Palace Road

Palace Road is situated on Anerley Hill, opposite Crystal Palace Station Road, and sandwiched between Pleydell Avenue (to its right) and Anerley Vale (to its left) (when viewing from Anerley Hill). Originally, it led in a straight road from Anerley Hill to Belvedere Road at the opposite end, No 79 Palace Road being the last house on the South Side. It presumably got its name due to its close proximity to the Crystal Palace. Only the Paxton Arms Hotel Public House still stands on a corner with Anerley Hill. Initially, a few shops stood on the bottom left hand corner (South Side), before the residential houses. One shop keeper from at least 1871, was W Peskett, Family Grocer & Provisions Merchant, at No 1a Palace Road.

Maps and Land Ownership

1871 OS Map Showing Palace Road

1894 OS Map Showing Palace Road

1934 OS Map Showing Palace Road

Aerial photo c1930, showing the length of Palace Road, with Palace Square at one end and a short distance across Anerley Hill to Crystal Palace Station at the other (right) end. [source: Facebook]


Aerial view of Palace Road (facebook)


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Palace Road both sides. Not colourised 1910

Palace Road c1940s from Anerley Hill

Palace Road c1940s from Anerley Hill

Palace Road showing bomb site from the Second World War 1939 to 1945

Palace Road in 1977 colourised

Palace Road showing one side 1977 uncolourised shortly before demolition

Palace Road in 2021 (courtesy of J. Ray Heard)

Palace Road showing Paxton on corner

2021 view from Anerley Hill with Palace Road on the right of the photo [courtesy of J Ray-Heard]

Significant Street Buildings

    The Paxton Arms, Palace Road (1857 – )

    Paxton Arms Hotel pub As Palace Road has been completely rebuilt since the late 1970’s, the only original building part of the road is The Paxton Arms Hotel pub, and as evidenced in newspaper articles, was in existence by 1857 and stands on the corner …

Social History
1911 was the Festival of Empire, held at the Crystal Palace, to celebrate the coronation of King George V.  It opened on 12 May until 1 October.  Many residents in Palace Road were lodgers or borders, and out of 544 residents, 43 were Plasterers and some occupants have the occupation of ‘Working at the Crystal Palace’.

An advertising promotion for the Festival of Empire at the Crystal Palace, running from May to October 1911. The Festival features the Imperial exhibition, the Pageant of London, and many more spectacles, displays and entertainments. Date: 1911

Red postcard Festival of Empire 1911 CP

Of the residents on the 1911 Census (April), 22 were born in:

Argentina (2)

Belgium (22)

Canada (1)

Germany (3)

Ireland (6)

New Zealand (1)

Scotland (6)

South Africa (2)

Switzerland (1)

Wales (4)

The name William was also a very popular, as there was a total of 42 with that Christian name just in Palace Road.

Other occupations included one or more, Grocer, Retired Mission Worker, GPO Messenger, Shorthand Typist, Pianoforte Repairer, Carpenter, Solicitor, Retired Farmer, Wheelwright, Watchmaker, Teacher, Harness Maker/Saddle, Governess, Coachman/Groom, Ladies Maid, Servants, Army Officer, Butcher, Dressmaker, Baker, Professional Artist, Hat/Helmet Manufacturer, Glazier, Plumber, Clergyman, Railways, Upholsterer, Oyster Merchant, Fireman at Crystal Palace, Motor Bicycle Maker, Assistants to Crystal Palace Exhibitors, Cloakroom Attendant, Outfitter, Actor and Actress, Professional Athletic Trainer, Professional Cricketer, Professional Football Trainer and Professional Footballers.  Also, a skate repairer and attendants at the Crystal Palace.  Many residents were ‘Living on Own Means’.

On the 1911 Census, there were a few dentists:

No 26 – Frederick Gough Griffiths (aged 47) Dentist

No 40 – Otto Lawrence (aged 19) Dentist’s Apprentice

No 49 – Frank Clark (aged 23) Dentist, who later became an Artificial Teeth Manufacturer.  His brother Sydney, was a Boatman on Pleasure Lake.

No 57 – Edwin George Farnell (aged 52) Dentist and his son Ralph Frederick Farnell (aged 17) – Dentist’s Apprentice


Lucy Boswell  In 1871, one house (not numbered) in Palace Road, had a General Servant called Lucy Boswell (B1858 D1919), who was only aged 13.  In 1861, when she was 3, she was living with her mother Mary (aged 26) (Bn 1834 D1894 Cane Hill) who was a Dressmaker, at 1 Hamilton Terrace (off Gipsy Road) Norwood.

When she was 29, Lucy married Widower Henry Constable (Bn 1827 D1898 aged 71) a Corn Dealer, at All Saints, Upper Norwood on 20 February 1887.  His first wife was Louisa Gillingham (see No 29 Palace Road).


Lucy was widowed in 1898 and in 1901 she was living at 26 Whiteley Road, aged 43.  In 1911, she was a Housekeeper at 102 Sternhold Avenue, Streatham.  She died on 4 December 1919 at Balham Infirmary, aged 61.  She had been living at 160 Sternhold Avenue, Streatham.

Mr William Bolton (Bn 1821) Electrotyper & Glyfiliographer/ Photographer.  Since at least the age of 30, he was an Electrotyper.  He married Harriet (Bn 1821) in 1846.  His father had been a Merchant’s Clerk.

