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West Norwood, Surrey

Historical Description

Norwood, West (formerly Norwood St Luke, and afterwards Lower Norwood), an ecclesiastical parish iu Surrey, 5½ miles S of London Bridge, and situated between West Dulwich and Streatham. It has a station on the L.B. & S.C.R. from London Bridge to Victoria, and is in Lambeth civil parish. It was constituted in 1824, and has a population of 11,837. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Rochester; net value, £250 to £350. Patron, the Archbishop of Canterbury. The church was built in 1825 and restored in 1878. It is a plain brick building ' in the Gothic style. There are Baptist, Congregational, Wesleyan, and Primitive Methodist chapels; also the Norwood Institute, used chiefly by a number of charitable societies, a free library, and some almshouses. The Norwood or South Metropolitan Cemetery, which is in West Norwood, occupies about 40 acres, and displays much taste and beauty-Many persons of eminence and distinction lie buried here, among whom may be mentioned Sir William Napier, Douglas Jerrold, Sir J. N. Talfourd, Sharon Turner, Frederick Robson the comedian, and C. H. Spurgeon the great Baptist preacher.

Transcribed from The Comprehensive Gazetteer of England & Wales, 1894-5

Church Records, in association with Surrey History Centre, have images of the Parish Registers for Surrey online.

Land and Property

The Return of Owners of Land in 1873 for Surrey is available to browse.


Online maps of West Norwood are available from a number of sites:

Newspapers and Periodicals

The British Newspaper Archive have fully searchable digitised copies of the following Surrey papers online:

Visitations Heraldic

The Visitation of Surrey, 1662-1668 is available on the Heraldry page.

CountyGreater London
Postal districtSE27
Post TownLondon