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A German spy in the 1930s?

These photographs were taken by a visitor to St. Luke's in 1935, who sent the vicar copies. They are reputed to have been taken by a German spy who believed the church would make a good landmark for air raids against the airfield that then existed on the opposite site of the road, near Charcott, which was used as a 'standby' for Croydon Airport. This airfield was, as RAF Penshurst, indeed used as an emergency landing ground and observation base during the war, and the pillboxes set up to defend it still exist.

Quite why a 'German spy' would want a picture of the interior of the church isn't explained!