Launched during the Croydon Heritage Festival, the virtual tour is a must for anyone who missed out on this year’s Open Building tours.


Explore Croydon’s Tudor past

The highlight of the virtual tour is Archbishop Whitgift’s wood panelled Audience Chamber, which contains treasures such as the seal of Queen Elizabeth I on the Deed of Foundation, a carved
wooden chest, lined with sail cloth thought to date from the time of the Armada, and an early English language Bible in which the word ‘balm’ has been misprinted as ‘treacle’.

The mystery of the stained glass window

A mysterious stained glass design is to be found in the Common Room where windows are decorated with heraldic and ecclesiastical flourishes as tributes to members of the Foundation who have contributed to the upkeep of the Almshouses.
Standing out from the rest, it features a picture of three soldiers in a landscape scene with a ravine.
It is thought from their dress that the that the soldiers are from the time of the Armada, but so far no one has been able to establish who they are, to find an ecclesiastical connection with the image or even to guess which country the landscape is depicting.

Members of the public are invited to contact the Whitgift Foundation by email or on social media with any insights.