Hadlow Place

Hadlow Place is a small cul-de-sac, 194ft/59 metres, opposite Waldegrave Road, and almost adjoining the railway line from Crystal Palace Station, on Anerley Road.  In February 1870, tenders were invited for paving and forming Hadlow Place and adjacent Brunswick Place.  St Paul’s School which was on the left (“north side”) was built 1869.  The area was known to be “in the Hamlet of Penge”.

Maps and Land Ownership

Hadlow Place 1894 or before

Reproduced with the permission of the National Library of Scotland/1952

Reproduced with the permission of the National Library of Scotland/1952

Hadlow Place on atreet map

This map from the 1890s indicates St Paul’s School –


These maps show the numbered properties clearly in the early 1950s – 




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Building of the street

Hadlow Place is a small cul-de-sac, 194ft/59 metres, opposite Waldegrave Road, and almost adjoining the railway line from Crystal Palace Station, on Anerley Road.  In February 1870, tenders were invited for paving and forming Hadlow Place and adjacent Brunswick Place.  St Paul’s School which was on the left (“north side”) was built 1869.  The area was known to be “in the Hamlet of Penge”.

It appears some residents stayed in Hadlow Place for many years, with three families living there for at least twenty years and two families for thirty years.  The King family moved in by 1871 and were still there on the 1911 Census.  Also, the Turners who arrived by 1871, with Mrs Elizabeth Turner (Bn 1843 D1923) there at least 40, possibly 50 years.  Also, Frank Ewen moved to 4 Hadlow Place by 1915 and was still resident there in the 1965 Street Directory.

In 1913, it was briefly considered for the possibility of an entrance to the Crystal Palace Low Level Station from Hadlow Place which didn’t materialize.

On 11 July 1944, a V1 struck in Anerley Road outside Crystal Palace Low Level Station.  The shops in Crystal Palace Station Road were demolished and several other nearby shops.  Houses were also damaged, including slight damage in Hadlow Place.

[© Julia Ray Heard] View up Anerley Road from Hadlow Place. Waldegrave Road is on the opposite side of Anerley Road.

[© Julia Ray Heard] Today Hadlow Place closer in, towards the railway line. Replacement housing.

[© Julia Ray Heard] Today View from the far end of Hadlow Place looking towards Anerley Road

[© Julia Ray Heard] Today View from the far end of Hadlow Place onto the Crystal Palace railway track and beyond

Hadlow Place on the left hand side Then and Now

[© Julia Ray Heard 2023] Hadlow Place is the corner on the lefthand side of the road. View today looking down Anerley Road


On the left hand side of Hadlow Place, was Saint Paul’s Schools building (mixed), built in 1869 for 200 children.  In January 1870, newspaper reports mention it as the new school room and it was continually very highly regarded.

It closed as a school in 1930 due to lack of space and the pupils moved to the new Anerley Junior and Infants School further down Anerley Road, behind Anerley Town Hall.  The building also acted as a hall for St Paul’s Church in Hamlet Rd and was a First Aid post during WW2.  In July 1944 it dealt with the multiple fatalities and casualties from two V1 attacks in successive days on Anerley Hill/Anerley Road and Palace Square.  This building was still standing, although unoccupied, in 1988 and demolished thereafter.

The short two rows of Victorian terraced houses in the cul-de-sac have also been demolished and new housing now stands on both sides of the road, first re-appearing in the electoral register in 1995.  The last reference to Hadlow Place in the register is in the 1989 register index, although there was no one living there by that point.  There is no street index for the years in between 1989 and 1995.  The houses next to St Paul’s School towards the Crystal Palace railway line (Nos 9, 8, 7 and 6) were demolished in the 1960s (they were still occupied until at least 1965) and the land became a children’s play area.  Remaining houses on the right hand side gradually became unoccupied until the late 1970s and were also demolished (date unknown).  Some houses may have been demolished early and the spaces sat empty for a while, or they could have been left derelict until the construction of the new houses.


Significant Street Buildings

    Hadlow Place – St Paul’s School 1869

    St Paul’s Schools building before demolition c1988/1989. Built 1869 At least as early as July 1892, the St Paul’s School building was used as a Polling Station and in 1939, a First Aid Post during WW2.  It was also used as a Sunday School, Girl Guides …

Social History


Norwood News – Saturday, 29 January 1870


On Tuesday last, an amateur concert was given in aid of the funds of St Paul’s Schools, in the new School-room, Hadlow Place, Anerley Hill and the performances were certainly superior to those usually met with at similar entertainments.


The interval of ten minutes was agreeably occupied by a duet played by the Misses Bertrum, “The Overture to William Tell.”  A solo flute was played by Mr AE Coventon, and Mr Robert Beringer was the accompanist throughout the evening; which must have been a very pleasant one to all who had the gratification of hearing the concert, and also to the ladies and gentlemen who so kindly lent their talents in aid of such an excellent object.  The concert was arranged by Sidney Turner, Esq.  We are glad to learn that the amount realised after paying all expenses was upwards of £40.

Sydenham Times – Tuesday, 8 February 1870

The Penge committee had considered the estimates for paving and forming Brunswick-place and Hadlow-place, and recommend they should be paved and tenders invited for the work.

Norwood News – Saturday, 5 March 1870


THE Committee of the St Paul’s Parochial Schools, Anerley, will meet at the School-room in Hadlow Place, Anerley-road, on Tuesday, 8 March, at seven o’clock in the evening precisely, to receive TENDERS for erection of Teacher’s Residence, and for completion of the School.  The drawings and specification may be inspected at the office of Mr Elkington, architect, 95 Cannon Street, City, on and after 1 March.  The Committee do not bind themselves to accept the lowest or any tender.

Sydenham Times – Tuesday, 3 May 1870

In connection with the amended apportionments of the costs of paving and forming Brunswick-place and Hadlow-place, Penge, it was stated that the cost of Brunswick-place would be £109 13s., and tar paving £27; and of Hadlow-place £133 14s., and tar paving £30.  The contractor was agreeable to the altered estimates.

Norwood News – Saturday, 11 February 1871


On Thursday Evening Next, the 16th Inst.,

A.F. Westmacott, Esq., M.A.

Will read at St Paul’s Schools, Hadlow Place, Anerley Road, the following Selections:-

Caleb Plummer, Part 1. Caleb Plummer, Part 2.

The Flaxdresser’s Wife and the Pound of Tea.

Frank Hayman’s Hound and the Hare.

To be interspersed with Songs and Music by the Upper Norwood Musical Society

Doors open at 7 : to commence at 7.30.  Admission 2d.  Reserved Seats, 6d

Norwood News – Saturday, 25 April 1874

APARTMENTS TO BE LET FURNISHED, or Bedrooms only; one minute from Palace Station – 1 Hadlow Place, Upper Norwood

Norwood News – Saturday, 7 November 1874

PARLOURS TO BE LET, furnished; also large front room as bed and sitting room.  Terms very moderate.  One minute from Crystal Palace Station (Low Level). – Apply or address, BETA, 1 and 2, Hadlow Place, Anerley Road, Upper Norwood.

Norwood News – Saturday, 30 January 1875

WANTED, a steady active Girl, about 16; must be good-tempered, civil and obliging; personal character from last place required. – Apply, any evening after five o’clock, at 1 Hadlow Place, Anerley Road, Upper Norwood.

Norwood News – Saturday, 6 February 1875

FURNISHED APARTMENTS (two minutes’ walk from the Crystal Palace Station, Low Level), to Gentlemen dining out.  Terms very moderate. – Address JS., 1 Hadlow Place, Anerley Road, Upper Norwood.

Norwood News – Saturday, 27 February 1875

APARTMENTS TO BE LET, Furnished, also Bedrooms, 5s, 6s and 7s weekly, including all extras; one minute from Crystal Palace station – Apply or address LEX, 1 Hadlow Place, Anerley Road, Upper Norwood.

