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Catacombs visit

Our local catacombs

Our local catacombs

Saturday 30th May is a rare chance to visit the West Norwmalod catacombs at 10.30am. The catacombs in West Norwood Cemetery are normally closed  to the public but will be open this Saturday as part of Discovering European Cemeteries week. Tickets £7. For details see: http://www.atlasobscura.com/events/obscura-day-2015-inside-the-catacombs-of-west-norwood-cemetery


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History of West Norwood

The Norwood Society holds local history meetings at  The Upper Norwood Library, Westow Hill, SE19 1TJ every third Thursday of the month  at 7.30. Free entry and all welcome – donations requested for refreshments!

For futher details contact Barbara & Alun Thomas on norwoodshistory@btinternet.com. http://www.norwoodsociety.co.uk/

The 2014 programme of talks is:

March 20th 2014 West Norwood Cemetery.
Colin Fenn of Friends of West Norwood Cemetery will introduce the history of the cemetery, some of the people buried there and the magnificent monuments to be seen within.

April 17th 2014 The Crystal Palace
Phillip Emery of the Crystal Palace Foundation will share with us his comprehensive knowledge of the building that shaped our community in the nineteenth century.

May 15th 2014 West Norwood – a place of change
Norwood Society member, Alun Thomas will talk about the historical development of the centre of West Norwood over time including some of the businesses there.

June 19th 2014 The Concrete Church & the Bevingtons
Norwood Society Chairman, Richard Lines will introduce us to this pioneering building in Waldegrave Road and the closely connected Bevington family who are also associated with Bermondsey.

September 18th 2014 Local War Memorials
As part of our contribution to Lambeth’s Heritage Month and the theme of W.W.1., Norwood Society member Jerry Green will introduce us to the memorials of the area and some of the people who are remembered on them.

October 16th 2014 From Fire Station to Theatre
Bob Callender of the South London Theatre Centre will relate the history of West Norwood’s old fire station, the fire service and the transformation in to the Theatre Centre.

November 20th 2014 Lambeth’s Archives
Zoe Darani, archivist, from Lambeth Archives will introduce us to the vast wealth of material about Norwood and the Borough of Lambeth which are held in the Archives.

December 18th 2014 Party Night
Join us to celebrate the last year’s meetings and a chance to revisit some of the items of interest in early copies of the Norwood Review.

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Open House Weekend

Open house weekend 22nd and 23rd September 2012   – an amazing opportunity to visit buildings across London most not normally  open to the public.

The West Norwood venues are :

South London Theatre at The Old Fire Station, 2a Norwood High Street, SE27 9NS

Sunday 1pm-5pm

Clock House at 5 Chestnut Road, SE27 9EZ

Saturday 10am-5pm tours at 10am, 12noon, 2pm, 4pm.

The Clockworks Museum at 6 Nettlefold Place, SE27 0JW

Saturday 10am-5pm tours  at 11am 1pm, 3pm, 4.30pm.

West Norwood Cemetery & Greek Chapel

Sun at 2pm, 2.30pm, 3pm inside main cemetery gate, Norwood Road, SE27 9JU,

Essex Mews, Crystal Palace, SE19 1BS

Saturday 10am-5pm pre-book via Open House web site

South London Botanical Institute at 323 Norwood Road, SE24 9AQ

Sunday 1pm-5pm

For details of these and hundreds of other venues see:


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Cityscape Carousel

One of the five London cityscape carousels

One of the five London cityscape carousels

A unique cityscape carousel can be seen inside the Greek Temple at West Norwood cemetery for the duration of the London Olympic and Paralympic Games. The carousel is a modern-day magic lantern and features the London cityscape. It is the size of a small room – standing a massive 3m high.

There are five carousels across London. See others at Borough Market, Kentish Town Library, Portobello Green and World’s End Plaza.

Norwood’s carousel projects silhouettes from all the Magnificent Seven cemeteries from around London – West Norwood, Highgate, Kensal Green, Nunhead, Kensal Green, Abney Park

Brompton Cemetery and Tower Hamlets.

The Greek Temple, not normally open for visitors, is open from 12.30 to 5.30pm  each Friday, Saturday & Sunday until Sunday 9th September to see the carousel.

To learn more about West Norwood Cemetery there are guided tours every first Sunday of the month at 2.30pm – meet at the Main Gate, Norwood High Street SE27 9JU.

For more information see:



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