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Croydon Minster

Croydon Minster
The Minster Church of St John Baptist at Croydon
Croydon Minster from the North East
Country United Kingdom
Denomination Church of England
Dedication John the Baptist
Style English Gothic
Parish Croydon
Deanery Croydon Central deanery
Archdeaconry Croydon archdeaconry
Episcopal area Croydon area
Diocese Diocese of Southwark
Vicar(s) Colin J Luke Boswell
Curate(s) Milo Brandon
Organist/Director of music Ronny Krippner
Organist(s) Tom Little, Martin How
Organ scholar Nick Graham
Churchwarden(s) Gail Winter

Croydon Minster is the parish and civic church of the London Borough of Croydon. There are currently more than 35 churches in the borough, with Croydon Minster being the most prominent.[1] It is Grade I listed.

Six Archbishops of Canterbury were buried in the church: in date order these were Edmund Grindal, John Whitgift, Gilbert Sheldon, William Wake, John Potter, and Thomas Herring.


  • History 1
  • Organ 2
  • Organists and Masters of Choristers 3
  • Bells 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6


The church was established in the middle Saxon period, and is believed to have been a minster church: one which served as a base for a group of clergy living a communal life, who may have taken some pastoral responsibility for the population of the surrounding district. A charter issued by King Coenwulf of Mercia refers to a council which had taken place close to what is called the monasterium (meaning minster) of Croydon.[2] An Anglo-Saxon will made in about 960 is witnessed by Elfsies, priest of Croydon; and the church is also mentioned in Domesday Book (1086).

The earliest clear record of the church's dedication to St John the Baptist is found in the will of John de Croydon, fishmonger, dated 6 December 1347, which includes a bequest to "the church of S. John de Croydon".[3]

In its final medieval form, the church was mainly a Perpendicular-style structure of late 14th and early 15th-century date. It still bears the arms of archbishops Courtenay and Chicheley, believed to have been its benefactors.

In 1867 the medieval building was gutted by fire. Under the direction of Sir

  • Croydon Minster official website
  • Croydon bell ringers website
  • Antiquities of Croydon Church, destroyed by fire, January 5th, 1867 : with numerous woodcuts, drawn from its fine monuments previously to their destruction (1867)

External links

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The tower and ringers are affiliated to the Surrey Association of Church Bell Ringers.

The tower houses a ring of 12 coronation of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth in 1937.


Organists Emeritus

Organists Laureate

  • John Rhodes 1857 - 1868
  • Frederick Cambridge 1868 - 1911
  • F. Rowland Tims 1911 - 1918
  • H. Leslie Smith 1918 - 1948
  • Edward Shakespeare 1948 - 1952
  • J. A. Rogans (Hon) 1952 - 1953
  • B. Aldersea 1952 - 1957
  • J. A. Rogans (Hon) 1957 - 1958
  • Derek Holman 1958 - 1965
  • Roy Massey 1965 - 1968
  • Michael Fleming 1968 - 1978[5]
  • David Brookshaw 1978 - 1980
  • Simon Lole 1980 - 1985
  • Carl Jackson 1986 - 1990
  • David Swinson 1990 - 1992
  • Peter Nardone 1993 - 2000
  • Nigel McClintock 2000 - 2007
  • Andrew Cantrill 2008 - 2012
  • Tom Little (Acting) 2012 - 2013
  • Ronny Krippner 2013 -

After the fire of 1867:

Before the fire of 1867 records are incomplete, but include:

Organists and Masters of Choristers

There is also a small organ in the St Nicholas Chapel which was obtained from St Mary the Virgin, Preston Candover in 1997. A specification of the chapel organ is on the National Pipe Organ Register.

The church has a large four-manual pipe organ, much of which is by William Hill & Sons and dates from 1869. A specification of the organ is on the National Pipe Organ Register.

The West Tower of Croydon Minster


Croydon has strong religious links, Croydon Palace having been a residence of the Archbishop of Canterbury from at least the beginning of the 13th century to the beginning of the 19th. The Bishop of Croydon is a position as an area bishop in the Anglican Diocese of Southwark. The current area bishop is Jonathan Clark, who was consecrated on 21 March 2012, and the current vicar is Colin J. Luke Boswell, Vicar of Croydon and Chaplain to the Whitgift Foundation.

The church was elevated to the status of Croydon Minster (the modern honorific title) on 29 May 2011, the first such change in the diocese of Southwark.


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