Norwood News – Saturday, 1 January 1876




Conductor – Henry Dubber

THE MEETINGS will be resumed on Monday, 3 January, 1876 and continued every succeeding Monday, at 8.0pm, when the attendance of any Ladies or Gentlemen who may be willing to join will be welcomed.

HANDEL’S “MESSIAH” will be put in rehearsal

Subscription, 1s 6d per Quarter


Norwood News – Saturday, 20 May 1876

TO LET, Furnished House, eight rooms; three minutes’ walk from Crystal Palace.  Rent £2 2s per week. – Apply in first instance, 3, Hadlow Place, Anerley Road.

Norwood News – Saturday, 20 May 1876


LECTURE The Rev J McConnel Hussey will deliver one of his most popular lectures, entitled “Firesides” on Tuesday evening next, in St Paul’s School-room, Hadlow-place, Anerley-road, in aid of the funds of the Sunday School.  This is one of the best of his witty, humorous and at the same time instructive lectures, and we trust that a large sum will be realised for the good cause of religious education.

Sydenham, Forest Hill & Penge Gazette – Saturday, 31 January 1880


An interesting meeting was held on Wednesday evening last in the National school-room, Hadlow-place, to present a testimonial to, and take leave of, the Rev Frederick Smith.  Mr Smith is known as the able and valued secretary of the London Society for Promoting Christianity amongst the Jews, and has been recently appointed by the Simeon Trustees to the rectory of Woodchester.  He has resided in the parish of St Paul’s for more than 18 years, and has been connected with its history and work since its formation.  The estimation in which his services are held was shown by the number which assembled, in spite of the severity of the weather, to present to him their address and testimonial.  The Vicar, the Rev W.H.Graham, presided and opened the meeting with a prayer.  Having read letters of apology from Mr W Swansborough, churchwarden, and the Rev R.J. Simpson, both of whom deeply regretted their inability to be present, he called on Dr J Sidney Turner to address the meeting.

Dr Turner, in a few well-chosen words, referred to his own coming to the parish 15 years ago, and to the kind and active interest which Mr Smith was then taking, and which they all knew he continued to feel to the present.  They all heartily wished their friend “God speed” in his new parish.

The Rev George Read, curate, expressed the obligation under which the clergy of the parish were placed to Mr Smith, for his kind and ready help.  He had known Mr Smith during the eight years he was connected with St Paul’s and had received many acts of kindness from him.  He congratulated the people of Woodchester on having as their rector one whose views were so evangelical and settled and scriptural.


Captain Baker, R.N., as treasurer to ‘The Smith Testimonial Fund’, stated that 19 years had elapsed since he came to Norwood.  Mr Smith and his family settled in the parish soon after.  He had been on the same committees and sub-committees with their friend Mr Smith and had many opportunities of observing his abilities, his influence and the service he had rendered.

Norwood News – Saturday, 24 April 1880

SITUATION Wanted as head working Gardener, or single handed; understands early and late forcing and the general routine of garden work; age 36. – 2 Hadlow Place, Anerley Hill, Upper Norwood.

Norwood News – Saturday, 8 January 1881

Happy Evenings for the People


Hadlow Place, Upper Norwood

First Entertainment of READINGS and MUSIC

Will be given on


The Chair will be taken by the Rev W.H.Graham

Doors open ate 7.30; commence at 8 o’clock


Children (if accompanied by Parents) One Penny

Norwood News – Saturday, 29 October 1881

Happy Evenings for the People



Musical & Elocutionary


Under the direction of Mr S Mahood

Monday, 31 October, 1881

The Chair will be taken by Mr Neale F Horne

Doors open at 7.30   Commence at 8


Norwood News – Saturday, 29 July 1882


On Friday, the 21st inst., a group of happy children trooped along the Anerley-road, on their way from St Paul’s School-room, Hadlow-place, to Anerley Station, whence a special train conveyed them to Epsom Downs.  They were accompanied by the Rev WH and Mrs Graham, Rev A Gault, Rev CH Hanning, Mr and Mrs Horne, the Sunday and day school teachers, and about forty parents.  Unpropitious as this has been for summer outings, this day was exceptionally fine.  A delightful breeze swept over the Downs, and added to the enjoyment of the donkey rides, races, cricket and other amusements.  A most enjoyable afternoon was passed, which was much enhanced by the admiral arrangements which have been made this year by the lord of the manor, who has let to a responsible man, the right of erecting swings, refreshment booths, &c., which contrasted favourably with the annoyance caused in former years by gipsies.  A capital tea was provided under a large marquee.

Croydon Observer – Thursday, 3 August 1882

DR J.H.BARNARD, Central-hill, Upper Norwood, was summoned for assaulting Charles Norman Laker, on the 7 July. – Mr Young appeared for complainant; Mr J Tickell, barrister, for defendant. – Complainant said he lived at 1 Hadlow Place and was a gentleman’s servant.  On 19 June he was engaged by the defendant to wait upon an insane gentleman, his salary to be £35 per annum.  On the 17 July defendant called him into his room and accused him of having had a friend at the house, who had been kissing the housemaid.  Witness admitted that he had had a friend to visit him, but denied that he kissed the girl.  Defendant then struck him three times in the face, and his mouth bled. – Cross-examined: Defendant had not forbidden witness’s friend to enter his house.  These proceedings were not taken for the purpose of getting some compensation, but before issuing this summons witness did write to defendant and asked him if he was willing to offer compensation before further proceedings were taken. – Mr Tickell admitted that his client did strike the complainant one blow on the mouth after the complainant had used very abusive language.  The Bench fined defendant 1s and 13s costs.

Sydenham, Forest Hill & Penge Gazette – Saturday, 8 December 1883

The Inspector has reported that he has made a house to house inspection of 45 houses in Brunswick-place, Hadlow-place and Thicket-grove, and that the same were all in fair sanitary condition, except that the house No 3 Hadlow-place, required a trap to the sink and that the water closet and drain at 1 Thicket-grove, were defective.  The Committee have made orders for the necessary works in both cases.

Sydenham, Forest Hill & Penge Gazette – Saturday, 26 April 1884


On Monday last, a concert (for the benefit of a widow) was given in the schoolroom, Hadlow-place.  There was a large audience.  The most successful vocalists were Miss L Aldridge, Miss F Hamilton Smith, Miss Wilson, Miss Aldridge, Miss Elsie Evans and Mr H Cooper.  Owing to the absence of Miss Agness Maitland and Mr R Lansmere, the evening’s proceedings terminated rather earlier than would have been the case.

Norwood News – Saturday, 29 November 1884

WANTED, as Cook, by the day, week, or month, by a respectable Woman; good reference. G., 6 Hadlow Place, Upper Norwood.

Norwood News – Saturday, 4 April 1885

TO Florists and Gardeners. – A quantity of box barrows for Sale, price one guinea each. – At E.Leaper’s, 5 Hadlow Place, Anerley Road

Norwood News – Saturday, 4 July 1885

A GOOD Business Cart for Sale.  Price £6.  Also Garden Barrows painted at £1 1s each – E.Leaper, Coach and Cart Wheelwright. 5, Hadlow-place, Anerley-road, Upper Norwood

Norwood News – Saturday, 1 October 1887

FURNISHED Bedroom; use of sitting-room; 5s per week. – 5 Hadlow Place, Anerley Road, Upper Norwood.

Norwood News – Saturday, 1 June 1889

FIRST CLASS New Tradesman’s Cart (a bargain) and also Garden Barrow for Sale, at 5 Hadlow Place, Anerley Road, Upper Norwood

Norwood News – Saturday, 26 April 1890

FOR Sale, cheap, new Tradesman’s Cart; first class – Apply, Leaper, Hadlow Place, Anerley Road, close to Palace Low Level Station.

