Croydon has a radical history which is very rarely discussed, official history managing to ignore the things that real people do as it focuses on people in authority and power. Scratch beneath the surface a little and you’ll be surprised by what ‘ordinary’ people have been getting up to.
The Brotherhood Church was set up in the 1890s and had links to Tolstoy and Kropotkin. They practiced vegetarianism and campaigned for a better world along broad anarchist principles. There were a few other examples of such communities including this one in Yorkshire which appears to have still been running into the 21st century and may still be running today.