FOWNC Events

West Norwood Cemetery

Tours - To increase knowledge and appreciation of the Cemetery, the Friends hold guided tours on the first Sunday of every month, 2.30pm April-October, 11am November-March. Cemetery tours start at the Cemetery Main Gate, Norwood Road, SE27. The tours last about an hour and a half. They include visits to the monuments of the most prominent individuals commemorated in the cemetery such as Sir Henry Doulton, Mrs Beeton, Baron de Reuter, Sir Henry Tate and Dr William Marsden.

Catacombs - We also periodically arrange group tours of the catacombs. For insurance reasons, we are obliged by the cemetery owner to restrict these to FOWNC members only, maximum party size 25, by advance booking only, so it is not possible to turn up for these tours without having booked and paid a membership. For more details and to place yourself on the waiting list to receive notifications when tour dates are fixed, please contact our Tour Organiser at

Talks - usually illustrated with slides, start at 2.30pm at Chatsworth Baptist Church, Chatsworth Way (off Norwood Road), SE27 (enter by second door on right in Idmiston Road). There is no formal charge for any event, but donations of £1 per person (50p concessions) to help cover costs and aid conservation work are appreciated. Non-members are welcome at all events. Enquiries to 020 8670 5456.

Saturday 19 March 2016, 2.30pm

Norwood: The Voice of Bygone Days. Adrian Falks

Foremost among the musicians interred at Norwood is Sir August Manns (1825–1907; grave 31,828, square 81), director of music at the Crystal Palace for nearly 50 years, who conducted the first performances in this country of works by many composers, British and European. Using recorded music illustrations, Adrian, chairman of the Croydon Recorded Music Society, will offer an impression of what it might have been like to have heard some of these compositions and those of performers interred or otherwise commemorated at Norwood when the works featured were new to audiences.

Saturday 15 October 2016

AGM and Lecture. Celebrity Cooks: Mrs Beeton. Tina Baxter

As noted by John White (Newsletter 85, January 2016), last year the Guildhall Library presented an exhibition about several Victorian celebrity cooks, including Mrs Isabella Beeton (1836‒1865; grave 8,348, square 64). A highlight was the lively and informative talk on Mrs Beeton given by City of London Guide Tina Baxter, and she has kindly agreed to talk to us on this same topic.

Saturday 19 November 2016

The Ashbys and Brixton Windmill. Jean Kerrigan

2016 sees the bicentenary of the construction of Brixton Mill, Windmill Gardens, SW2. The fact that many of those associated with the mill in its early days are buried at Norwood will be the subject of an article by Roberta Kavalchuk in the September Newsletter. Jean Kerrigan is Chair of the Friends of Brixton Windmill.