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

Sunday 6 January 2019

Guided Tour - Additional Information

This tour may be linked with a film at the new Picturehouse cinema adjacent to the cemetery: Alfred Hitchcock’s Young and Innocent (1937) starring Derrick de Marney (1906–1978: grave 41,974, square 56), with an introduction and post film talk/discussion from film lecturer Graham Rinaldi, starting at 14:00. In case of mishaps the film is available free on the web.

Saturday 16 February 2019

Iron Men: Henry Maudslay and his Circle - David Waller

In the early 1800s, Henry Maudslay opened a factory in Westminster Bridge Road, Lambeth. He invented precision engineering, which made the industrial revolution possible. His partner Joshua Field (grave 3,804, square 27), his son Joseph (grave 4,361, square 77), and his grandson Thomas Henry (grave 20,047, square 92; monument destroyed) lie at Norwood. David Waller is an author, business consultant, and former FT journalist.

Saturday 16 March 2019

Gideon Algernon Mantell in Brighton 1833/8 - John Cooper

In 1833, Gideon Mantell, famous for his discoveries of the large fossil reptiles later called dinosaurs, moved from his Lewes, Sussex base to a new home in Brighton. With his eyes set on a glittering future for both his medical and his palaeontological career, Mantell suffered a downturn in fortune, culminating in the end of his marriage, the closure of his Museum, and the sale of his prized collections. Where did it all go wrong?

Saturday 19 October 2019

AGM and Lecture: The Cubitts and the River Thames - Chris Everett

A look back at the Cubitt brothers, Thomas (1788–1855; grave 649, square 48), William, and Lewis and their work in London in the 19th century. Two, Thomas and William, had extensive works at separate Thameside locations, demonstrating the importance of the Thames to London’s growth. They would use riverside locations in central London to not only contribute to, but also showcase Britain's expanding Empire through docks and warehouses and prestigious commercial edifices.

Saturday 16 November 2019

Lecture: Cherishing History, Nurturing Wildlife - Kath Church

Kath Church is the Chair of the Friends of Streatham Cemetery. Originally the 1892 Streatham Burial Board cemetery and located in Wandsworth, the cemetery came into the ownership of Lambeth Council in 1965. Kath will give a brief review of the history and current concerns of the Friends, the history of the cemetery, wildlife in the cemetery, and points of especial interest including notable burials, for example of war heroes and of local celebrities.