accepted by most philologists is that the name Croydon derives originally from the Anglo-Saxon croh, meaning "crocus", and denu, "valley", indicating that, like Saffron Walden in Essex, it was a centre for the cultivation of saffron. It has been argued that this cultivation is likely to have taken place during the Roman period, when the saffron crocus would have been grown to supply the London market, most probably for medicinal purposes, and particularly for the treatment of granulation of the eyelids. Saffron is the most expensive spice in the world, and one kilogram of saffron can sell for thousands of pounds.
There is also a plausible Brittonic origin for Croydon in the form "Crai-din" meaning "settlement near fresh water", the name Crai being found in Kent at various places even as late as the Domesday Book.
Other less reliable theories of the Croydon name's origin have been proposed. The earliest mention of Croydon is in the joint will of Beorhtric and Aelfswth, dated about the year 962. In this Anglo-Saxon document the name is spelt Crogdaene. Crog was, and still is, the Norse or Danish word for crooked, which is expressed in Anglo-Saxon by crumb, a totally different word. From the Danish came our crook and crooked. This term accurately describes the locality; it is a crooked or winding valley, in reference to the valley that runs in an oblique and serpentine course from Godstone to Croydon. More recently, it has been speculated that the name of Croydon might actually come from a personal name, Crocus: he suggests a family connection with the documented Chrocus, king of the Alemanni, who allegedly played a part in the proclamation of Constantine as emperor at York in AD 306.
Croydon lies on the line of the Roman road from London to Portslade, and there is archaeological evidence for small scale Roman settlement in the area and it appears that there may have been a staging post here. Later, in the 5th to 7th centuries, a large pagan Saxon cemetery was located on what is now Park Lane, although the extent of any associated settlement is not readily known.
By the late Saxon period Croydon was the centre of an estate belonging to the Archbishops of Canterbury. The church and the archbishop's manor house occupied the area still known as Old Town. The archbishops used the manor house as an occasional place of residence. The lords of the manor dominated the life of the town well into the early modern period, and as local patrons they continue to have an influence today. Croydon appears in Domesday Book as Croindene, held by Archbishop Lanfranc.
The church had been established in the middle Saxon period, and was probably a minster church, a base for a group of clergy living a communal life. A charter issued by King Coenwulf of Mercia refers to a council that had taken place close to the monasterium of Croydon. An Anglo-Saxon will made in about 960 is witnessed by Elfsies, priest of Croydon; and the church is also mentioned in Domesday Book. The church still bears the arms of Archbishop Courtenay and Archbishop Chichele, believed to have been its benefactors.
In 1276 Archbishop Robert Kilwardby acquired a charter for a weekly market, and this probably marks the foundation of Croydon as an urban centre. Croydon developed into one of the main market towns of north east Surrey. The market place was laid out on the higher ground to the east of the manor house in the triangle now bounded by High Street, Surrey Street and Crown Hill. By the 16th century the manor house had become a substantial palace, used as the main summer home of the archbishops and visited by monarchs and other dignitaries. However, the palace gradually became dilapidated and surrounded by slums and stagnant ponds, and in 1781 the archbishops sold it, and in its place purchased a new residence at nearby Addington. Nevertheless, many of the buildings of the original Croydon Palace survive, and are in use today as Old Palace School.
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Splashbacks of Distinction is the trading name of RDC Glass Ltd