CROYDON, a municipal, county and parliamentary borough of Surrey, England, suburban to London, 10 m.
The manor of Croydon was presented by William the Conqueror to Archbishop Lanfranc, who is believed to have founded the archiepiscopal palace there, which was the occasional residence of his successors till about 1750, and of which the chapel and hall remain.
From Croydon, was purchased for the residence, in 1807, of the archbishop of Canterbury, but was sold in consequence of Archbishop Temple's decision to reside at the palace, Canterbury.
Croydon is a suffragan bishopric in the diocese of Canterbury.
The principal public building of Croydon is that erected by the corporation for municipal business; it included court-rooms and the public library.