2 PALACE ROAD (1891 Census)

Margaret E Tupper, aged 50 (Bn 1841 D1894 aged 54) – daughter of Martin and Isabella Tupper (‘Trillorde’, Cintra Park).

She was a Professional Artist and Teacher of Painting.  Her father was Martin Farquhar Tupper , barrister, poet and author of ‘Proverbial Philosophy’, who lived at ‘Trillorde’, No 13 Cintra Park (1881 Census).  He also corresponded with Charles Dickens.

Various newspapers – 15 September 1894

The Press Association learns that Margaret Eleanor Tupper, the youngest surviving daughter of the late Martin Tupper, died suddenly at Upper Norwood on Thursday.  The deceased lady was possessed of considerable artistic and literary talent and published a number of compositions both in prose and verse.


Miss Margaret Tupper, daughter of the once famous Martin Tupper, has died suddenly of heart disease at her apartments in Crystal Palace Road, Anerley.  The deceased who was fifty-six years of age, followed the profession of an artist.

1 PALACE ROAD/Grocers (South Side)

Mr William Peskett (Bn 1848 Pyecombe, Sussex) 1871 & 1881, Grocer, and then Master Butcher (90 Anerley Hill) (1901-1911 Census)

John Allen (1891 Census) aged 36, Grocer.

In 1903, No 1 was ‘Palace Stores’.

Thomas Curwood (1911 Census), aged 56, Grocer (1 & 3 Palace Road)

2 PALACE ROAD (1901 Census)

Percy Muggridge (Bn 13 October 1878 D1964) lived at 2 Palace Road with his parents Richard, an Upholster and Verger (Bn 1854), mother Hannah (Bn 1851), brother George (Bn 1881 D1945) a Railway Clerk, and his sister Mabel (18) and Millicent (13).  In 1893, aged 15, Percy was recommended by his Headmaster to become a Signal Clerk at Anerley Train Station, being paid 7 shillings a week.

His brother George, was also a Railway Clerk.  He joined in 1897, based at London Bridge, earning £1 17 shillings 6d a week (1919).  His recommendation came from WH Smith & Son.

By 1911, Percy is a Railway Clerk, married to Kate (1902), living with their seven year old son Stanley, at 41 Tremaine Road, Anerley.  On the 1939 Census, he is Railway Clerk Retired.

BALLEINE, GEORGE (1901 Census)

A lodger at 2 Palace Road on the 1901 Census, was George Balleine (Bn 1 April 1873 Bletchingdon, Oxfordshire D1966), a Clergyman of the Church of England.  He was educated by his father at home until 1885, when he went to stay with his grandfather in Jersey.  He was also a prominent historian and writer on the Island of Jersey.

He went to Queen’s College Oxford, gaining a 2nd Class Degree in Modern History.

In 1886, he was ordained Deacon in the Church of England, becoming a Priest in 1897.  He later became Curate at St Mary’s Whitechapel and then St Paul’s Church (Hamlet Road).  In 1925, he was appointed Rural Dean of Bermondsey.  He retired in 1938, returning to Jersey.

His writings were extensive, relating to his interests in history and the evangelical party of the Church of England.  Having lived in Jersey, his book ‘History of Jersey’ was published in the 1950s.  This book is still available and been held in high regard especially for historians.  He died on 2 January 1966 aged 92, and his ashes were interred in St Brelade’s Churchyard, Jersey.

3 PALACE ROAD (1881 Census)

In 1881, at 3 Palace Road, lived Ada Harmer (Bn 24 February 1873).  She married John Wood in 1898.  In 1911, they were living at 19 Belvedere Road where Sidney’s occupation was a Bath Chair Proprietor.

4 PALACE ROAD (1891 Census).

Robert Pipe (Bn 1841 Suffolk), a Gardener, lived at 4 Palace Road.  He married Maria Dent (Bn 1841 D1908) in 1866 at St Lukes, Lower Norwood.  His father had been a Carpenter.  Maria’s father was a Miller.  In 1891, they had two sons, Robert (26) William (18) and three daughters, Elizabeth (13), Edith (10), Harriet (8), plus a Nephew, George (22), who was also a Gardener.

In 1901, Robert is aged 59, and labelled a Lunatic at the St Michaels and All Angels Asylum, Barming Heath, Maidstone.

His son Robert (Bn 1871) became a Police Constable.

5 PALACE ROAD (2 rooms) (1911 Census)

Elizabeth Golden, aged 68 (single) is listed at No 5.  Her occupation is a Retired Mission Worker.

6 & 8 PALACE ROAD (1881 & 1891 Census)

Lived Mr William Street (Bn 1839 Knoyle Wiltshire D1932 aged 95) with his wife Sophie and three sons, Percy, William and Ernest.  William (senior) worked as a Supervisor in the Refreshment Department at the Crystal Palace.  In 1911, they were living at 8 Palace Road.

His wife Sophie died at 8 Palace Road in 1924, aged 83

9 PALACE ROAD (10 rooms) (1911 Census) & 11 PALACE ROAD (1881 Census)

Charles (Bn 1840) & Joanna Forsyth Williams (Bn 1844) lived at No 9 Palace Road in 1881.  In 1901, they were at 11 Palace Road.  He was a Coachman/Carriage Proprietor.   He died in July 1911 at Crystal Palace Low Level Station.  Joanna died in 1920 (7 Palace Road).


On the 1891 and 1901 Census returns, lived George Foreman (Bn 1858) who was a Printer’s Compositor (Hand) with his wife Elizabeth (married at Christ Church Gipsy Hill on 15 December 1883).  She was from Kingsdown, Deal, Kent.

