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The church still bears the arms of Archbishop Courtenay and Archbishop Chichele, believed to have been its benefactors.
Croydon developed into one of the main market towns of north east Surrey.
Crog was, and still is, the Norse or Danish word for crooked, which is expressed in Anglo-Saxon by crumb, a totally different word. 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." Anderson challenged a claim, originally made by Andrew Coltee Ducarel, that the name came from the Old French for "chalk hill", because it was in use at least a century before the French language would have been commonly used following the Norman conquest.
However, there was no long-term Danish occupation (see Danelaw) in Surrey, which was part of Wessex, and Danish-derived nomenclature is also highly unlikely.
The Surrey Iron Railway from Croydon to Wandsworth opened in 1803 and was the world's first public railway.
Later nineteenth century railway building facilitated Croydon's growth as a commuter town for London.
Its Domesday assets included 16 hides and 1 virgate of land; a church; a mill worth 5s; 38 plough-teams; 8 acres (3.2 ha) of meadow; and woodland worth 200 hogs.
It had a recorded population of 73 households (representing roughly 365 individuals); and its value in terms of taxes rendered was £37 10s 0d.
A charter issued by King Coenwulf of Mercia refers to a council that had taken place close to the monasterium (meaning minster) of Croydon.By the late Saxon period Croydon was the hub of an estate belonging to the Archbishops of Canterbury.The church and the archbishops' manor house occupied the area still known as "Old Town".By the early 20th century, Croydon was an important industrial area, known for car manufacture, metal working and Croydon Airport.In the mid 20th century these sectors were replaced by retailing and the service economy, brought about by massive redevelopment which saw the rise of office blocks and the Whitgift Centre, the largest shopping centre in Greater London until 2008.