Norwood News – Saturday, 9 May 1891

WINDOWS Cleaned: Empty Houses Cleaned, on moderate terms.  AB., 3, Hadlow-place, Anerley-Road, Upper Norwood

Essex Newsman – Saturday, 16 May 1891


In reference to an affiliation case which came before the Witham bench on April 28, Mr FH Bright of Malden, applied to the magistrates on Tuesday for a summons for perjury against one of the witnesses for the defence. – The defendant in the case was a man named Herbert Towler, a greengrocer, of 9 Hadlow-place, Anerley; and the complainant Alice Lynn of Tolleshunt Major [Essex]. – In her evidence the complainant said she went to live at Anerley in 1887, and she there became acquainted with the defendant and eventually they were engaged to be married.  The defendant was intimate with her several times and in July 1889, she discovered she was pregnant; she told him of her condition, and he said they would have to get married.  Defendant had repeatedly promised to marry her, and in fact he went to Penge to see how much it would cost to be married.  Defendant had been to her home in Beckingham, Tolleshunt Major several times and had told her mother that they were going to be married.  She had received a number of letters from him in which he said he “was so disappointed at not seeing her dear face at the window,” and was anxiously awaiting another opportunity for a “sweet kiss”.  In referring to a book she had lent him, he said he was especially interested in the part about “trifling with the affections”.  She was confined of a male child in April 1890, at her mother’s house at Beckingham, Tolleshunt Major.  She had written to defendant several times since her confinement, but she had received no reply.  She denied having been intimate with anyone else.

The defendant, who was called for the complainant, did not deny his intimacy with the complainant, but said there were others who had been just as intimate.  He had acted straightforwardly with the girl until he found that she had not been true to him.  He had made arrangements to get married, but when he told his brothers they said they had been intimate with complainant all the time he had been walking out with her, and when he went to her and told her in the presence of his brother, she did not deny it.  He would have acted honourably towards her, and would have married her, but when his own brothers told him how false she had been to him, he could not.  He would have nothing to do with her after this.  He denied the paternity of the child and could not tell whose it was, “as there were so many”.  Thomas Towler, a cabman, of 49 St Hugh’s-road, Anerley, brother of the defendant deposed that complainant went to his house when she came back from the country in April 1889, and stayed there two months. While she was there he was intimate with her eight or nine times.  He was a married man and had been married five years. His wife was alive and was still living with him. He had three children. He had committed adultery with this girl. His wife had gone out shopping when it took place. The complainant would never leave him alone while she was at his house; she was always messing him about. When his brother informed him he was going to marry complainant he told him he was going to marry wrongly.

Harry Towler, fishmonger, of 9 Hadlow-place, Anerley, said he had been intimate with complainant plenty of times and he thought she should be ashamed of herself for summoning his brother, the character she knew she was.  He knew his brother was engaged to her, and he (witness) was intimate with her all the time.  He did not know his brother was going to be married to her.  When his brother told him he was going to marry her, he said he would not like to see him marry a girl like that and told him of what had taken place.  He went with his brother to her and she admitted it and acknowledged that she had not been true to him.  There were others who had been intimate with her.  He had been intimate with her hundreds of times.  It was while she was living at 50 Thicket-road.  The child might be his more than his brothers.

The magistrates retired and on their return the Chairman said they had decided to dismiss the case, but the bench would not state upon what grounds. – On Tuesday, Mr Bright applied for a special case to be granted, so that the matter might be argued in the Queen’s Bench Division, on the grounds that the admittances on oath of the defendant were sufficient corroboration of the complainant’s evidence and that the evidence for the defence was improperly admitted.  The magistrates granted the application.  He also asked for a summons against Thomas Towler, for perjury and this application was likewise granted.  The Public Prosecutor has been communicated with and he has a copy of the notes taken by the Clerk.  The Chairman said manifest perjury had been committed, but it would have to be decided who was guilty of the perjury.

Norwood News – Saturday, 27 February 1892

FURNISHED Apartments. – A bedroom and one sitting room, nicely furnished; quiet house; good cooking; suit gentleman or two friends; terms moderate. – 1 Hadlow Place, two minutes’ walk from Low Level Station.

Norwood News – Saturday, 10 December 1892

THE COAL FUND FOR THE POOR A concert will be held at St Paul’s Schoolrooms, Hadlow-place, in aid of the above fund, on Monday, December 12th.  Mrs Snelling, of Glenthorne, Waldegrave-road, has prepared a good programme for the occasion.  Funds are urgently required to aid the poor in the coming hard winter. Tickets, 1s, 6d., and 2d., can be obtained from Mr Amos, 61 Anerley-road, and Mr Nicholls, 78 Anerley-road; also Mrs Snelling, Glenthorne, Waldegrave-road.

Norwood News – Saturday, 1 April 1893

WANTED, by a respectable person, Work by the day or week; Cooking or Cleaning; good references. – L.K., 9 Hadlow Place, Upper Norwood

Norwood News – Saturday, 25 July 1896


The report of H.M. Inspector, just received, awards the highest grants in all subjects to the school in Hadlow-place, of which Mr E Galer is the honoured head-master, and the Examination is again waived.  Last month three pupils passed the entrance examination for the Pupil-teachership, and Alice Kelsey, a pupil in the First Class, won a County Council Scholarship of £20 and Free Education for two years at a Secondary School.

Norwood News – Saturday, 28 November 1896


Passengers who use the Low Level Crystal Palace Station are threatened with the withdrawal of a privilege which to very many of them will amount to a serious daily inconvenience.  Notice is given that on and after January 1 1897, no access to the station and no egress from it will be allowed by way of the coal yard.  The reason for this is said to be that some passengers abuse the privilege, disregarding the notices by which they are “strictly forbidden” to cross the Croydon lines and defying the servants of the company when they interfere. This is really so dangerous a practice that any recognition of it would involve the company in great responsibility for either they must employ men to see that no risk is run, or be prepared to suffer penalty in case of an accident.

There are other points at which a convenient entry could be made without exposing passengers to risk.  The Lullington-road and Hadlow-place both offer facilities easy of adaption, and considering that the station is really very difficult of approach from below the Brunswick Hotel, it is not too much to expect and to ask that the company will not close the coal yard without, in some other way, providing for the purposes which it has so long served.

Norwood News – Saturday, 5 June 1897


Henry Higbid, 47, Anerley-vale, whose face was injured and surgically bandaged, was charged with being drunk, disorderly and using obscene language in Hadlow-place, Upper Norwood, also with assaulting the police. – PC Wheeler stated that on Saturday night, he was called by Mr James Hill, 6 Hadlow-place, to the accused, who was creating a disturbance outside.  He found the man drunk and using obscene language.  He refused to go away.  He went to the top part of Hadlow-place and witness again requested him to go away when prisoner struck him on the right cheek.  He closed with him and prisoner threw him to the ground.  He then took him into custody.  Prisoner again threw him and fell, and the constable fell on top of him, causing injury to the prisoner’s face, and also injuring witness’s hand.


Station-sergeant Meaden, on behalf of the police, said prisoner was a worthless fellow, hanging about at public houses.  – The Chairman said he was a  perfect nuisance to the neighbourhood. – Three weeks’ hard labour without the option of a fine.

Streatham News – Saturday, 3 July 1897

CHILDREN’S TEA One of the teas arranged for children under seven, in connection with the Princess of Wales’ fund for celebrating the Jubilee, took place on Wednesday at St Paul’s school-room, Hadlow-place, and was a great success.  About 60 children were present and had a capital tea, with fruit, &c.  The Rev Mc L Marsden represented the Vicar, who was prevented from attending by a preaching engagement, and the youngsters were cared for by Mr Galer and his staff, including Miss Hooker, Miss Brown, Miss Dumper, Miss Wheeler and Miss Stanton, assisted by many of the elder scholars.  On leaving, the little ones had sweets and oranges given to them.

Norwood News – Saturday, 3 July 1897


Mrs Eliza Bell, respectably dressed, of 9 Hadlow-place, Upper Norwood, was charged on suspicion with having in her possession a quantity of roses and flower pots supposed to have been stolen. – Daniel Taylor 127P, stated that at quarter past six that morning, he was in Cintra Park, and noticed the accused carrying a basket (produced).  Having had numerous complaints about flowers being stolen, he asked what the basket contained.  Accused replied, “Why, what do you want to know for?”.  He told her unless she told him she would have to go to the police-station.  She opened the basket and he saw that it contained roses, two flower pots, a knife and other articles.  He afterwards found that the roses were obtained at 56 Belvedere-road, an unoccupied house.  The accused went through the sideway to the back garden.  The Chairman to the accused: You know that you should not have done this.  If anyone comes here for stealing flowers they will be punished.  Go away.

