Campaigning for votes in Croydon

New Publications

Suffrage Campaigns & Campaigners in Croydon

Sean Creighton with Iona Devito and Louise Szpera. £3.50.

The Wind From Peterloo

John Charlton, published with North East Labour History Society. £3

Caroline Ganley

Terence Chapman £8

Battersea Women’s Activism 1890s-1914

Sean Creighton. £2

Recent Croydon affairs writings
(latest first)

Recent History writings

This is followed by Part 2

This is followed by Parts 2 & 3

Vauxhall Sex and Entertainment

As the print version is sold out the booklet can now be downloaded at

Samuel Coleridge-Taylor Network Newsletter 53 (October 2018)

Available from or downloadable from

Forthcoming Talks & Walks etc

Saturday 24 November. 2.30pm. Women’s Rights to Vote and Learn

Croydon Natural History & Scientific Society. East Croydon URC, Addiscombe Rd

Monday 26 November. 6pm . The Big Society in the First World War

Voluntary Action History Society, Senate House

Wednesday 28 November.  Remembering the Soldiers Faith

Faiths Together in Croydon, CVA, 82 London Road, Croydon

2-4 January. Petitioning Newcastle Corporation in long 18thC

Part of panel on proro-democracy at Annual 18thC Studies Conference

Previous Talks & Walks etc 2017 & 2018 

Monday 29 October. Samuel Coleridge Taylor

St.  Mary's Church, Beddington

Saturday 10 November. 6.30pm. Croydon's Votes for Women campaign 

Croydon Labour Party Suffrage Centenary event

Monday 1 October. Sutton's Slavery Connections

St, Mary's Church, Beddington

Saturday 1 September. Edwardian Roller Skating Boom in Lambeth

Lambeth Archives Open Day - part of Lambeth Heritage Festival

Thursday 21 June. Campaigning for Peace in Croydon since 1816

Talks with Dan Frost as part of Croydon Peace Festival

Ruskin House, 23 Coombe Rd

Saturday 16 June. Tensions and contradictions within and towards infrastructure organisations

  Voluntary Action History Day

Wednesday 30  May. Wandsworth: 18thC Powerhouse

 Wandsworth Library as part of Wandsworth Heritage Festival

Monday 26 March 2018. East India Company and Croydon

 Coulsdon Rotary

Saturday 31 March. Bookstall

Thornton Heath Action Team CR7 Market Stall Day  

Friday 9 March. International Women's Day/Votes for Women

Presentation at Key Stage 2 Assembly, Norbury Manor Primary School

Wednesday 7 March. East India Company and Croydon

Croydon U3A

Saturday 24 February.  Publications stall 

Croydon Assembly/National Union of Education meeting 

Saturday 17 February. Publications stall 

Surrey Opera Spring Fair

Wednesday 14 February. Slavery and abolition in Durham

Walk and talk for University students

Saturday 10 February. South Lambeth Stories history walk

for Vauxhall Society and Friends of South Lambeth Library

Wednesday 3 - Friday 5 January 2018. British Society for 18thC Studies Annual Conference

Speaker on Black 'Georgians' Panel 1 and on the orange trade

Chair, Black 'Georgians' Panels 1 & 2 & session on  Fanny Coker and John Pinney

Thursday 27 November.  Samuel Coleridge-Taylor

Talk at Croydon Rotary Club

Saturday 11 November

Asked to say a few words at the Nubian Jak Community 

Trust unveiling of a plaque to Cy Grant in Highgate

Friday 10 November. Remembrance 

Discussions with two Year 4 and 6 classes at Norbury Manor Primary School

Thursday 26 October. 7.30pm. Is Sutton part of Black History?

Talk for Friends of Honeybrook Museum

Honeywood Walk,  Carshalton, SM5 3NX

£4.50. To book ring the Friends on 020 8642 4778

Tuesday 17 October. The Similarities & Differences between Christianity and Islam

Year 5 classes Norbury Manor Primary School

Monday 16 October. Black History Month Assembly

Norbury Manor Primary School

Tuesday 9 & Wednesday 10 October. Black Women and Leadership in history

Home Office Immigration section diversity officers Black History Month event

Mondays 2 & 16 October & 6 November . Labour Party History

Political education facilitation for Dulwich & Norwood Labour Party

Monday 2 October. Victorians

Norbury Manor Primary School Year 6 Classes

Saturday 2 September. 10.30am-4.30pm. Lambeth Local History Fair

St Leonard’s Church, Streatham High Road, SW16 1HS

I will be running bookstall mainly of second hand history books plus my publications.

Saturday 9 September. 2pm. Wandsworth Town/Wandle Walk

Details to be finalised

Saturday 22 July 2pm  Croydon TUC John Burns Walk

from his grave in Battersea Rise Cemetery

17 July. Edwardian Roller Skating

29 June 2017. 7pm. Keen as mustard: An introduction to South Croydon’s heritage

Talk for South Croydon Community Association

St Peter’s Church House, Heathfield Road CR0 1EZ

Part of Croydon Heritage Festival

28 June. The Edwardian Roller Skating Boom

for Church Women's Fellowship

19 June. 11am. The East India Company and Croydon

Talk at Ashburton Library, Shirley Road, CR9 7AL

Free, but book in advance at  020 3700 1001

Saturday 3 June. Wandsworth Town/Wandle Mouth Walk

Part of Wandsworth Heritage Festival

1 June. Wandsworth 18thC Powerhouse

Talk as part of Wandsworth Heritage Festival

Wandsworth Town Centre Library, Garratt Lane, SW18 - CANCELLED

27 May. Battersea Walk

As part of Wandsworth Heritage Festival

6 May. Battersea Rise Cemetery History Walk

for St. John's Community Centre (Peabody Estate Clapham Junction)

27 April. Introduction to Battersea History

for St. John's Community Centre (Peabody Estate Clapham Junction)

4-6 January. British Society for 18thC Studies Annual Conference, Oxford

Talk: Wandsworth: 18thC Powerhouse

Chaired panel on  the Black Atlantic  

Organised and chaired roundtable discussion on Black Georgians 

Clapham’s Radical and Mutual Past

On Tuesday 20 September 2016 I gave a talk about Clapham’s involvements in radical, labour and 

socialist politics as well as mutual organisation in friendly societies and trade unions 

in the 19th and early 20th centuries as part of Lambeth Heritage Festival.

