Get on the trail of the River Effra and Sherlock Holmes

sherlock holmes and magnifying glassThe Norwood Society has announced the details of its series of summer walks over the coming weeks.

Some, such as the first, a tour of Anerley and Penge, are conducted as part of local festivals (in this case, the Crystal Palace Overground Festival). All have a Norwood Society local historian as a guide.

And all of them take in matters of local history and interest on a rich and varied range of subjects, from one of the long forgotten rivers of London to Sherlock Holmes’s connections with the area.

June 28: Anerley and Penge (Alun Thomas)
Start: 4.15pm Crystal Palace Station, Station Road, SE19 2AZ
Crystal Palace Overground Festival Walk

July 26: Along Beulah Hill (Richard Lines)
Start: 2.30pm. front of All Saints Church, Beulah Hill (near Church Road),
SE19 2QQ. End: Crown Point.

Aug 16: Crown Point to West Norwood (Jill Dudman)
Start: 2.30pm. Tesco Express, 4 Crown Lane, SW16 3JG.

Aug 30: Weather forecasting, wine cellars, leach ponds, disabled soldiers, tea estates, extramarital relationships and Sherlock Holmes in Norwood (Stephen Oxford)
Start: 2pm, front of All Saints Church, Beulah Hill (near Church Road), SE19 2QQ
End: Junction of Grange Road & Whitehorse Lane,

Sep 27: Course of the River Effra (7 miles) (Alun Thomas)
Brisk Walk with history content.
Start: 10.30am Sainsbury, Westow Street, SE19 3RW
Lunch: Herne Hill, Picnic or Cafe/Pub
End: Oval Station approx 4pm.

Any enquiries about these or other Norwood Society activities, email

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