Whitgift Care residents took part in a colourful crocus origami art workshop at Whitgift House on Thursday 25 May. The residents talked about what a crocus is and the significance of crocus to Croydon.
The residents learnt it is thought that Croydon might take its name from the Anglo-Saxon words ‘Croh-Denu’, meaning ‘valley of the crocus’. This name would suggest that the Romans farmed crocus flowers in Croydon for their saffron – a valuable spice used in food before the arrival of the Saxons.
Residents had the opportunity to work with international artists Aether and Hemera who have been commissioned by The Whitgift Foundation to recreate Croydon’s fabled crocus valley for Croydon Heritage Festival, 24-30 June 2017. Residents made a crocus each and were able to see the artist’s work which included a preview of the installation design.
A Whitgift House resident commented: “Such a wonderful afternoon learning about the history of Croydon and how it use to be fields of crocus.”
For those interested in discovering the whole story of Croydon’s Evolution – from the Romans to the present day – a Croydon Heritage Festival discussion will be at Old Palace School on Monday 26 June at 7.30pm, supported by the Croydon Partnership – book your free place here.