I have posted up three blog items of the material I used at

Second-hand book items - see via link on left.

HS&AP publications: 

See link on left

In addition to glossy covered booklets as below I publish  short runs of pamphlets mainly written by me produced 

Labour Politics in Croydon 1880-1914

Michael Tichelar

Croydon Radical History Monograph No. 1 

£2 plus £1 postage 

Radical Croydon 1860s-1939

An introduction to the history of Croydon's labour, radical and socialist movements

Croydon Radical History Monograph No. 2 

£2 plus postage

Croydon's African and Asian History. An Introduction

Croydon Radical History Monograph No. 3 

£2 plus postage

The Falcon Road Area - An Introductory History 
(Falcon Rd is in Battersea)

Produced for the area Festival 2016

50p + 70p postage

Railwaymen and Brunswick House

A preliminary introduction based on a talk at LASSCO, September 2013

£1 plus 70p postage


 A Historical Review of Co-operative and Mutual Social Action

 £2 + £1 postage (reprint)

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I am available as a speaker or to lead history walks

Sean Creighton
Updated 2 November 2015

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Esther Bruce. A Black London Seamstress. Her Story 1912–1994.

Stephen Bourne. £4 + £1 post. 

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 H&SAP Diary and News

Up until early June 2014 I produced a regular diary of events and news that relate to my interests which is emailed to individuals and networks around the country. Sample copies are on request. In addition to a Diary of events of interest in London and elsewhere in the country, the main contents are on issues in  Croydon,  and general social action and  history news and relevant news of Lambeth and Wandsworth. This diary has been replaced by the History & Social Action News and Events website: 

My Blog 

Up until early June this blog site contained comment on social action, political and historical political issues and news and events. From June 2014 this site will only have posts of my comments on issues. The other site  contains news and events.  

Croydon Citizen Postings

I comment on cultural, heritage and political issues in Croydon Citizen

To find my articles click on the most recent posting, and  put 'Creighton' into the search box. 

Croydon Radical History Network

I co-ordinate the Network. See left hand menu.

Second-hand books , pamphlets and journals for sale

See Books for sale in left hand column

HSAP Pamphlets
See details by clicking on titles on left hand column.
Sean Creighton. John Archer. Battersea's Black Progressive & Labour Activist. £4 + £1 p&p
Sean Creighton. Politics and Culture. Paul Robeson in the UK in the UK. £2 +60p postage
Stephen Bourne & Esther Bruce. Esther Bruce. A Black London Seamstress. Her Story 1912-1994. £4 + 60p p&p
Penelope Corfield. Vauxhall. Sex and Entertainment. London's Pioneering Urban Pleasure Garden.  (revised edition with new chapter).  £5 + £1 p&p
Sold out.
Jeffrey Green. Coleridge-Taylor. A Centenary Celebration. £4 plus 60p p&p. Sold out.
Jon Newman. Battersea's Global Reach. The History of Price's Candles. £5 plus £1 p&p
Simon Potter. Carry On College. Sold out.
Jason Young. Mother Seacole. Short Story. £2 plus 60p p&p. Sold out.
Peter Kuenstler. Learning About Community (Oxford House Bethnal Green). £5 plus £1 p&p

Croydon TUC and Assembly
I convened the TUC's working party on Croydon Council's Growth Plan in 2014. I have been on the planning group of Croydon Assembly which the TUC initiated, and convened its economic development and housing working group. I was a member of its Environment working group.

Croydon Radical History Network
I co-ordinate the Network and edit newsletters and pamphlets published under my imprint.

Norbury Organisations

I represent Norbury Village Residents Association on the Love Norbury Planning Committee, and chair Love Norbury's Transport Committee. I al Chair of Norbury Community Land Trust. I run the Norbury Watch blog side with details of events, new and issues:
Samuel Coleridge-Taylor Network
I co-ordinate the Samuel Coleridge Taylor Network. Full details including the newsletters can be seen on

North East Slavery & Abolition Group

I am the Group's Co-ordinator. It was set up to continue the work of the Tyne & Wear 2007 Tyne & Wear Remembering Slavery Project for which I was Archive Mapping & Research Officer. The Group's newsletters can be seen on: 

North East Popular Politics Project

I was the Project's Archive Mapping & Research Co-ordinator (paid project worker to end March 2013 with  HLF funding) and unpaid from March 2013 until 2014 when a new non-funded North East Peoples History Project started. Details about NEPPP can be seen on: Its Project database is at  

Heritage Wandsworth Partnership
It organises the Wandsworth Heritage Festival. I was a member of it and its representative on the Wandsworth Green Plaques Panel until October 2014, when I came off as part of re-organising my involvements, but continue to work on Wandsworth history issues and given the occasional talk and lead the occasional walk.


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