About

Norbury Watch is edited by Sean Creighton, a member of the Committees of Norbury Village Residents Association, Love Norbury and Chair of Norbury Community Land Trust.

The purpose is to provide a one-stop place for events in and news about Norbury complementing the websites of the Residents Associations and Love Norbury.

He also runs:

A blog containing news about Croydon and history at

https://seancreighton1947.wordpress.com

He co-ordinates the Croydon Radical History Group and publishes history booklets

https://sites.google.com/site/historysocialaction

He co-ordinates the Samuel Coleridge-Taylor Network about Croydon’s famous black composer (d. 1912)

https://sites.google.com/site/samuelcoleridgetaylornetwork

He has been involved in the work of the Croydon Trades Union Council and its Croydon Assembly, on local economy and environment issues, and gave evidence at the Whitgift Centre CPO and Croydon Local Plan Inquiries.

As an non-academic historian he researches, writes, publishes and gives talks on a wide range of topics, including the local histories of Croydon, Battersea & Wandsworth, Lambeth, Merton and the North East; labour and democratic movements; mutuality and collective action; British black history; slavery and abolition; and aspects of leisure and culture, including the Edwardian roller skating boom. He is a member of the Croydon Local Studies Forum, which is made up of representatives of the history and heritage organisations in the Borough and independent historians of Croydon.

As a local author he co-ordinaed joint activity with other Croydon based authors before the pandemic.

He occasionally publishes material on aspects of Norbury history. In July 2019 he and local historian David Clark set up the informal Norbury History Group, which can be contacted through Sean.