FOWNC Events

West Norwood Cemetery

Tours - are held on the first Sunday of each month, 11.00 January to March, 14.30 April to October, 11.00 November to December, starting at the cemetery main gate off Norwood Road and lasting for 1½-2 hours. There is no formal charge, but we welcome donations.

Lectures - are held at the Old Library, 14-16 Knights Hill, SE27, starting at 14:30. There is no formal charge but we welcome donations to cover refreshments and room hire. Please note change of venue from previous years

Please note: due to Coronavirus all events are currently suspended

Saturday 15 February 2020

Canon Carver & Dulwich College, 1850-1890 - Joe Spence/Nick Black

Dr Spence, Master of Dulwich College, and Dr Black, Head of Middle School and editor of Dulwich: the first 400 years of the College, will give a joint lecture on the life and times of Alfred Carver, Master of Dulwich College, 1858-83. Dr Spence will examine Carver in the context of other reforming Head Masters of the Victorian age; Dr Black will talk about the Carver family and the place of the College within the Dulwich community in the late 19th century.

Saturday 28 March 2020

Sir Henry Tate: His life, work and philanthropy - Bill Linskey

Sir Henry Tate (1819-1899) made a great deal of money and gave an enormous amount of it away. He lived at the end of his life in Streatham and has his Grade II mausoleum at Norwood (grave 19,897, square 38/39). We will look at his life and the impact his philanthropy had on Lambeth. Bill Linskey is Chair of the Brixton Society and of the Lambeth Local History Forum.

Saturday 17 October 2020

AGM and Lecture: In Pursuit of Special Interest - Identifying the stars of cemetery memorials - Roger Bowdler

Visiting a great cemetery like West Norwood can be a daunting experience. The myriad memorials clamour for attention, and their sheer number overwhelms. How are the key tombs identified? This talk starts out by looking at how tombs have been chosen for listing, and then considers how new discoveries and new understanding can be reflected in conservation and celebration. Dr Bowdler was formerly Director of Designation, i.e. Listing, at Historic England.

Saturday 21 November 2020

Norwood - The Great War - John Clarke and Peter Hodgkinson

The centenary of the Great War and its aftermath prompted much research and thought. In order to attempt to assess the impact on Norwood, John and Peter have been documenting monuments in the cemetery that commemorate those who either died as a result of the conflict, or otherwise contributed to the war effort. They have also compiled as much information as possible from records held at Lambeth Archives from lost family monuments that detailed war graves in other parts of the world.