Notable Norwoodians

Martin Farquhar Tupper (1810 – 1889)

Lived at 13 Cintra Park MARTIN FARQUHAR TUPPER (Bn 17 July 1810 D 29 November 1889) was an Author and Barrister, who lived at ‘Trillorde Underhill’, No 13 Cintra Park (1881 Census), wife Isabella (aged 69), sons William (aged 36), Walter (aged 36), a C …


George Kift Winter M.I.C.E. F.R.A.S (1842 – 1898)

Educated at the Godolphin School in Hammersmith.  He was a Telegraph Engineer of the Madras Railway, of Arakkonam, in the Presidency of Madras, British India.  He was acknowledged for his invention of ‘improvements in electric telegraphs’ (1873).  He l …


Reverend Henry Martin (1879 to 1956)

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), sons Henry (Bn 1908 D1979) …


James Laird Macfarlane (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 …


George Lacy Hillier (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 …


Marie Stopes (1880-1958)

Lived at 28 Cintra Park Marie Stopes  was born on 15 October 1880 (Edinburgh) D 2 October 1958.  At six weeks old, her parents took Marie from Scotland and moved to London, where in 1880, her father bought No 8, ‘Kenwyn’ (also later known as Spring Ban …


William Pawson (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.


Joel Herbert Seaverns (1860-1923)

Lived at 8 Vermont Road He was the only son of Dr. Joel Seaverns and Jane Swain of Boston, Masachusetts.  He graduated with ‘magna cum laude’ from Harvard University with a BA degree in the Arts in 1881. He became a partner in the firm of Messrs Henry …


Dora Boothby (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 …


Sir August Manns

Sir August Manns – (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 …