Reeves Corner, Croydon _ London

Reeves Corner was damaged beyond repair by an arson attack on the night of 8th August 2011, which was part of the civil unrest that took place across London.

1 Year ago I wrote :

‘ The buildings that were previously located at Revees Corner were important historic indicators of the pattern of Croydon’s expansion throughout the second half of the 19th century. They made an important contribution to the character of the Church Street Conservation Area, and stood prominently in the historic core of the Croydon town centre.
The Edwardian Arts and Crafts style building ( 104-12 Church Street and 1-3 Reeves Corner ) was unique in form and composition, and had a high level of architectural and historic significance.
The building had a complex and varied architectural form, with an intricate tile and clay gabled roof, with five prominent and unusual chimney stacks.
The main bulk of the structure was two storeys with attic space.
The site has further historic associations, being the site of the Reeves’ family business, The House of Reeves, for five generations. It is also situated within an Archeological Priority Zone.

The site has been cleared, no trace of the burned shop.
The area is now fenced-in with high information claques and it’s almost impossible to have a wide image of the whole plot. ‘

Reeves Corner is visible today, but what about the importance of the events that took place in it? Still no trace of improvement.


Photo © Rossella Scalia