This morning, I attended the service where the Bishop of Southwark formally dedicated the Parish Church as Croydon Minster.
Minsters were widespread in Anglo-Saxon England (hence the place names Westminster, Axminster, Yorkminster etc) but were largely replaced by the introduction of parishes. Today, the title refers to any large or important church that has a wider role in religious and civic life. The decision to grant Minster status is therefore an important step in our efforts to see Croydon officially recognised as London's third city. It is the result of a lot of hard work and lobbying by Canon Colin Boswell and his team of clergy and it was great to be there to witness the culmination of that work today.