Croydon, England: is a large town 9.5 miles (15.3 km) south of Charing Cross in London. At the time of the Norman conquest of England, it had a church, a mill, and around 365 people, according to the Domesday Book of 1086. By the early 20th century, it was an important industrial area, known for car manufacture, metal working and its airport. The airport brought me there in Winter 1979, to board a charter flight for a week in sunny Spain. A quick tube from Charing Cross got me there.