Their children (in 1901) were Dora (15), Sidney Victor (13), Alice (11), John (7) and Kathleen (4).  Also living with them was Elizabeth’s mother, aged 72 (stated as Deaf).

Alice became a Nurse in Training at the Cheyne Hospital, Chelsea and Sidney Victor went to WW1 in 1915, aged 27, and survived.  He was married when he joined up, to Grace and was a Motor Driver Mechanic by trade.  George and Elizabeth’s other son John, became an Apprentice at Sea (merchant service Aberdeen Line).  Kathleen attended Woodland Road School in 1901, aged 5.

In 1911, they were living at ‘Rock House’ 43 Cintra Park.

The Foreman Family 1897 [source: Ancestry]

ALSO AT 12 PALACE ROAD (1911 Census) lived Mrs Jessie Manville (widow) aged 71, who was a Cab Proprietor/Carman, with her two sons Herbert (aged 40) and John (aged 32) as Cab and Van Drivers.

Also resident (1911 Census), was John Reed (aged 55), who was a Musician.

14 PALACE ROAD (1881 Census)

Lived Mr Stratten Alldridge (Bn 1844 D1926 aged 81) with his wife Louisa (Bn 1849 D1907), daughter Florence (10) and three sons, George (9), Albert (7) and Frederick (4).

Mr Stratten Alldridge was a Schoolmaster (Elementary).  He had been the Headmaster of the Woodland Road School and had retired by 1907.  In 1891, they were living at 8 Woodland Road, 1902 at 42 Gipsy Hill and by 1911, at 18-20 Westow Street.

15 PALACE ROAD (1881 Census)

Thomas Henry Hickey (Bn 1865) married Emily Mann, on 12 June 1886.  They were both living in Streatham.  He was 20 years old and she was 19.  Unfortunately, Thomas did not know the name of his father.  Emily’s father, William, was a Farm Bailiff.

Thomas, by the age of 5 years old (1871), was adopted by Henry (a Gardener) and Sarah Sharp, both from Streatham.  In 1881, when he was 15, he was working as a Waiter.  He had become a Plasterer by 1891.  In 1890, they had a daughter, Mabel Emily, who in March 1916, married Henry James Church.  During WW1 Henry joined Army Service Corp, aged 29, as an Ambulance Driver.

By 1911, Thomas was living at 15 Palace Road, as a Boarder with other Plasterers, who are all listed as Plasterer/Exhibition Work/Festival of the Empire.

16 PALACE ROAD (1881 Census)

Living at No 16 Palace Road, was Builder, William Gillingham (Bn 1832) and his wife Georgiana (Bn 1832 D1912) (M1855).  Her father was a Coachman (1841 Census).

In 1841 (aged 9) & 1851 (aged 19), William was living with his parents Henry (D1873 aged 75/All Saints, Upper Norwood) and Rebecca (D1875), both aged 40 and siblings at the Holly Bush Bar Shop, Westow Street, where his father was a Beer Seller (in 1830 he had been a Gun Smith, previously a Farmer).

One of William’s  sisters, Louisa (Bn 1829) married Henry Constable (see Lucy Boswell above) in 1853.  Sadly Louisa died in 1876.

Visiting 16 PALACE ROAD (lodging house) at the time of the 1901 Census, were John Clayton (aged 35 Bn America) and E Tower (aged 31 Bn Sweden).  They were ‘eccentric and grotesque’ acrobats who performed at the Crystal Palace and other venues such as the Hippodrome (1900).

16 PALACE ROAD (5 rooms) (1911 Census)

In 1911, Sydney Herbert Gillett (Bn 1876 D1968 aged 93 Brighton), his wife Alice Julia (Bn 1876 Twickenham D1962 Brighton) and their three children Elecia Rosa (Bn 1901 D1989), Else Irene (Bn 1903 D1993) and Charles Herbert (Bn 1908 D1963).

Alice Julia, was born in Twickenham.  Her father had been a Carpenter and by 1881, the family had moved to 3 Alfred Terrace, Barnfield Road (now Bristow Road), Gipsy Hill.

Sydney and Alice were married at Christ Church, Gipsy Hill in April 1900, by the Rev Robert Charles Joynt {Bn 1856 D1938) and they first moved to 7 Sainsbury Road, Gipsy Hill.

In 1901 and 1903, they were living at 7 Sainsbury Road, off Gipsy Hill, and in 1909 and 1910 at 11 Sainsbury Road (road next to Gipsy Hill Station).

One of their daughters, Else, married William Money (Bn 1895 D1969) at Christ Church, Gipsy Hill in 1924.  He was a Piano Tuner and Repairer, living at 84 Gipsy Hill and his father was a Picture Frame Maker.

In 1915, they were living at 51 Palace Square.  From at least 1921 to 1939, Alice and Sidney lived at 90 Woodland Road.

Sydney & Alice Gillett 1911 16 Palace Road

18 PALACE ROAD (4 rooms) (1911)

Widow, Euphemia Hone (aged 52 from Scotland D1920), lived at 18 Palace Road with her two sons, Charles Henry Hone (aged 28) (a Jobbing Gardener) and Alexander McFarlane (aged 15) (a Bookstall Clerk).

During WW1, Charles joined the Royal Navy (No 18925).  His first ship was President II (1918) and the Royal Air Force (No 218925) (1916), aged 34.  Height 5’4”, brown hair and blue eyes.

