Stories

Do you have a story about Shirley? Send us an email to hello@mo-ra.co and share it here.


Woodmere Avenue

Read about one local resident’s memories of the history of Woodmere Avenue and find out what infamous crime was linked to the small parade of shops.


Whether the Weather?

The subject of the weather is always topical, regardless of the season. Read a few anecdotes and historical references to take you back in time.


Working Men’s Club

Can you guess where this building is in Shirley and what it has been used for? Read about its history and the struggle to raise funds to build it in the 1880s, and the impact that the new “Focussed Intensification” may have on it today.


History of Chaffinch Brook

You may have read about Chaffinch Brook in some of our Planning Reports, but do you know its history and where it leads?


Lest We Forget

In the year our country commemorated the 75th anniversary of D Day, we remember those lost in the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineeers (REME) workshops.

On Location in Shirley and Croydon

Did you know that many films, TV Shows and Commercials have been made in Croydon? We were on location when a commercial was filmed in Shirley.


The Shirley Highwayman

England’s most notorious highwayman terrorised the nation’s travellers and became a legend in his own lifetime. But did you know that he lived and robbed in the area which is now known as Croydon?