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 15 October 2016

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

AGM and Lecture: 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 is the subject of the article by Roberta Kavalchuk in Newsletter 87 (September 2016), although sadly no gravestone remains. Jean Kerrigan is Chair of the Friends of Brixton Windmill. The talk will be preceded by our AGM.

Saturday 18 February 2017

Lecture: Cemeteries of South London. Brian Parsons

Saturday 18 March 2017

Lecture: Frank Talfourd. Prof Michael Slater

Saturday 21 October 2017

AGM and Lecture: Sir Horace Jones. Dr Jennifer Freeman

Saturday 18 November 2017

Lecture: The Music Hall Guild of Great Britain and America. Matthew Neil