Croydon Airport sign unveiled to mark original airfield
MOST people are aware of the importance of Croydon as the home of London's first commercial airport.
And most associate that with the terminal buildings still standing off Purley Way in Croydon.
Last Wednesday, the airport's earlier history was marked by the unveiling of a new sign close to the site of the first airfield in Mollison Drive, on the Roundshaw estate.
The sign has been designed by the Croydon Airport Society and incorporates an original painting by society member Barry Weekley, which depicts some of the commercial aircraft which flew from the airfield and the then original customs shed.
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Funds were provided by Sutton Council and the sign was unveiled by the Mayor of Sutton, Councillor Gerry Jerome.
The airfield was established as a fighter base to defend London from air attack in the First World War.
After the war it became a civilian airport and only closed when the new purpose-built airport opened in 1928.
Dennis Goswell, publicity coordinator for Croydon Airport Society, said: "The original airfield is not as well known because there is nothing left now to show where it was. That is reason for the sign."