Significant Buildings

Falkland Park

Falkland Park was built in 1890 of white Suffolk bricks with Portland Stone dressings.  It was described by English Heritage in 1988 as of ‘Mongrel Classical Style’!  Like The Grange its portico’d entrance is to the side allowing as many rooms as possi …


Harold Road Tennis Club

  The Harold Lawn Tennis Club was opened in 1887 and occupied the land bordering Orleans Road, Vermont Road and Harold Road. The grounds covered 3 acres, and included seven grass courts, a club house, and a croquet lawn – later adding four hard co …


Gayfere

The original Gayfere ‘cottage’ to the left probably dating from before 1800 and the 1850s wing added by Mr Teasedale in the 1850s. The Leech Ponds behind Gayfere Within its walls, men lived who made their fortune from the quackery that was Edwardian me …


1836 The West Norwood Cemetery

The cemetery was founded by an Act of Parliament in 1836 and was consecrated for its first burials in 1837.  In 1836 the South Metropolitan Cemetery Company bought land from the late Lord Thurlow’s estate in Lower Norwood and created the second of the …


Stanley Halls, South Norwood

With the £120,000 raised from floating his business, The Stanley Works, on the stock market William F. R. Stanley announced that he would “provide the district with a well needed Public Hall” (Norwood News, 1901). The buildings were completed in stages …


The Crystal Palace

The Palace was designed by Sir Joseph Paxton and after the Great Exhibition finished in October 1851 he had the idea of moving it to Penge Place Estate, Sydenham as a ‘Winter Park and Garden under Glass’. Penge Place, now called Crystal Palace Park, wa …