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 1.5-2 hours. There is no formal charge, but we welcome donations, and the FOWNC bookstall will be present. In order to keep numbers to a manageable size for one tour guide, we are using booking on Eventbrite, but there is no need to print out tickets, and no need to name everyone if booking for a group, just specify the number (by changing from the default setting of 1). Each month’s tour is usually posted up about a week after the previous one. This link will take you there:

We will obtain your email address from your Eventbrite booking, and we would like to send you emails from time to time to update you on what is going on at the cemetery and other information which we think you would find interesting. You will be able to unsubscribe from our mailing list at any time.

Working parties: are held on most Saturday mornings, and volunteers are welcome to pick up litter and clear vegetation. Tools are provided, but bring your own if desired. Membership of FOWNC is necessary in order to be covered by our public liability insurance. Contact to register an interest and for more information.

Lectures: are now held in the Community Room of the West Norwood Library & Picturehouse, 1-7 Norwood High Street, SE27 9JU as detailed below starting at 14:30. There is no formal charge, but we welcome donations to cover room hire. The FOWNC bookstall will be present. Booking is not required.

Sunday 18 February 2024. The Cemeteries of South London. Dr Brian Parsons

We have invited Dr Brian Parsons to speak again on a topic of his own choosing. This fully illustrated lecture explores the history of the cemeteries of south London and the lecture complements his recently published London Cemeteries.

Sunday 12 May 2024. The Abuse & Exploitation of Children in Victorian South London. Dr Jane Jordan

FOWNC member Dr Jane Jordan will give a talk on child prostitution and child abuse in south London. The age of consent for girls was only raised from 13 to 16 in 1885, partly in response to a devastating London newspaper exposé detailing the extent of child prostitution and child sexual assault. As a result, many more such cases of abuse against children were reported to the police because of increased public awareness. This illustrated lecture focuses on a number of local cases prosecuted under the new legislation and which had links to West Norwood and West Norwood Cemetery.