Norwood News – Saturday, 7 May 1898

WANTED, Charing or Cooking, by day or week. – R., 1, Hadlow Place, Anerley Hill

Beckenham Journal – Saturday, 21 May 1898


At the Petty Sessions on Tuesday, Ada Steptoe and Emily Barnard, described as general servants, of 27 Jasmine Grove, Anerley, were charged with being concerned together in stealing from No 2 Hadlow Place, two pillows and one sheet, value £1, the property of Ernest Bushell, between the 4 and 6 April. – Lucy Bushell said she was the wife of Ernest Bushell, a fishmonger, of 2 Hadlow Place, Anerley Road.  On the 4 April, the prisoners took a furnished room at her house of 5s a week, and they lodged with her for seven weeks.  They paid their rent regularly until the last two weeks.  After they left witness went to their room and missed two pillows and a sheet.  Last Friday, witness saw the two prisoners in Waldegrave-road and spoke to them about the loss of her property.  They admitted takings the things and told witness that if she would wait until Saturday they would return them.  The things, however, were not returned.  Witness again saw them on Monday night when they said they had got the things at home.  Witness went to their lodgings and found that they had not got the things and she subsequently gave information to the police.  – PC 543P, stated that he took the prisoners into custody and they made no reply to the charge.  When searched, two pawn-tickets were found on Barnard.  Prisoners were remanded for a week.

Norwood News – Saturday, 14 December 1889

DICKENS’ ‘CHRISTMAS CAROL’ AT HADLOW PLACE – On Monday evening, the Rev Taylor Smith gave a most interesting reading of Charles Dickens’ immortal and evergreen ‘Christmas Carol’ to a crowded audience in Hadlow-place.  The chair was occupied by Rev JWW Moeran and the lantern was manipulated by Mr Pope.  The reading was remarkable for its lucidity and intellection.  The lantern scenes were capitally drawn and had evidently been reproduced from photographs.  Mr Scrooge in bed, the ghosts of mis-spent Christmases, and the exaggerated terrors of his evil ways were each in turn depicted upon the screen with remarkable fidelity.  At the conclusion of the entertainment the reader was the recipient of a hearty vote of thanks, proposed by Rev. JWW Moeran.

Norwood News – Saturday, 31 August 1901


George Wilson of 2 Hadlow-place, Upper Norwood, was charged with being drunk whilst driving a pony and cart. – PC 464 said noticing on the previous afternoon, the way in which the accused was driving his milk cart, he stopped him and then found that he was very drunk. – Prisoner expressed his sorrow; it should not occur again. – Mr Tolhurst thought it a serious matter, as the prisoner might have killed someone. – Fined 10s., costs 3s 6d., or 14 days.

Norwood News – Saturday, 14 December 1901

ST PAUL’S C.E.T.S. – On Tuesday, a temperance concert and meeting was held in the Schoolroom, Hadlow-place.  Miss Secretan sang solos, and there was an exhibition of the gramophone.  A short, interesting address was delivered by the Rev RW Atkinson, vicar of St John’s, Deptford.

Beckenham Journal – Saturday, 8 November 1902


At The Police Court on Tuesday, John Denton, of 33 Anerley Road was summoned for ill-treating a horse by working it in an unfit state in Auckland Road, Upper Norwood. – Louis Roffey of 6 Hadlow-place, Anerleywas summoned for causing the horse to be worked:- Seymour Corbett, Inspector of the RSPCA said he saw Denton in Auckland Road, Norwood, driving a horse attached to a van loaded with milk cans.  Noticing the animal was uneasy he examined it and found it in poor condition.  There were wounds on each shoulder on which the collar was pressing tightly.  Defendant said he knew there were sores, but did not know they were raw.  Roffey subsequently admitted to him that he sent the horse out.  The horse would not have been sent out but there was no other to go.  – PC 186P corroborated. – Horton Nichols manager of the dairy, said he saw the animal before it went out and found it fit for work.  Roffey was fined 20s and 12s costs, and Denton 10s and 10s costs.

Norwood News – Saturday, 13 August 1904


George Tunbridge, 31, of Hadlow-place, Anerley, was charged with embezzling between the 10 June and 30 July, £3 6s 10d., the money of his employer, Frederick Griffiths, butcher, of 34 Westow-hill, Upper Norwood.  Frank Gent, of 59 Alexandra-road, prosecutor’s manager, said that accused was, up to last Saturday, employed to deliver meat on the rounds, and he was authorised to collect accounts.  Among others, witness discovered that Mrs Fowler, of 32 Palace-square, had paid him 10s 2d and the proprietor of the Paxton Arms Hotel, Anerley-road, 7s., neither of which had been paid in or accounted for. – Mr Tyler, manager at the Paxton Arms, and Mrs Fowler proved paying the accused. – Detective Charles, of the P Division, said he arrested accused on Saturday at the shop.  Accused said, “I can pay all the money.  It is only about £9.”  Accused is married, with a delicate wife and three children, and the money, he said, had gone to pay a doctor’s bill.  His wages were 25s a week, with a joint on Saturdays.

In consideration of a plea for leniency, accused was only sent to prison for a month with hard labour and 11s 6d found on him was ordered to be given to his wife on account of her distress.

Norwood News – Saturday, 22 July 1905

RENT 15s weekly; eight-roomed House; newly done up; good garden – No 3 Hadlow Place, Anerley Road, S.E.

Sydenham, Forest Hill & Penge Gazette – Saturday, 29 July 1905

The work of alterations to St Paul’s Schools, Hadlow Place, Penge, is to be commenced at once.  The cost will be about £275.

Mr Stratton has presented the Penge Liberal Club with a flagstaff, and a flag has been purchased upon which the words “Liberal Club” are inscribed.  A members’ flower show is to be held in August

Norwood News – Saturday, 2 June 1906


The committee reported the election of Councillor Bryce Grant as chairman for the current year.

Councillor Grant said that since the meeting, they had considered a plan submitted by the British Electric Traction Company for a permanent crossing in Anerley-road, between Brunswick-place and Hadlow-placeand they recommended that the same be approved.  They also considered a plan for the re-building of ‘The Railway Bell’, Oakfield-road and recommended that the same be passed.

Croydon Times – Saturday, 13 June 1908


At the Penge Police Court on Tuesday, Chas Gardiner, of 4 Hadlow-place, Upper Norwood was summoned for keeping a dog without a license. – Defendant was absent when the case was first called, but he subsequently appeared and intimated that he had been out of work for some time. – He was fined 2s 6d and costs.

Norwood News – Saturday, 5 July 1913

The Penge Council should use its very best efforts with the Brighton Railway Company to give an entrance to the Low Level Station via Hadlow-place.  It would be a great improvement, save passengers much time and should add to the number using the station.  With persons wanting to catch a train who find themselves in the Anerley-road, it is a case of so near and yet so far to reach the station.  The company, however, will need a good deal of pressure before granting the concession.  The Council should start on the job recognising that it will be a tough one.  All the more praise will be theirs if they succeed.

Beckenham Journal – Saturday, 8 April 1916


After the conclusion of 25 years’ service at St Paul’s School, Hadlow Place, Anerley, where he is headmaster, Mr E Galer was first presented on Friday by the Rev S.M. Warner, a vicar of St Paul’s, with £25, subscribed by members of the St Paul’s congregation, the Penge Education Committee and the school managers.  The Rev Warner spoke very highly of Mr Galer’s work in the school and in the parish and Dr Turner also spoke to the children of having such a good master as Mr Galer. – Mr Rodwell, assistant master, then presented Mr Galer with a spirit kettle and a set of hair brushes on behalf of the scholars and the staff.  Mr W.T. Stuart, headmaster of Oakfield-road, expressed the good will of every teacher in the district. – Mr Galer replied and alluded to the success scholars from the school had made in the commercial world.

