Lancaster Road



Lancaster Road is another South Norwood road of two halves. A series of grand Victorian villas on the southern and eastern sides complimented by 1920's houses of the Norhyrst Estate along the western edge.

Maps and Land Ownership
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Timeline
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Building of the street
Only a very short section of Lancaster Road existed at the time of the survey of the 1863 OS map.  It extended from the Goat House Bridge to the boundary of the Norhyrst estate.  There were a few houses along its south western side; the large property at what is currently number 21 was already built.  By the time of the 1894 survey the road had been extended and crossed Woodvale Avenue to join up with Auckland Road.  Nineteen large properties had by then been built along the eastern side from its junction with Crescent Road.  The name Warminster Road was then only applied to the northern end and it was not until after WW2 that the name included the section previously called Crescent Road.

These large villas were built by the builder Abraham Steer who occupied the Estate Lodge, now number 11, with his wife, Susan, seven children and three servants.  By 1891 they were living at The Grange, 26 Crescent Road, South Norwood Park.

The Lodge to the South Norwood Park Estate, now number 11 Lancaster Road, home of Abrham Steer and family.

 

Architecture

Lancaster Road numbers 2 – 26.

Significant Street Buildings

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Social History
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Residents

    BESSEMER, ALFRED GEORGE (1813 -1898)

    Alfred George Bessemer was the grandson of Henry Bessemer engineer and inventor.   Alfred was born at Charlton House, 23 Church Road, Upper Norwood 13 July 1868 and christened at All Saints Church in August. The Bessemer’s name is chiefly known in conn …


    GURTHLER, HUGO (1847 – 1914?)

    Hugo Gurthler was born in Minden, Westphalia, Germany in 1847.  Like many Germans in the mid 1800s he moved to London where he began work as a stock broker’s clerk living in Paddington in 1881.  He was naturalised that same year and worked as a cashier …


    LEETE, JOSEPH (1831 – 1898)

    Joseph Leete was born 1831 at Royston, Hertfordshire, which had been the family home since 1768 when his great-grandfather, Robert of Eversden, settled there.  He married Harriet Whitaker in 1856.  They moved to London where Joseph took up work as a sh …


    MEADOWS, CHARLES JOHN WALFORD (1844 – 1899)

    Charles John Walford Meadows, who lived at 30 Lancaster Road, was born in 1844 in Witnesham, Suffolk. He trained at Guys and Westminster Hospital became a member of the Royal College of Surgeons in 1867.  In 1869 he was appointed as an assistant-surgeo …


    SPARENBORG, HANS ROBERT (1876 –

    Hans Robert Sparenborg lived at 37 Lancaster Road and was one of the first two officers to fall in the Great War. He was born 2 November 1876 in Calcutta, West Bengal, India and was baptised 18 July 1886.  He was the first child of Johann Lubbo Sparenb …


    STEER, ABRAHAM (1831 – 1894)

    Abraham Steer was born at Bourne St Mary, Devon in 1831.  In June 1841 he was living with his brother, an agricultural labourer, in Morchard Bishop, Devon.  By March 1851 he had become a farm hand to William Luxton a farmer of Brushford, Somerset.  Lat …


Memories
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War
In the summer of 1944 two V1 rockets fell in the vicinity of Lancaster Road.  The first fell at the junction of Warminster Road and Avenue Road, 15th June 1944.  It demolished five houses and severely damaged 30 more.

The second fell at the junction of Lancaster Road and Warminster Road, 2 July 1944.  That demolished six houses, including numbers 22, 24 and 26 Lancaster Road and severely damaged 30 more. (V1 & V2 Incident logs). http://flyingbombsandrockets.com/V1_summary.html

Census
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Street Directories
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