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.

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

Saturday 20th October 2018

AGM and Lecture: When Clapham came to Norwood

Bob Flanagan will discuss the history of the cemetery and give details of some of the many remarkable Clapham residents who chose to be buried there. These include the clown Tom Barry, who sailed down the Thames in a tub pulled by geese in 1844, Thomas Cubitt, the developer of Clapham Park, the engineer Sir William Cubitt FRS, the potter John Doulton, the naturalist Robert Hudson FRS, and the Baptist preacher Charles Haddon Spurgeon. This talk was originally compiled for the 2018 Lambeth Local History Festival.

Saturday 17th November 2018

A Year in the Life of a Bee Keeper - Jean Azzopardi

The honeybee has an enormous fascination and many people get carried on a tide of interest into a relationship with this marvellous insect, which is so unlike ourselves and yet lives in cities of 60,000 strong, without our need for committees and councils, or so we think. Jean Azzopardi is our resident bee keeper at Norwood.