Norwood News – Friday, 3 October 1924


St Paul’s Guild of Fellowship held its first meeting of the season at the Parish School Hall, Hadlow Place, on Monday last.  This took the form of a musical evening provided by the choir under the direction of Mr WT Stuart.  The school had been transformed with the aid of bunting and flowers, and was packed to overflowing with enthusiastic members.  The vicar said the fellowship met a real need.

Norwood News – Friday, 6 February 1925



Writing in the Parish Magazine on the subject of the closing of St Paul’s Day School, the vicar (Rev WR Mussel-White) says:


“Our day school has played an important part in our parochial life almost from the time when this parish was formed.  The building, however, in which it is carried on has for some years been regarded by the Board of Education as inadequate and incapable of further improvement.  Whitehall is now bringing pressure to bear upon our local education committee, and we are informed that the time draws near when Penge will build another school which will render our school superfluous.

“St Paul’s School bears an honoured reputation in the neighbourhood and I am sure that the Education Committee (with whom our relations have always been of the friendliest nature) will, with us, view its closure, when the time comes, with regret…..We are no longer able to meet the requirements of the State and our responsibilities will fall upon the broader shoulders and larger pockets of the ratepayers as a whole.  For the comfort of our parents, I may add that it will be some little time before our School actually closes its doors.

“I have also to announce that Mr Elias Galer, our esteemed Head Master, has now reached retiring age and has sent in his resignation to take effect on April 30, when he will have completed just over 34 years’ service in our school.  Mr Galer has done most efficient and conscientious work among our children, and his name has become a household word in the parish during that time.  We wish him and Mrs Galer every blessing in the future and a long period of well-deserved retirement, and we congratulate ourselves that we shall still retain his assistance in other departments of our work, particularly in the financial affairs of our Council.”

Norwood News – Saturday, 28 May 1927


There was no special performance on Empire Day, but the lessons in the morning were based on Empire topics, and under the direction of Mr GHL White, patriotic songs were heartily rendered.  The vicar (Rev W R Musselwhite) presented medals which had been awarded to the school by the Empire Day Medal Association.  These were given to the children who, in the opinion of the staff, had shown a great interest in or knowledge of the Empire.  Bronze medals were awarded to Edith Facey and Samuel Hunter, and Aluminium medals to Gladys Ray, Mabel Ashbolt, Muriel Broadway, Georgina Tutt, Cecily Stokes, Joan Hunt, William Bass, George Cater, Leslie Crippen, Leonard Parker, Fred Aylett and Eric Gilding.

Norwood News – Friday, 10 March 1933


Miss Dewey’s concert at the Guild of Fellowship, attracted a large audience this week and the schoolrooms at Hadlow Place were only just large enough to accommodate all the people.  The programme, which lasted three hours, opened with a song by Mrs Grice, which was followed by a recitation by Miss Joyce Scottorn and a song by Mr Frampton.  Mrs Dean then entertained the audience with an amusing monologue, Miss Smith played some solos on a saw, and the first half concluded with the performance of an amusing sketch entitled “Blatherwick’s Diplomacy”.

Norwood News – Friday, 22 December 1933



St Paul’s parish hall in Hadlow-place now has a permanent stage, as a result of internal improvements initiated by Mr FJ Harman, and recently carried out.  The official dedication ceremony took place on Monday last at the end of the first half of a concert arranged by Mr Harman, under the auspices of the Guild of Fellowship.

In formally handling it over, Mr Harman said that members of his family, assisted by Rovers and Scouts, had washed down the walls, and a supply of paint had been given to them, while Mr CT Patience provided the wood and his workmen assembled the stage during the evenings after their ordinary day’s work.

The vicar, the Rev FT Thornburgh, then thanked the previous speakers and formally received the stage on behalf of St Paul’s.  The wardens, Mr SA Parr and Mr F Galer, also voiced their warm appreciation.

Mrs Harman afterwards appealed for volunteers to furnish the windows of the hall, the approximate cost being 4s.6d. per window.

The concert consisted of a series of song “pictures”, excellently performed, in which the singer stood within a frame; two excerpts from Shakespearean plays and two humorous sketches, the second “A Medical Examination” acted by Bob Privett and F Harman, causing much amusement.  Owing to the late hour, the concluding sketch had to be postponed.

Norwood News – Friday, 12 April 1940

FANAGRAM enthusiasts will have their last chance this week – at least for a few months- of winning free seats at the cinema in our popular weekly competition which has been run in conjunction with the Rialto and Albany Cinemas, Church Road, Upper Norwood.  During the past three months, it has given immense pleasure to the hundreds of readers who have occupied a few hours of the black-out by making up Fanagrams from film titles. 


Last week’s example was Claude Rains in “Mr Smith Goes to Washington” and the winning entries are as follows:-

WGN Choomrits in “It’s Sure Land Mania He’s Got!”, submitted by Mrs W Piggott, 7 Hadlow Place, Upper Norwood.  And you don’t need to be told who he is!

Norwood News – Friday, 25 April 1941

A number of tableaux arranged by the local Civil Defence Service were particularly effective.  Some of the best were those organised by the first-aid post at Hadlow-place, Upper Norwood, consisting of four tableaux, depicting the work of nurses during the last 90 years.


The first showed incidents in the Crimea War, the part of Florence Nightingale being taken by Nurse Choat, then came the Boar War, and incidents from the Great War, in which the part of Edith Cavell was played by Nurse Lynch.  The last tableaux showed the work of the nursing in bombed cities during the present war.

Norwood News – Friday, 25 April 1941


A substantial amount for War Weapons Week was raised by the Hadlow-place (Upper Norwood) First Aid Post when they had a whist drive on Tuesday.

There was a good attendance and the winners were: Miss Peeling, Mrs Pulsford, Mrs Mayor, Mr Jacobs, Mr Adams, Mr Alfred, Mrs Gotham, Mrs Norris, Mrs Ricketts, Mrs Carpenter and Mr Rarp.  Mrs Rideout was MC.


Counc. George, who was present, gave a short address and auctioned eggs, bought by himself, which realised 30s, and a luncheon set for 12s 6d.

The takings at the White Elephant stall amounted to £15.

Norwood News – Friday, 20 June 1941

A.R.P. Social and Dance

Post 2 Wardens Arrange Pleasing Entertainment

A social and dance at Hadlow Hall on Saturday arranged by the wardens of Post 2, was an unqualified success, thanks to the untiring efforts of many people.

The dance was held by permission of Dr Keleher in the rest room of the First Aid Post, Hadlow-place and the band was supplied by Mr C Hurran, a part-time warden attached to Post 2.

Sister Keegan and her nursing staff worked hard decorating the room and arranging details.


Post Warden Ellis Fairn, thanked all those who had contributed to make the social possible and Mr Cyril Axby, who officiated as M.C., specially thanked Mr C.F. Court for his untiring efforts made in making the arrangements.


Norwood News – Friday, 12 December 1941


The Penge “Aid to Russia” Fund will benefit to the extent of over £40 as the result of a jumble sale organised by the nursing staff of the Hadlow-place First Aid Centre, at Hadlow-place, Upper Norwood, on Saturday.

The honorary secretary to the Penge War Savings Committee, Mr Frank Turner, opened the sale.

Many of the people who attended the sale, not only bought, but brought goods for sale.  The stalls for clothing, books, toys, furniture and hardware, were stocked with articles, mainly collected by the nurses and wardens, with the aid of a horse and cart, suitably decorated, lent by Mr Cloud, greengrocer, Anerley-hill.

Old silver, presented by Mr Whately, Church-road, Upper Norwood, realised £5.  A supply of vegetables and a live rabbit was presented by Mr E Rogers, a local demolition squad leader.

Sister Keegan, Mr J Baxter (District Warden), Mr Cyril Axby, Nurse Lynch and Nurse Wigmore, were the organising committee.

