West Norwood cemetery
Over 750 buildings & places, not usually open to the public, are taking part in London’s 2016 Open House weekend .
In West Norwood on Saturday 17th September we have our own clock museum , Clockworks SE27 0JW & tours of the West Norwood cemetery SE27 9JU. Free entry . All welcome.
For more information on buildings & places open over the weekend in Lambeth (and the rest of London) see:
Sunday tours of the cemetery
Last Month the National Lottery granted Lambeth council £241k to draw up detailed plans to improve our historic cemetery. The improvement plans include new entrance gates, footpaths, drainage & improvements to the Greek Orthodox Necropolis. A Visitor Centre is a real possibility too. Once these plans pass the next stage the Heritage Lottery Fund will grant us £4.8m to implement the plans.
West Norwood’s cemetery is one of London’s historic Magnificent Seven cemeteries founded in 1836 and even has its own catacombs.
Friends of West Norwood Cemetery ( http://www.fownc.org/) organise free tours on the first Sunday of the month – meet inside main gates at 2.30pm. Donations appreciated!
For information on the catacombs see: http://www.itv.com/news/london/2016-01-25/under-london-exploring-the-citys-gothic-past-at-west-norwood/
Explore London’s architecture & urban design for free and visit buildings not normally open to the public.
In West Norwood these buildings are open to the public over the weekend:
- Julians Primary School 16 Wolfington Road SE27 0JF – Saturday and Sunday 10am to 1pm tours every 30 minutes
- South London Botanical Institute 323 Norwood Road SE24 9AQ – Sunday 1pm to 5pm
- South London Theatre 2a Norwood High Street SE27 9NS – Saturday Sunday 1pm t o5pm
- The Clock House 5 Chestnut Road SE27 9EZ – Sunday tours at 10am, 12noon, 2pm, 4pm
- The Clockworks Nettlefold Place SE27 0JW – Sunday tours 11am, 1pm, 3pm, 4.30pm
- Warren Apartments 8 Station Rise SE27 9BW – Saturday 10am to 5pm
- West Norwood Cemetery & Greek Chapel , Norwood High Street SE27 9JU – Sunday tours 2pm, 2.30pm, 3pm meet inside gates.
The full list of 800 buildings across London is at http://www.londonopenhouse.org/index.html
On Saturday 6th July at 7.30pm there is a wonderful Curious live evening event, curated by Vanessa Woolf and Nigel of Bermondsey….to be held in the unlit gothic surroundings of the Greek section of West Norwood Cemetery, Norwood High Street SE27 9JU .
Book your tickets via http://whatdreamsmaycome.eventbrite.co.uk/
With emcee Chris Roberts and Drawn To Stars- Vanessa Hammick and Aimee Corbett , Catherine Arnold (author of “Necropolis: London and its dead”), The Effras, Paul Garside, Stuart Forester, Mekella Broomberg.
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The Duke of Gloucester visited West Norwood Cemetery’s historic and unique catacombs on Thursday. The catacombs, designed by the architect William Tite, are rarely open to the public.They are significantly larger than in other cemeteries but are in a poor state of repair. The Friends of West Norwood Cemetery are working with Lambeth council on a Heritage Lottery Fund bid for money to restore the cemetery and build a visitor centre there.
Present at the royal visit, which was organised by Heritage of London, were Lambeth’s Mayor, Cllr Mark Bennett and Cabinet member Cllr Sally Prentice, who has responsibility for open spaces including cemeteries.
Friends of West Norwood cemetery organise free tours of the cemetery on the first Sunday of the month. For details see: http://www.fownc.org/