Emmaus South London
Fast becoming a destination for sought after second-hand furniture shopping, West Norwood can soon boast of two new premises! With it’s already firmly established clothes shop, adjacent “shabby chic” furniture shop, book and furniture warehouse, Emmaus South London has now opened another furniture store at 88 Knights Hill SE27 0JD in the premises of the old Loft Shop. Open 10am to 5pm Monday to Saturday – and day time deliveries can be arranged. Telephone 020 8761 4276
Maddisons, currently at 70 Knights Hill, is to be knocked down to make way for more homes. But don’t worry Maddisons is staying in West Norwood and moving a few doors down to 86 Knights Hill . Usually open 10.30am to 3.30pm on Saturdays – best to ring for an appointment at other times on 07956 832 970 . Look in the window at the beautifully restored mid-20th century and modern furniture including some lovely Ercol pieces!
Browsing the books in the Emmaus Bookshop
The Emmaus shop at 5 Knights Hill SE27 0HS has won the 2011 award for West Norwood’s Best Dressed Shop - see their website.
Most West Norwood shoppers will have noticed Emmaus’ impressive furniture and clothing boutique on Knights Hill. But have you ventured down the adjacent alleyway (take a left after the clothes store when heading south down Knights Hill) to find the extended furniture and book emporium which Emmaus also boasts ? A fortuitous happenstance given the extended closure of West Norwood Library for repairs.
It may not be quite the same as borrowing, but it’s reassuring to know that reading enthusiasts can treat themselves to modern classics like Graham Greene, Kingsley Amis and Umberto Eco for a mere £1! There are also a number of Dickens titles as well as those by esteemed authors such as Gore Vidal and Jeffrey Eugenides, not to mention contemporary page-turners such as Stephanie Meyer and James Patterson. Prices range between £1 to £1.50 – a small price for a good book and a worthy cause.
As a charity dedicated to providing assistance to those moving on from homelessness, Emmaus relies heavily on local support. So if you haven’t checked their shops out already, do! Opening hours are 10-5, Monday to Saturday. Donations welcome too.
Jane Pickard & Emmaus staff outside the proposed new pub
The derelict shop at 13-19 Knights Hill, between Emmaus and the new Ladbroke’s betting shop , applied for planning permission to become a bar-restaurant in summer 2008. The final decision will be made on Wednesday 16th December 2009 at Lambeth’s planning committee at 7pm in Lambeth Town hall . For details of the committee papers see:
These meetings are open to the public who may speak in favour or against the proposals.
The shop has been derelict since it was last used as a Job Centre about 10 years ago. The owners plan a pub similar to Westow House at 79 Westow Hill, The EDT in Lordship Lane and Jam Circus in Brockley Road. See their web site for details :
And the new owners of Southern Pride on Elder Road are applying for a licence under the name of Scandals Bar & Club http://www.clubscandals.co.uk/index.php. For details of the licence see
Closing date for public ‘representations’ is 28th December 2009.
We still wait to see what happens to The Gipsy Queen on Norwood High Street and The Rose & Crown on Crown Lane which both remain closed.
If you comment on either of these developments please do copy in Cllr Jackie Meldrum at email@example.com