Norwood News – Friday, 12 December 1941


Mr Ronald Gourley, the blind pianist of BBC fame, arranged the dance band and personally attended the dance organised at their Hadlow Place depot, on Thursday evening of last week for ‘Aid to China’.

There was a prize gift competition and the first prize was won by Mr Wallis of the Associated Equipment Company, Southall.  Second prize was won by Deputy Post Warden Chas. Cunningham (Post 2).

Norwood News – Friday, 17 January 1947


Celebrations at Hadlow Place

St Paul’s Boys’ Club, Hadlow-place, Upper Norwood, celebrated its first anniversary on Monday.  Made up of senior boys from the Bible Class, CHOIR and St Paul’s (Upper Norwood) Sunday School, its aim is to encourage the boys’ physical, mental and spiritual growth.


“We want the young people to develop and be able to offer their powers of mind and body to the service of their fellow men and the making of a better world,” Mr C Weir, the club leader said on Monday.

Whilst games and competitions livened things up at first, a bout of blindfold boxing between Jim Brown and Malcolm Brown keyed up excitement.  The result was a draw – a fair decision, as the boxers scarcely ever hit each other!

Although Miss Daphne Humberstone used the piano to accompany the boys in a sing-song, it was taken over twice during the evening by David Stone, club treasurer, for a solo, and by Martin Butler and David Stone for a duet.

Later Mr Weir thanked the club workers and in particular, Miss M Dewey, a prominent member of the Women’s Membership and Mothers’ Union, assisted by Mrs M Brown, Mrs GL Stone and Mrs C Weir.

Norwood News – Friday, 11 April 1947


Mr AH Hart, Hadlow-place, Upper Norwood, was cutting rails in the goods yard at Crystal Palace Low Level Station on Thursday of last week, when he was struck in the throat by a steel splinter  He was treated at Beckenham Hospital.

Norwood News – Friday, 3 March 1950


The death took place on Friday, of Mr Elias Galer, Hamlet-road, Upper Norwood.  He was 84 and had lived in the district for 60 years.

Mr Galer was for many years headmaster of St Paul’s School, Hadlow-place, and was church warden and treasurer of St Paul’s Church.

A man of active mind, he took a keen interest in the local National Savings movement, having been District Organiser during the First World War.

Mr Galer was at one time treasurer of Penge Choral Society.  He was a Diocesan Lay Reader.  Mr Galer was a widower.  There are two sons, one of whom is in Northern Rhodesia.

Interment in the family grave at Elmers End Cemetery tomorrow (Saturday) will be preceded by a memorial service at St Paul’s Church at 11am.

Norwood News – Friday, 26 March 1954


Miss Kathleen Vera Purbrick of Hadlow-place, Upper Norwood, was married on Saturday at St Paul’s Church, Hamlet Road, Upper Norwood, to Mr William Herdic, of Czechoslovakia.  Given away by her brother, Mr Vincent Kenneth Purbrick, the bride wore white figured brocade and carried a bouquet of red carnations and lilies-of-the-valley.

The bridesmaids were the Misses Jean Purbrick, Sheila Purbrick, Doris Milne and Mabel Highlands.  Mr Joe Sirokh was the best man.

Norwood News – Friday, 3 October 1958


The Ministry decided not to re-site the pedestrian crossing at the foot of Anerley Hill to the junction of Hadlow Place, on the grounds that the accident rate at the crossing has been very low – only one accident in five and a half years.

“I think it should be moved,” said Counc. S Bailey, “but there is nothing more we can do at the moment; we will just have to give it another eighteen months.”



Stated on the Census returns, the main occupations of the residents, were:


Bricklayers, Carpenters, Clerk, Domestic Servant, Dressmaker, Engine Driver, Gardeners, Gas Fitter, Hotel Porter, House Painter, Housekeeper, Professors of Music, Railway Porters, Ship’s Carpenter, Stonemason, Surgeon’s Dentist.


Army Pensioner Tailor, Carman, Carpenter and General Decorator, Coachman Domestic Servant, Cook, Charwomen, Dairyman, Domestic Servant, Draper’s Assistant, Dressmaker, Gas Fitter, Governess, Groom and Gardener, Laundress, Model Maker, Monitor in a School, National School Mistress, Navy, Nurse, Plain Needlewoman, Public House Cellarman, Railway Clerk, Salesman Crystal Palace, Soldier, Ticket Clerk, Upholsteress, Waiter.


Army Reserve, Bootmaker, Bricklayer’s Labourer, Carpenter, Cellarman, Clerk, Clerk in Coal Office/Shop, Clerk in Crystal Palace, Dressmaker, Fishmonger & Poulterer, Housemaid Domestic, Laundry, Oilman’s Assistant, Ostler, Pensioner, Railway Porter, School Master, Stay Maker, Waiter, Waitress, Wheelwright.


Baker/Bread Maker, Coachman Groom, Cook Domestic, Dressmaker, Fishmonger, Florist’s Assistant, Gardener’s Foreman, Hosier/Haberdasher man, Housemaid Domestic, Journeyman Butcher, Living on Own Means, Mantle Maker (Tailor), Milk Carrier, Plumber, Poulterer, Typewriter, Waiter.


Barber’s Assistant, Boot Shop Assistant, Bricklayer, Carpenter & Joiner, Charwoman, Coachman, Domestic Cook, Domestic Gardener, Dressmaker, Fishmonger & Poulterer, Housemaid, Milk Carrier, Needlewoman, Pensioners, Potman, Stationary Engineman.

On the 1871 Census, house numbers were not stated.







    Adams – 3 Hadlow Place

    Walter J Adams (Bn 1845).  In 1891, he was a 45 year old Widower, occupation, a Waiter.  He lived with his two daughters, Maude (Bn1876 Thornton Heath ) and Floria (Bn 1873 Thornton Heath).  By 1911, he had emigrated to Canada with Floria.  Maude had m …

    Alley – 6 Hadlow Place

    In 1851, Henry Alley, aged 4 (Bn 4 December 1846 Battersea D1926 aged 80) was living in Upper Streatham and his father’s occupation was a Coachman for a Gentleman. 1863 Henry is a Booking Clerk at Lower Norwood Railway Station on a salary of 7 shilling …

    Bushell – 2 Hadlow Place

    At 2 Hadlow Place in 1901 and 1911, lived Ernest (Bn 1852 Hampton D1903 aged 50) and Lucy Bushell (Bn Richmond, Surrey) (Bn 1855 Richmond, Surrey D1938) married 10 January 1875 (Hammersmith) when he was aged 22 and Lucy was aged 20.  His occupation was …

    Carter – 7 Hadlow Place

    Also in 1901, at 7 Hadlow Place, lived John (Bn 1873 Norwood) and Eliza Carter (Bn 1874 Norwood) with their son John (Bn 1897) and daughters Beatrice (Bn 1898) and Lily (Bn 1900).  John and Eliza had married on Christmas Day 1895, at All Saints Upper N …

    Cater – 3 Hadlow Place

    At 3 Hadlow Place in 1881 lived William Cater (Bn 1834/35 Colchester D1902) aged 46, occupation a Waiter, his wife Elizabeth (Bn 1844) aged 37, with their four sons William (14) a Railway Porter, Alfred (12) (Bn 1868 D1881), Harry (6), Arthur (3) and t …

    Clacey – 2 Hadlow Place

    George Harry Clacy (Bn 1839 Finchampstead, Berkshire D1913 2 Hadlow Place, aged 74 buried at West Norwood Cemetery).  In 1864, he married Ann Elizabeth Reed (Bn 1841) in Somerset.  In 1861, aged 22, he was a Farm Servant in Finchampstead.  They had a s …

    Cloud – 9A Hadlow Place

    Listed in the 1964 and 1965 Street Directories, were Albert and Edna Cloud.  They were related to Elizabeth Cloud, who ran the popular local greengrocers opposite, on the corner of Waldegrave Road at 88 Anerley Road.

