A year of Norwood history, from Lockwood to the Brontes

Norwood Society logoThe Norwood Society’s Local History Talks are held on the third Thursday of the month at 7.30pm at the Upper Norwood Library, Westow Hill.

The events are free entry including refreshments, but donations are appreciated.

The programme for 2016 has just been released.

January 21: Some important Norwood residents you might not have heard of or know little about. Stephen Oxford presents the many interesting people from the past he has uncovered in his research.

February 18: Wates in the woods – a history of post war development on the Dulwich Estate. Dulwich Society chairman Ian McInnes returns with a more modern history of the Dulwich part of Upper Norwood.

Margaret Lockwood: one of Britain's biggest film stars of the 1940s and 1950s, and a Gipsy Hill resident

Margaret Lockwood: one of Britain’s biggest film stars of the 1940s and 1950s, and a Gipsy Hill resident

March 17: Margaret Lockwood. Film historian Lucie Dutton will talk to us about the life of the actress who was a regular user of Upper Norwood Library when she lived in Gipsy Hill.

April 21: Out of the Borough Archives.
Lindsay Ould, Croydon’s archivist, will inform us of what is to be found in this part of Croydon, in addition to the many other resources within the Croydon Local Studies centre.

Bronte biographyMay 19: Winifred Gérin: a writer’s life from Norwood to Haworth. Gérin spent her childhood living on South Norwood Hill. She is an important biographer of the Bronte family, and Helen McEwan, who has recently published Gérin’s biography, will talk about her work and her interesting family.

June 16: Shopping at the Palace. Alun Thomas explores the history of shopping around The Triangle.

September 21: Lambeth Heritage Festival talk

October 20: Building Restoration, Conservation and Masonry. Nick Wilson from Stonewest, one of Britain’s major restorer of historic buildings which is based at Crystal Palace, describes the techniques and challenges of his company’s work.

November 17: Sydenham. The Sydenham Society’s local history expert Steve Grindlay will talk about our near neighbour.

December 15: Social evening with a local history flavour.

For more information about the Norwood Society and its history talks, please email norwoodshistory@btinternet.com

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