Charles later moved to 44 Ridsdale Road, Anerley, but during an Air Raid, he was Killed at Anerley Road Shelter, on 9 October 1940 (aged 58).

Alexander (Bn 1895 D1960) (a Painter).  During WW1, he joined the Royal Navy.  His first ship was Pembroke (originally 1913).  His last ship was Royal Oak (until 1920).  Height 5’2”, fair hair and blue eyes.

He later moved to 69 Ridsdale Road, Anerley.

19 PALACE ROAD (10 rooms) (1911 Census) & 34 PALACE ROAD

Samuel Arthur James (Bn 1894 Bristol), lived at 19 Palace Road, with his mother Florence Elizabeth.  His father Thomas Arthur, had been a Horse Dealer.  When Samuel was 20 years old on 29 October 1914, he joined up (No 08471).  His occupation had been a Turner/Motor Fitter/Motor Driver.  His war records describe him as 5ft 8ins, dark brown hair, blue eyes, intelligent and very reliable.  By 1914, he and his mother were renting No 34 Palace Road.

27 PALACE ROAD (5 rooms) (1911 Census)

Alfred Rush (Bn 14 April 1896 Anerley) son of William (Bn1849 D1906) and Phoebe Rush (B1851 D1927).  His parents were married in All Saints Church in 1875.  William was a Railway Porter and his father, a Farmer.  Phoebe’s father was a Shoemaker.  At the age of 15 (1911), Alfred was a Shop Errand Boy.

When he was 17 years of age, he left home for Southampton as he had been employed as a Porter on RMS Titanic, where unfortunately he became one of the lost casualties.  In the early hours of 15 April 1912, the Titanic hit an iceberg and all but 705 of its 2,229 passengers and crew lost their lives in the icy Atlantic.

The Titanic was promoted as luxurious and unsinkable.

Titanic – Alfred Rush aged 17 cropped to name

Titanic – Alfred Rush aged 17 – Titanic


Alfred Rush (porter) of 27 Palace Road, Upper Norwood, is listed for ‘Deaths’. He would only have been 17 years of age


3 – 10 April 1912: The Titanic is loaded with supplies and her crew is hired.

10 April 1912: From 9:30am until 11:30am, passengers board the ship. Then at noon, the Titanic leaves the dock at Southampton for its maiden voyage.  First stop is in Cherbourg, France, where the Titanic arrives at 6:30pm and leaves at 8:10pm, heading to Queenstown, Ireland (now known as Cobh).  It is carrying 2,229 passengers and crew.

11 April 1912: At 1:30pm, the Titanic leaves Queenstown and begins its fated journey across the Atlantic for New York.

12 – 13 April 1912: The Titanic is at sea, continuing on her journey as passengers enjoy the pleasures of the luxurious ship.

14 April 1912 (9:20pm): The Titanic’s captain, Edward Smith, retires to his room.

14 April 1912 (9:40pm): The last of seven warnings about icebergs is received in the wireless room.  This warning never makes it to the bridge.


14 April 1912 (11:40pm): Two hours after the last warning, ship lookout Frederick Fleet spotted an iceberg directly in the path of the Titanic.  The first officer, Lt. William McMaster Murdoch, orders a hard starboard (left) turn, but the Titanic’s right side scrapes the iceberg.  Only 37 seconds passed between the sighting of the iceberg and hitting it.

14 April 1912 (11:50 pm): Water had entered the front part of the ship and risen to a level of 14 ft.

15 April 1912 (12am): Captain Smith learns the ship can stay afloat for only two hours and gives orders to make first radio calls for help.

15 April 1912 (12:05am): Captain Smith orders the crew to prepare the lifeboats and get the passengers and crew up on deck.  There is only room in the lifeboats for about half the passengers and crew on board.  Women and children were put into the lifeboats first.

15 April 1912 (12:45am): The first lifeboat is lowered into the freezing water.

15 April 1912 (2:05am) The last lifeboat is lowered into the Atlantic.  More than 1,500 people are still on the Titanic, now sitting at a steep tilt.

15 April 1912 (2:18am): The last radio message is sent and the Titanic snaps in half.

15 April 1912 (2:20am): The Titanic sinks.


15 April 1912 (4:10am): The RMS Carpathia, which was about 58 miles southeast of the Titanic at the time it heard the distress call, picks up the first of the survivors.

15 April 1912 (8:50 am): The RMS Carpathia picks up survivors from the last lifeboat and heads for New York.

17 April 1912: The Mackay-Bennett is the first of several ships to travel to the area where the Titanic sank to search for bodies.

18 April 1912: The RMS Carpathia arrives in New York with 705 survivors.


19 April to 25 May 1912: The United States Senate holds hearings about the disaster; the Senate findings include questions about why there were not more lifeboats on the Titanic.

2 May to 3 July 1912: The British Board of Trade holds an inquiry into the Titanic disaster. It was discovered that the last ice message was the only one that warned of an iceberg directly in the path of the Titanic, and it was believed that if the captain had received the warning that he would have changed course in time for the disaster to be avoided.

1 Sept 1985: Robert Ballard’s expedition team discovers the wreck of the Titanic

29 PALACE ROAD (1 room) (1911 Census)

Frank Smith is listed as a Professional Football Trainer (Bn 1863 Croydon D1922) aged 48, occupied 29 Palace Road (1 room), with his wife, Emily (aged 54).