    Copland – 8 Hadlow Place

    A Lodger at 8 Hadlow Place with the King family who were also resident there (also see 3 Hadlow Place), was Harry Copland, aged 19 (Bn 1872 Norwood).  His occupation was a Clerk in the Crystal Palace.

    Dodsworth 1 Hadlow Place

    DODSWORTH John Dodsworth (aged 29, Widower) (Bn 1872 Norwood D1949), a Journeyman Butcher. He married Annie Potter in 1896 (Bn 1870 D1898, aged 28). Arthur Dodsworth (Bn 1880 D1941), was in the Hosiery and Haberdasher trade and later a Commercial Trave …

    Durman – 2 Hadlow Place

    DURMAN Edward Durman (Bn 1833 D1886 aged 53 at 1 Chatham Terrace, Woodland Hill, buried in Norwood Cemetery).  He married Augusta in 1857, in Old Windsor. In 1871, they were living in Hadlow Terrace, when he was a 38 year old Gas Engineer.  They had tw …

    Ebre – 4 Hadlow Place

    On the 1881 Census, at No 4 Hadlow Place is Widow, Ann Ebre (aged 54) (Bn 1826 D1889 4 Hadlow Place, aged 62) Charwoman, Lodger.  She is also in Hadlow Place in 1871. She was the daughter of Thomas Smith (a Shoemaker) (Bn 1796/7) and his wife Susan (né …

    Ewen – 4 Hadlow Place

    On the April 1911 Census, Frank Aaron Ewen (Bn 18 May 1884 Anerley), was living at 6 Palace Road (2 rooms), occupation a Greengrocer, aged 26.  He had married Florence Amelia Brigden (Bn 1882 D1927) on 11 March 1911. By 1915, they had moved to 4 Hadlow …

    Frederick and Edwin Tuddenham – 2 Hadlow Place

    FREDERICK TUDDENHAM & EDWIN TUDDENHAM Frederick William Tuddenham (Bn1848 Brighton).  His father, Hawes (1808-1857) had been a Coachman/Flyman.  Frederick’s brother Edwin, a Carpenter, moved to Palace Road by 1881, until at least 1911.  He also liv …

    Galer – School House, Hadlow Place

    Elias Galer (aged 25) (Bn 29 April 1865 Girton, Cambridgeshire D1950 22 Hamlet Road, aged 84), the School Master at St Paul’s School in Hadlow Place, is listed at 9 Hadlow Place. As the School Master of St Paul’s , he was very highly thought of through …

    Hales – 3 and 6 Hadlow Place

    William J Hales (Bn 7 August 1873) married Florence Ellen Georgina Adams (Bn 1874 D1964) at Christ Church, Gipsy Hill in June 1892 when they were living at 15 Berridge Road (off Gipsy Hill) both aged 20.  On the 1891 and 1901 Census returns, they were …

    Holmes – 7 Hadlow Place

    In 1901, at 7 Hadlow Place, lived William Holmes (Bn 1849 Huntingdon), a Plumber, and his wife Sarah (Bn 1853 Wiltshire) with their three daughters, Kate (Bn 1877 Huntingdon) a Dressmaker, Nellie (Bn 1889 Penge).  By 1911 (aged 22), Nellie’s occupation …

    Johnson – 1 Hadlow Place

    In 1911, in two rooms at No 1 Hadlow Place, lived Edwin Johnson (Bn 1845 Honiton, Devon) and Martha (Bn 1843 Battersea).  His occupation was a Stationary Engineman at Crystal Palace. On 10 October 1895, their daughter, Harriet Annie (aged 28) married S …

    King – 3 and 8 Hadlow Place

    In 1871 in Hadlow Place (no number quoted, but most likely No 3), lived William Robert King (age 26) (Bn 1845 Harpenden, Herts D1914 aged 69 ) a Domestic Servant, his wife Eliza (29) (Bn 1842 D1902 aged 60) (married 1867) and daughters Eliza (3), Emily …

    Leaper – 5 Hadlow Place

    Ephraim Leaper (Bn 1826 Coggeshall, Essex D1912 46 Palace Road) married Henrietta (Bn 1833 Essex D1901 ) in 1851. Aged 13, on the 1841 Census, his occupation is Wheelwright, the same as his 40 year old father, also named Ephraim, in Great Coggeshall, E …

    Nash 1 Hadlow Place

    NASH Jonas Nash (Bn 1840 Hants D1892) a Carpenter and his wife Martha (Bn 1845 D1905 aged 60) lived at No 1 Hadlow Place in 1891.  They married in Notting Hill in 1870.  He had been an Agricultural Labourer as a young man. Martha was a Widow on the 190 …

    Payne – 1,2 and 4 Hadlow Place

    Jane Payne (Bn 1838 Chichester) lived with her step parents in Westow Hill (1861).  In 1871, they moved to Anerley Vale.  By 1881, she lived as a Lodger at No 2 Hadlow Place, No 1 Hadlow Place (1891 Census) and No 4 Hadlow Place (1901 Census).  Her occ …

    Pipe – 2 Hadlow Place

    Robert Pipe (39) (Bn 1842 Suffolk D1918), a Gardener, and his wife, Maria (Bn 1839 Lowestoft D1908), sons Robert (10), William (8) and daughter, Elizabeth (3).  His father, John (Bn 1818) was an Agricultural Labourer in Bungay, Norfolk. Robert and Mari …

    Roots and Hopkins – 7 Hadlow Place

    George Roots (aged 32) (Bn 1849 D1884) a Salesman at Crystal Palace.  His father was an Agricultural Labourer in Sanderstead.  He married Sarah Anne (Bn 1846 D1907) in 1870, when he was a Railway Porter.  In 1866, he was a Railway Lampman at Crystal Pa …

    Roper – 6 Hadlow Place

    Lewis/Louis Henry Roffey (Bn 1845 D December 1905 aged 59) wife Jane Scott (Bn 1841 D1915 aged 74) married in Croydon Parish Church, 24 February 1870 when he was 24 and Jane, 26.  His father Thomas (Bn 1809 D1848 aged 39, buried in All Saints, Upper No …

    Russell – 1 Hadlow Place

    From at least 1908 (and 1911 Census), George Andrew Russell (Bn 1856) (56) and wife Hannah Maria (52), lived in six rooms at 1 Hadlow Place.  George was a Gardener for a Gentleman.  They had ten children – Hannah Maria (32), George William (31), Joseph …

    Sabry – 5 Hadlow Place

    William Sebry (Bn 1809 D1892) a Model Maker, married Dinah in 1842 in Bristol (Born at Sea in 1802/3 D1891, aged 89).  He was a Widower and she a Widow.  His occupation was a Cordwainer (a shoe maker who makes shoes from new leather) as was his father. …

    Squires – 9 Hadlow Place

    In 1851, Alfred Squires (Bn 1850 Waltham Cross D1917) aged 1, lived with his family in Hertford and his father Joseph (Bn 1821 D1872) was a Rail Guard, which he remained.  His father, also Joseph, was an Agricultural Labourer.  By 1861, the family, inc …

    Stringer – 3 Hadlow Place

    William Stringer (a Boiler Maker/Gas Fitter by trade) (Bn 1857 Birmingham) and his wife Eliza (M1880 Croydon).  His father had been a Blacksmith, Eliza’s father, a Labourer.  In 1881, they had an 18month daughter, Alice. By 1911, they had moved to 4 Wo …

    Thompson – 1 Hadlow Place

    The occupants of No 1 Hadlow Place, in 1881, was Leonard Thompson (Widower) (B1821 Chelsea ) a House Decorator aged 60 and his sons, Leonard William (8) (Bn 21 July 1873 D1952 Bagshot), Henry (4) and daughter Rose (7).  They had a Servant, Sarah Beames …

    Towler – 9 Hadlow Place

    Jane Towler (Bn 1836) Widow.  She had married Charles Towler (Bn 1835) a Carman in 1855, Billericay, when he was a ‘Minor’.  In 1861 and 1871, they were living at 3 Plummer’s Cottages, Woodland Road, with their six children (1871).  In 1881, they were …

    Turner – 4 Hadlow Place

    Living at 4 Hadlow Place from at least 1871, was Charles Turner  (Bn 1835 Broxted Essex D1897) Wife (Elizabeth Bn 1843 Takeley, Essex D1923). In 1891, he was living with his wife, Elizabeth, their occupation with Laundry and daughters, Florence (Bn 187 …

    Welch – 3 Hadlow Place

    In 1861, David Welch (aged 29) (Bn 1833 Waterperry, Oxford D1884 aged 51) lived at Crown Lane with his wife. He married Emma in 1865, in the Parish of St Mary, Lambeth, when he was a Widower and they both lived in Lower Norwood. In 1871, they lived at …

    Wendling – 1 Hadlow Place

    WENDLING Valentin Wendling (Bn 1865 Germany D1913) a Waiter and a Freemason. He married Emily Kuhnlein in 1903.  By 1912, he was resident and Licensed Victualler at the Two Chairmen public house at 111 Wardour Street.

