In the mid 20th century these sectors were replaced by retailing and the service economy, brought about by massive redevelopment which saw the rise of office blocks and the Whitgift Centre, the largest shopping centre in London until 2008.
Croydon was amalgamated into Greater London in 1965.
Later nineteenth century railway building facilitated Croydon's growth as a commuter town for London.
By the early 20th century, Croydon was an important industrial area, known for car manufacture, metal working and Croydon Airport.
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