31 PALACE ROAD (1 room) (1911 Census)

Lived Albert James Betts (Bn July 1854 Lambeth D1942) and his wife Nellie (Bn 1861).  He was a Coachman from at least the age of 25 (1881) and 1891

His father, George (Bn Suffolk 1823 D btwn 1881-1891) was a Labourer (1861) and a Carman (1881), and his mother Susan (Bn 1833 Thelnetham, Suffolk) lived in Coombe Road, Lewisham 1871 until at least 1901 – widow).

In 1871, aged 15, he was a Servant, living with his parents at 6 Coombe Road, Lewisham (later No 24 Coombe Road), with brothers, Henry (12), Arthur (10), Walter (8) and sisters Laura (6), Jesse (3) and Annie (8 mths).  In 1901 (aged 46), he is living with his mother Susan, brother Walter (aged 38) (a Builder, ‘Jones & Betts’) and a 62 year old Boarder, Emma Day (Charwoman), in Lewisham.  They were also living with their mother Susan in 1891 (Lewisham).  Albert is employed as a Coachman.

He was Admitted (Own Request) and Dismissed (Own Request) on several occasions, to Lewisham High Street Workhouse, reason either Illness or Destitute.

Lewisham High Street Workhouse records show:-

Discharged 2 April 1888

Discharged 16 May 1888 / Illness

Admission 3 June 1889/Own Request/Coachman/C of E / Aged 35  Discharged 29 June 1889.  Own request.

Admission 9 August 1889/Destitute

Admission 8 July 1890/Labourer  Discharged 12 August 1890/Own Request/ Destitute

Discharged 26 November 1892

Admitted Wednesday, 10 May 1893 (Coachman)  Discharged By Request on Monday, 22 May 1893.

Discharged By Request on Saturday, 7 April 1894.  He was readmitted on 25 April 1894.

The 1911 Census states he had been married to Nellie, for 8 years, living at 31 Palace Road. (No further information).

In 1938, he is an Old Age Pensioner/Coachman (Widower) sharing accommodation at 28 Camden Hill Road.

He died in April 1942 aged 87 years old.

33 PALACE ROAD (3 rooms) (1911 Census)

Mrs Emma Willcocks (widow) aged 52 lived at 33 Palace Road with her two daughters and three sons.  One daughter, Florence (aged 19) was a Waitress in a Lyons Restaurant.  When she married William Ashbolt, they lived at 11 Pleydell Avenue (1939 Census).

Her sister Alice, aged 18, worked in a Banana Factory.

37 PALACE ROAD (4 rooms) (1911 Census)

John Edward Horton (Bn 1862 D1925) was a Gardener at the Crystal Palace.  He lived in Palace Road for many years.  When he married (aged 27) Eliza (a Widow aged 35) on 19 January 1890, he was living at No 5.  In 1901, at 48 and by the 1911 Census, at No 37, where he lived until he died in 1925.

38 PALACE ROAD (1901 Census)

Ernest Witherick, aged 2 (Bn 11 April 1899) lived with his parents Francis (aged 30), a Chef and Nellie (aged 32) and 5 year old brother, Francis at 38 Palace Road.

He was enrolled at Woodland Road School in 1905.  By 1911, they had moved to Whiteley Road.  He joined the Training Reserve Battalion during WW1 in 1917, aged just 17 and a Sign Writer by trade.  He survived the War and on the 1939 Census, he is a Show Card Writer and Designer (living at 39 Whiteley Road).

His brother, Francis (Bn 10 March 1896) also enlisted aged 18 and survived and in 1939, his occupation was a Cinema Machine Repairer.  He married Lillian at Christ Church Gipsy Hill in 1930.

Both Ernest and his brother Francis, were baptised at Christ Church Gipsy Hill.

38 PALACE ROAD (7 rooms) (1901 & 1911 Census’s)

In 1901, Paul Roux Schrὂder (Bn c1854-1858 Stellenbosch, Cape Colony/Cape of Good Hope D?), lived with his wife, Alice Elizabeth (Bn 1868), at 38 Palace Road.  His occupation was An Oyster Merchant Fisherman.  There were also 7 lodgers sharing No 38, including Laura Brown, aged 60, Living on Own Means.

On the 1911 Census, they are still living at 38 Palace Road.  He is now a Retired Merchant Seaman (aged 57).  They share the house with Paul Retson Parnwell (aged 44) a Chemical Buyer, son Paul Schrὂder (Bn 26 August 1890 D1969) and his wife Florence Charlotte (Bn 1890), Wilheim Wagner (aged 29) and his wife Minna (aged 22).

Paul Roux Schrὂder joined Merchant Navy stating the age of 19 in 1874 for 4 years and qualified as a Second Mate on 13 August 1879.

Masters & Mates Certificate of Competency as Second Mate for Paul Roux Schrὂder, aged 22, dated 13 August 1879.

In 1891, Paul and Alice had been living at 25 Anerley Road and he is an Oyster Merchant and he is also in the directory at the Oyster Rooms, 18 Crystal Palace Station Road.

Son Paul, is 2 months old who was enrolled at Woodland Road School on 23 March 1896, aged 5.  He married Florence in October 1910.  The Marriage Certificate states he was 20 and she, 21.  His father, Paul Roux Schrὂder (Senior) was ‘an Oyster Merchant (Retired)’.

