Notable Norwoodians

Boothby, Dora (1881 to 1970)

Dora Boothby (1881-1970) 40 Harold Road Penelope Dora Harvey Boothby was born in Finchley, Middlesex on August 2nd 1881.  She and her older sister Gertrude lived with their stepparents at 40 Harold Road, Upper Norwood.  It was likely that she learned t …


Boulton, Sidney Alexander (1856-1932)

Sidney Alexander Boulton was born at sea in the Azores in 1856 probably during the family’s return from Bombay.  His father, Frederick Sidney Boulton was first the commander of the Sir Herbert Compton’ operating out of Bombay and by 1848 a Marine Surve …


Fortescue-Brickdale, Mary Eleanor (1872-1945)

Mary Eleanor Fortescue-Brickdale (25.1.1872-10.3.1945) Matthew’s daughter, Mary Eleanor Forestcue-Brickdale (born 25.1.1872) trained as an artist at Crystal Palace School of Art, under Herbert Bone, and entered the Royal Academy in 1896. Her first majo …


Hillier, George Lacy (1856 to 1941)

Lived at 16 Cintra Park George Lacy Hillier lived at ‘Ellison’ 16 Cintra Park.  He was an English racing cyclist, a pioneer of British cycling, and an excellent all-around athlete. He was one of the founders of the Chichester and District Motorcycle Cl …


Hollins, Alfred (1865-1942)

Lived at 3 Rockmount Road Lived at 3 Rockmount Road from 1891 to 1894.  Alfred Hollins, a blind composer and recitalist, was born in Hull on 11th September 1865.  He went to the Royal Normal College for the Blind at Upper Norwood in 1878.  Here he came …


Hood, Charles (1805-1889)

Charles Hood was born 10 April 1805 in Blackheath, Kent.  He was the second son of William and Ann Hood, nee Comber. William was an ironmaster manufacturing and selling iron. Charles was baptised 4 July 1810 at St Ann, Blackfriars, London.  When their …


Macfarlane, James Laird (1836 to 1913)

Lived at 18 Cintra Park James Laird Macfarlane was born in Paisley near Glasgow.  He studied at the Paisley Art School and then made his way to London to seek his fame and fortune. He may initially have been employed in fabric painting, but he soon fou …


Sir August Manns

Manns, Sir August (1825-1907)

Sir August Manns – 4 Harold Road (since demolished)  Extract from Norwood Society magazine volume 190: As Musical Director of the Crystal Palace from 1855 to 1901, August Manns made two very important contributions to English music. The Dictionary of N …


Martin, Reverend Henry (1879 to 1956)

Lived at 27 Cintra Park On the 1939 Census, No 27 Cintra Park, was a Vicarage.  Henry Martin (Bn 1879 D 1956) was a Presbyterian Church of England Minister (was the church on Westow Street).  He lived at No 27 with his wife Isabella (Bn 1879 D1967), so …


Pawson, William (1794-1863)

William Pawson was a local land owner at one time owning the whole of the Whitehorse Estate which included the Whitehorse farm and the Beulah Spa grounds. He was a wealth magistrate living in Farnley Yorkshire. He made his money as a woollen cloth merchant. He was never resident in Norwood but his name survives locally: Pawsons Road, Pawsons Arms and Pawson Place.