Category Archives: Norwood Society

Dinosaurs of Crystal Palace, Norwood Society, Apr 18

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Queen’s Hotel planning inquiry is a case of David v Goliath

Whose side is Croydon Council on? As JOE PAXTON reports from the Town Hall, Crystal Palace Council Tax-payers face a four-day public hearing having had little support from their own local authority A David v Goliath battle commences at the … Continue reading

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Dinosaurs, parks and Concretopia: Norwood’s diverse talks

The Norwood Society’s 2019 programme gets under way at Upper Norwood Library next week, with the first in a series of invigorating walks and inspiring talks arranged by its hard-working volunteers. The Norwood Society’s area covers parts of Lambeth and … Continue reading

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History of Pantomime talk, Norwood Society, Dec 20

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Conservation in Croydon, Norwood Society, Oct 18

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Beulah Hill’s ‘Electric House’ and history of recorded sound

The Norwood Society’s next local history meeting next Thursday is “Colonel Gouraud: The man who brought recorded sound to England”. The speaker will be Howard Hope, a lifetime specialist in the history of recorded sound, and he will talk about … Continue reading

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A year of walks and talks through south London’s history

The Norwood Society has just published its programme for 2018 – a schedule of monthly talks, and some walks, which enlighten and inform about the history and heritage of the area. The Norwood’s Society’s events are wide-ranging, with expert speakers … Continue reading

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The Nostradamus of Norwood, and other fascinating tales

The next Norwood Society local history meeting is on Thursday November 16 when the topic will be “The Nostradamus of South Norwood Hill and other fascinating residents”. Stephen Oxford has thoroughly researched the South Norwood Hill area and in this … Continue reading

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Talk reveals 150 years of Crystal Palace sporting history

The Norwood Society’s next local history talk is on Thursday October 19, at Upper Norwood Library, when Stuart Hibberd, the Society’s authority on sport at the Palace, will present “The sporting history of the Crystal Palace in the 1860s and … Continue reading

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Delay over Upper Norwood Library transfer raises worries

The future of a library which has served thousands of Croydon residents for more than a century has been thrown into renewed uncertainty, with doubts over the funding for Upper Norwood Library after next year, and with the proposed transfer … Continue reading

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Norwood Society history talk, Upper Norwood Library, Feb 16

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Norwood residents rise up against Brick by Brick scheme

WALTER CRONXITE reports on how a council-backed housing scheme to build flats on “infill” spaces between existing homes on Auckland Rise fails to deliver on even the lamest promises of 50 per cent non-affordable affordable housing The council’s private house-building … Continue reading

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Digging up the facts about London’s lost rivers, Jan 19

The Wandle is not the only “lost” river of south London, as the first history talk of the new year for the Norwood Society will demonstrate, when Jon Newman, author of the recently published River Effra, South London’s secret spine, … Continue reading

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Dukes, bishops and butchers: how Croydon was named

The rush for development in Croydon today is modest compared to late 19th Century, when whole new residential areas were built out of what had been Surrey countryside and the town expanded with the coming of the railways. The Norwood … Continue reading

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Norwood Society rounds off the year with social event

The Norwood Society’s final meeting of 2016, being held as usual at Upper Norwood Library, takes place on Thursday, December 15 from 7.30pm, and will be a social event. The Society, which stages talks and lectures about the social history … Continue reading

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Stonework in 21st century is Norwood Society’s next talk

The next history talk at the Norwood Society, on October 20, will take an expert look at building restoration and conservation, delivered by someone who should know: Nick Wilson, of Stonewest, one of the country’s leading restoration, conservation and stone … Continue reading

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Walks and talks in Norwood take a look at ‘dangerous women’

The Norwood Society stages its third summer walk of the year tomorrow, August 18. Starting at 7pm outside All Saints Church, Beulah Hill SE19, Richard Lines will lead along Church Road and the Triangle. The Norwood Society’s next evening talk … Continue reading

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Walk back through history with the Norwood Society

This month and next, the Norwood Society has two local history walks which each will last about 90 minutes: Thursday July 21 at 7pm. Crystal Palace to West Norwood. This walk will be led by Alun Thomas via Gipsy Hill. … Continue reading

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History’s for the taking with talks and walks on Norwood’s past

The Norwood Society’s next local history talk is “Shopping at the Palace”. Dairymen, corn chandlers, piano merchants, a butcher with a goat that wandered up and down Westow Street, saddle makers, tea gardens, two local newspapers, a bookshop with Ruskin’s … Continue reading

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Bronte anniversary marked by talk at Norwood Society

The Norwood Society’s next talk, on Thursday May 19, celebrates the bi-centenary of Charlotte Bronte’s birth with a talk by the biographer of the Brontes’ biographer. Winifred Gerin: a writer’s life from Norwood to Howarth, will be presented by the … Continue reading

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Borough archives come under threat from library closures

Part of Croydon’s borough archive has come under threat as a consequence of neighbouring Lambeth’s policy of forcibly turning some of its public libraries into bookish gyms. The Carnegie Library in Herne Hill was in the headlines last week over … Continue reading

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History talk takes look at life on different sort of ‘estate’

The Norwood Society’s next local history talk is “Wates in the Woods”, when Ian McInnes, the chairman of the Dulwich Society, returns to describe the development of the estate that can be so clearly seen from the top deck of … Continue reading

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Uncover your family history with Norwood Society course

The Norwood Society begins a series of workshops on how to conduct local and family research later this month. The fortnightly meeting begins on Thursday, January 28, at 10am at Upper Norwood Library. The group will use web-based and Upper … Continue reading

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Drama, Spanish and family history: library offers classes

A history project and a drama class for adults suffering from depression and other mental health conditions are among a range of groups offering education and training sessions in a range of life skills which have successfully bid to stage … Continue reading

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A year of Norwood history, from Lockwood to the Brontes

The 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 … Continue reading

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