Florence had been living at The Cottage, Plough Lane, Beddington.  He was living at 38 Palace Road, occupation a Warehouseman.  In 1935, they lived at 339 Brixton Road (now a Grade II Listed building).  In 1939, he was a Textile Merchant, still at 339 Brixton Road, with their son Paul Robert (Bn 1915).

Paul Roux Schrὂder (Junior) joined the Royal Defence Corp (Reg No 76063) in 1916, when he was 25 years old and 5’ 4” in height, serving in France 1916-1917.  His occupation was a Silk Warehouseman.  He was wounded in his right ankle by shrapnel and was also buried in a trench.   He survived the war.

41 PALACE ROAD (4 rooms) (1911 Census)

Lived Percy Bryant (Bn 1870 Norwood New Town) (Electrical Engineer) with his wife Martha (Bn 1871).  In 1881, aged 11, he lived with his parents Geoffrey (Bn 1846) and Harriett (Bn 1840) at 4 Truscott Terrace, Norwood New Town.  When Percy married Martha at All Saints Church on 10 August 1889, aged 20, he was a Ticket Collector.

In 1890, he and Martha were living at 9 Woodland Hill and had a son, George William Percy, who was Baptised at Christ Church Gipsy Hill.  Percy was an Attendant at the Crystal Palace.

In 1901 they were renting 29 Woodland Road.  He was a Gas Fitter, aged 30.  They have two sons, George (10), Henry (9) and two daughters, Rosie (5) and Elsie (1).

His daughter, Elsie, married Clifford Septimus De Kusel (Bn 1896) at St Paul’s Church, Hamlet Road ‘Penge’ in 1918.  Clifford was a Poultry Farmer/Apprentice Motor Engineer, who joined up as a Lorry Driver in France, aged 19 (DM2/230446).  He survived and on the 1939 Census, he is a Company Director & Secretary Animal & Poultry Nutrition Technical Expert.

Percy Bryant’s son George, married Lena and lived next door at No 43.

42 PALACE ROAD, had the name ‘Stanmore House’ (1910)

In 1881, at 42 Palace Road, lived Edmund Richer (Bn 1845 Colchester D1931), an Ironmonger’s Assistant and his wife Matilda (Bn 1844 D1924).  They married at St Peter’s Church, Croydon in 1867.  His occupation was a Brass Finisher.  Edmund’s father was a Wheelwright.  Matilda’s father was a Sea Captain.  By 1891 and onwards they were living at 14 Waldegrave Road.  In 1911, he was a Ironmonger, Gas & Hot Water Fitter (70 Westow Street).  They had a Servant Emily Potter

43 PALACE ROAD (3 rooms) 

William James Smith (Bn 1888 Brighton, Sussex) and wife, Gertrude Maude (Bn 1890 Upper Norwood D1982 aged 91).  His father, James (Bn 1849) had been a Labourer on Brighton Railway/Machinist in Railway Works.  In 1891, aged 20, he was a Coach Painter.  William and Gertrude were married in 1910.  In 1911, he was a Club Steward, aged 23, living at 23 Palace Road.  His son Ernest, was born in May 1911, who later joined the RAF.

William Smith – 43 Palace Road 1911

William served in Flanders, France during WW1 as Private 31042.  He joined 1st Battalion East Surrey Regiment on 10 November 1916 and was Killed In Action on 8 May 1917.

He is remembered on the Arras Memorial, Pas de Calais.

44 PALACE ROAD (4 rooms) (1911 Census)

In 1911, at No 44 Palace Road, lived GEORGE CLARK PAYNE (Bn 17 February 1887, Hitchin, Herts) (aged 24) (D21 August 1932, aged 45), a Professional Footballer.  He lived with his wife, Miriam Beatrice (Bn 1890 Barnet), their 8 month old daughter Laura and a Domestic Servant, Adelaide Florence Wing, aged 14 (born in Barnet).

He married Miriam in 1909, who was the sister of football brothers, George, Harry, Willie and Victor Furr.

George Payne .

CPFC team 1909-10 George Payne

George Clark Payne, played as an Inside Left and is mostly noted for his two years in the Southern League with Crystal Palace.  He also played in the Football League for clubs Sunderland and Woolwich Arsenal, and in the Southern League for Tottenham Hotspur and Leyton .

The tragedy was reported in the newspapers, August 1932:


Hitchin Man Drowned in Trying to Save Children

How a former professional football player gave his life for children in danger of drowning was revealed at the inquest at Clacton-on-Sea, Essex on Tuesday, on the body of George Clark Payne, 44, turf accountant, of Walworth Road, Hitchin.  Payne who had formerly played for Tottenham Hotspur, Crystal Palace, Arsenal and Sunderland, was drowned on Sunday off Jaywick, near Clacton, when an outboard motor-boat overturned.

After medical evidence of death from heart failure, the Coroner (Mr Stanley Nicholson) said that Payne, in helping to save the children, undoubtedly hastened his own death.

George Henry Peters, a master butcher, of Walworth Road, Hitchin, and joint owner with Payne of the motor-boat, said that a party of three men and three children had been to Clacton Pier.  On the return journey when turning in short at Jaywick, the wind and a wave caused the passengers to shift and the boat overturned.  The boat continued to turn over and over.  Harold Green, of Verulam Road, Hitchin, brother-in-law of Payne, said that Payne helped the children to hold on to the upturned boat.

A verdict in accordance with the medical evidence was returned.




A motor-boat containing three men and three children capsized at Jaywick Sands, about three miles from Clacton on Sunday evening.  The occupants were rescued, but one of the men was found to be dead when they reached the beach.  He was Mr George Clark Payne (44) of Walworth Road, Hitchin, a turf accountant.