    Whittington – 4 Hadlow Place

    WHITTINGTON William Whittington (aged 38 Bn 1873 Walworth), occupation a Potman, lived with his wife, Lottie (aged 35)(Bn 1876 Brixton).

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PERCY ANDREW RUSSELL (Bn 26 January 1897),

In 1911, he had lived at 1 Hadlow Place with his family.  By 1914, they had moved to 4 Bourdon Road, Anerley.  Percy enlisted on 4 October 1914 aged 17, stating the age of 19.  Private 23699.  He was 5’4” and his Occupation was a Baker/Carman for Mrs Rowden’s Bakery at 40 Anerley Hill.  He was Wounded in Action 30 September 1917 and on 27 July 1918 while fighting in France with the Royal West Kent Infantry Regiment 10th Battalion.

He survived and married Iris in 1929 and moved to Battersea, when he was a Chemist Assistant.  In 1939, he was a Manager of a Dispensing Chemist.

Percy’s brother Rueben also enlisted during WW1.

RUEBEN RUSSELL (Bn 13 Jan 1899)

He became Battery Sergeant Major 30150 for the Royal Field Artillery.  He survived and married Doris on 4 October 1926, when he was 27.  By 1939 he also became a Pharmacist, living in Battersea.


Joseph Russell, brother of Percy and Rueben, lived at 6 Hadlow Place in 1904, before marrying Emma (Bn 1877 D1967) at Emmanuel Church, West Dulwich (1904), when he was aged 21.  They had two children, Edgar (1906) and George (1911) and lived at 14 Berridge Road (1911) (3 rooms).  Joseph and Emma later lived at 156 Gipsy Road, where Emma (Widow) was still living in 1939.  Joseph’s occupation was a Gardener.  He enlisted on 30 August 1916 stating the age of 34 years and 5months, and joined the Machine Gun Corps (Infantry), Private Joseph Russell 67750, 5ft 5”.

He was Killed in Action in France on 28 May 1917 and is remembered on the Arras Memorial, Pas de Calais, France.

3 HADLOW PLACE (and later Anerley Vale)

WILLIAM HALES (Bn 1895 Upper Norwood)

Full name William Richard Edwin Hales.  When he was 16 in 1911, he was a Barber’s Assistant.  During WW1, he joined the 32nd Btn, Royal Fusiliers.  Acting Lance Corporal 20905.

He was Killed in Action on 4 October 1916 aged 21 and is buried at Thiepval, Departement de la Somme, Picardie, France.

William Richard Edwin Hales is remembered on the local WW1 Memorial Board in St Paul’s Church




Vincent George Purbrick (Bn 8 April 1894 D1953) married Catherine (Bn 1894 D1981) on 30 August 1919 at All Saint’s Church.  He was a Motor Engineer, living at 4 Hadlow Place.  Catherine had been living at 39 Eagle Hill, Norwood New Town.  They were both aged 25.

He enlisted on 13 February 1915, when his occupation at that time was a Chauffeur, aged 20 and 5’ 6”.  Private 049369.  He later became a Corporal by 1919, aged 25.  Eligible for the 1914-15 Star medal.

He survived and is listed on the 1939 Register, living at 4 Hadlow Place.  Occupation a Motor Driver and Fitter.  Catherine is listed at 9 Hadlow Place in the 1964 and 1965 Street Directories.

7 HADLOW PLACE (1901) (and later 1 Laurel Grove)

HERBERT MIDDLETON HOLMES (Bn 1 October 1899 D1970)

He joined the 4/4th Battalion Queens RWS Regiment on 20 July 1915. Pte 4086.

On his enlistment form his declared age was 19 years old and 9 months and 5ft 1½”, dark brown hair, but in fact his age was aged just 15 years 9 months old.  His occupation was a Van Boy.

His father William wrote on 14 March 1916, to the Commanding Officer:

Sir, Would it be possible for my son, HM Holmes 4086, on account of his youth to come out of the army.  I myself have no objections to him being a soldier, but his mother is worrying and wishing him to be out until he is of military age, or old enough to know what he is doing.  He is not 16 ½ yet, he is the youngest of the family, his older and only brother having joined the service when the war started and is still in the service.

I remain yours,

William Holmes

He was discharged on 31 March 1916 after serving 256 days.  Form stated Discharged in Consequence of – Being under 17 years of age at time of application for discharge by parents.  Kings Regulations 392 VI (a).

Character: Sober, Clean, Intelligent, Honest and Fair.

His brother WILLIAM FREDERICK HOLMES (Bn 1895) served with the Royal Navy, Victory II – Service No SS115414.  Joined 12 February 1914 to 1921.  5ft 6” Dark hair.  Scar from appendicitis.  He had been a Clerk in Store.

HMS Victory II was the administrative and accommodation depot for Stokers and ERA’s, situated in HM Naval base Portsmouth before 1914 and after 1919 during the Great War situated at Crystal Palace London.




In 1911, William (Bn 1881 D1916 aged 35) a Milk Carrier and Louisa Ross (Bn 1881), lived at 4 Hadlow Place (5 rooms) (married 1901).  They had three sons and a daughter.  Their son, Charles Herbert became 625 Squadron, Bomber Command/Sergeant (Flight Engineer) 1877036.  Service Branch – Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.

He was Killed in Action when he collided with a Lancaster NF965 of 622 Squadron near Auenheim, 10 miles east of Hagenau (France), during a night raid (18% moon) on 12 September 1944.  His take-off station was Kelstern, for Operation Frankfurt [Germany].  He was hit by flak, and collided in the air with LM512 of Number 625 Squadron RAF, with both aircraft crashing near the village of Stattmatten in France.

He is buried in Sessenheim Communal Cemetery, France.  He was aged 37 and had been married to Winifred Lilian (1940).

Norwood News – Friday, 16 May 1941

Troops Still Write Home to Acknowledge Comfort Parcels

Still they come those letters of appreciation from local men who are serving with HM Forces, and who have received parcels from the Norwood Comforts Fund.  Included in the thanks this week:

MR V PURBRICK, Hadlow-place, SE19 (R.A.F.).

Norwood News – Friday, 15 October 1943


Although GNR. ROBERT EDWARD ROBERTS, whose home is at Thicket-grove, Anerley, has been officially reported as killed while serving with the Central Mediterranean Force, and his parents have had a word from his major stating that he is buried with a cross over the grave, his father, Mr P.C. Roberts, still thinks that his son may still be alive.

“He was shell-shocked during the Tunisian campaign,” Mr Roberts told a ‘News’ reporter, “but they told me that he had recovered and was in action again for the mopping-up operations.  I think it is possible that he has had another bout of shell-shock and may possibly still be alive somewhere.”

Gnr. Roberts was 31 years of age and had been in the Army for 18 months.  He had served abroad for a year.

He was well known in Anerley, where he had lived for 21 years.  Before joining up he worked with his father as a coalman at the Crystal Palace Low Level yard.

As a boy he attended schools at Hadlow-place and Oakfield-road.  He leaves a wife and one child.