The other members of the party were Kenneth Payne (7), son of the dead man; Mr GJ Peters (owner of the boat), of Hitchin; Mr Green, who is in the employ of Mr Peters; and Mr Green’s children, Phyllis Nancy (15), and Harold George (13).

Mr Payne who was staying at Jaywick for the week-end, went out with the others in the motor-boat, a small outboard vessel, and it was turning near the mouth of the Colne when it capsized.  All the members of the party managed to cling to the overturned boat.  Mr D Cooper, of Woodford, Mr R Mitchell, of Woodford Green and Mr H Williams, of Whipps Cross, went to the rescue in a small motor-boat, and were followed by another party in a rowing boat.  The six people in the water were pulled into the motor-boat, and later transferred to the rowing boat, which took them ashore.  Mr Payne was exhausted and died shortly after reaching the beach, artificial respiration being applied without avail.  Meanwhile, the launching of the Clacton lifeboat was witnessed by thousands of holiday-makers from the pier, but when it reached Jaywick Sands, the party had been rescued.

Mrs Payne wife of the deceased, was in a hut on Jaywick Beach when the sad news had to be broken to her.

At the inquest on Mr Payne at Clacton on Tuesday, Harold Green, who was in the boat when it capsized, said six people were in the motor-boat proceeding from Clacton to Jaywick.  On the journey the boat began to ship water, the sea being rough.  The boat was caught broadside on, and they were thrown into the water about 60 yards from the shore.  The boat kept turning over and over.  Witness and Payne helped the children, as all were out of their depth. Payne held on to the boat.  Rescue parties arrived in a motor-boat and a rowing-boat, just as they were becoming exhausted, and they were taken ashore.  Payne had been a professional footballer, and had played for Tottenham, Crystal Palace, the Arsenal and Sunderland.

George H Peters, butcher, Walworth Road, Hitchin, joint owner of the motor-boat with Payne, said the deceased must have gone under the boat.  He was all right within a minute or two of the arrival of the rescue party.  Everything was done to revive him.

Dr Fox said the death was due to heart failure, as a result of the exertions and shock.

The Deputy-Coroner (Mr S Nicholson) in giving a verdict in accordance with the medical evidence, said the adult members of the party did what they could in the circumstances, and Payne seemed to have helped the children, thereby probably hastening his own death.  Expressions of sympathy were tendered.

47 PALACE ROAD (5 rooms) (1911 Census)

John William Holliday (Bn 1875) lived with his wife Blanche Frederica (Bn 1881), nephew George (aged 4), brother-in-law Joseph Shreeve (aged 23), mother-in-law Emily Shreeve (aged 60 B1851 D1914) and four borders.  John and Blanche married in 1897, when he was a Soldier at South Camp, Aldershot, when he was 22 and she was 16 years old.  Aldershot was established in 1854 and has long been seen as the home of the British Army.  (The garrison was established when the War Department bought a large area of land near to the village of Aldershot, with the objective of establishing a permanent training camp for the British Army.  Over time, this camp grew into a military town and continues to be used by the Army to the present day).  John’s father was a Cabdriver.  Her father was a Commercial Traveller.

When Blanche was 13 years old (1894), she was in City of London Workhouse for Paupers, her occupation as an Ostrich Feather Worker.  Blanche was Discharged on 28 September 1893, when she was Removed by her father (Noah Bn 1851).  She had a brother Solomon (Bn 1876 D1910), who also attended the Workhouse (Discharged by his mother, Emily).

On 10 March 1888 to 16 April 1888, when Blanche’s mother-in-law Emily was 36 (married), she was Admitted to the City of London Workhouse for Paupers, with her new born son, Joseph (aged 2 mths D1960).  Her occupation was a Map Colourer.  Aged 3 in 1891, Joseph was an Inmate of the City of London Union Workhouse (Removed by his father in August 1892).  Joseph married Maud in 1914 in Croydon, whose father was a Boot and Shoe Maker.

In 1891, Blanche’s brother Solomon was a Pauper Patient, in Margate Metropolitan Infirmary.  In 1901, aged 24, he was an ‘Inmate’ of Dr Barnado’s in Limehouse, Stepney, stating he was blind in his right eye.

52 PALACE ROAD (9 rooms)

Was the last house on the North Side, by the Pillar Letter Box near the junction with Palace Square, where in 1911, resided Henry Faulkner (aged 40) and his wife, Rosie (aged 33).  There were 12 Boarders, with the exception of one Painter, were all Plasterers

53 PALACE ROAD (3 rooms) (1911 Census)

In 1911, also at No 53, lived Arthur Edward Pritchard (aged 47) (Bn 1864 D1952) and his son Arthur Lawrence (aged 6) (Bn 1904).  Arthur Snr, was a Cycle Agent.  He was a Widower and remarried in 1927 (aged 63) to Jessie, at St Stephen’s Church, Dulwich.  In 1927, he was living at 18 Anerley Hill.  His father had been a Farmer.  Jessie (aged 55) was living at 7 Jasper Road, and her father had been a Postman for the GPO.

In 1939, Arthur was a ‘Timekeeper at the Crystal Palace School of Practical Engineering (Retired)’.

Arthur and Jessie, both died in October 1952.

55 PALACE ROAD (3 rooms) (1911 Census)

Lived Warwick Woods (Aged 25 Bn 1886 Walworth D1967) a Watch Jobber at a Jewellers, with his wife Elizabeth (née Nelson) (aged 29) (M1909).  She was Swedish and so was their lodger, Otto Nelson Larson (aged 21).  In 1901 she was a General Servant Domestic, at a house in Beckenham.  In 1901, Warwick was a 15 year old Errand Boy at a Jewellers, living with his parents Thomas and Amelia, and four brothers at 50 Camden Hill Road.

In 1914 (Discharged on 2 October 1914) aged 28, religion Wesleyan, occupation Watchmaker, he is an Inmate of City of Westminster Union Workhouse.

In 1915 and also on the 1939 Census, Warwick is living at 136 Anerley Road.  In 1939, his occupation is an Explosive Worker Woolwich Arsenal.

One of his brothers, Henry Francis, married Alice and moved to 8 Rockmount Road (D1951).

57 PALACE ROAD (3 rooms) (1911 Census) – ALSO SEE WAR HEROES

In 1911, Robert Eastall (Bn 1863 D1953 Croydon, aged 90), his wife Eleanor (Bn 1864 D1916) (M1890) lived at 57 Palace Road with their three daughters, Eleanor, Constance and Alice and two sons, Robert and Reginald.

In 1891, they were living at 54 Nutbrook Street, Peckham.  Robert was a Printer/Compositor (aged 26).

On the 1901 Census (April), they are living at 1a Banstead Street, Camberwell.

In 1901, father Robert Eastall is Admitted to the Greenwich Union Workhouse (Sutton), as Destitute.

In September 1901, three of her children, Eleanor (Bn 1891) (10), Robert (Bn 1893) and Reginald ‘Harry’ (Bn1895) (6) were Admitted to the Greenwich Union Workhouse (Sutton), as Destitute.  Also in the South Metropolitan District Poor School (Sutton).  On one occasion in November 1901, Eleanor (aged 38) is in the Workhouse just with her daughter, Eleanor (aged 10) (Destitute).

The children were Admitted a few times during 1901 and 1902 (Destitute).

In 1907, the mother, Eleanor and her daughter Eleanor, were admitted to the Greenwich Union Workhouse, as Destitute.

Reginald (Reggie) Harry (Private 10777), joined the 1st Btn East Surrey Regiment and was Killed at Ypres, aged just 19 years old, on 20 April 1915.  He is remembered on the Menin Gate.  His sister Constance, later named her son after him when she married.

61 PALACE ROAD-(3 rooms) (1911 Census)

In 1911, Professional Cricketer Richard Carter (Bn 1880 Reigate D1916 aged 36), his wife Alice (Bn 1881 D1976), (M1903) and three sons Leslie (Bn 1904), Roy (Bn1906 4 Alexandra Cottages, Beardell Street D1991) and Gresham (Bn 1909 D1996), lived at 61 Palace Road.  Son, Roy, was granted Freedom of the City in 1928.  Son Leslie became a Carpenter and Joiner (1939 Census).

Document showing that Richard Carter was a Professional Cricketer

65 Palace Road

In April 1871, one resident, the Danish-French Impressionist painter, CAMILLE PISSARRO (Bn 10 July 1830 Danish West Indies (now the US Virgin Islands) D November 1903 Paris aged 73), lived at 2 Chatham Terrace, which was renumbered as 65 Palace Road, some time later in the 1870s.  He must have lived there before or after the 7 April 1871, as he does not appear on the Census for that year.

In September 1870, Pissarro fled Louveciennes, a suburb to the west of Paris to escape the Franco-Prussian War and lived in Norwood from the end of 1870 until he returned to France in June 1871.  He returned to France in June 1871 and returned in 1892.  He had recently married Julie Vellay (Bn 1838 D1926 France) a Vineyard Grower’s daughter, in 1871 at the Croydon Register Office. They had eight children.  She was considered by others of lower social standing, being his mother’s maid.

Pissarro was an Impressionist painter, painting twelve watercolours and sketches of known local scenes in Norwood, including Fox Hill, St Stephen’s Church All Saints Church in the Snow, and The Avenue, Sydenham (which has been displayed in the National Gallery).  Fox Hill was only a short walk from his residence in Chatham Terrace, Palace Road.  A list of his Norwood paintings include:

All Saints’ Church in the Snow

All Saints’ Church, Beulah Hill

Crystal Palace

Crystal Palace Parade

Dulwich College

Fox Hill

Lordship Lane, East Dulwich

Lower Norwood Under Snow

Snowy Landscape at South Norwood

St Stephen’s Church (by the Dulwich Toll Gate)

The Avenue, Sydenham

View of Alleyn Park, West Dulwich

He also lived at 2 Westow Hill (now commercial premises), where a Blue Plaque is displayed on the wall.

Blue plaque showing where Camille Pissarro also lived on Westow Hill

His mother, Rachel (Bn 1795 D1889), a Widow, lived in Rosendale Road and his brother Alfred (Bn 1829 D1890) lived in Knights Hill (1871 Census) within a Jewish community with his wife Marie and son Frederic.

Camille Pissarro recounts his time in Norwood in a letter in 1902 a few months before he died, writing “I found myself in London with Monet and we met with Daubigny and Bonvin.  Monet and I were very enthusiastic over the London landscapes.  Monet worked in the parks, whilst I, living in Lower Norwood [it was actually Upper Norwood], at that time a charming suburb, studied the effects of mist, snow and springtime.  We worked from nature.



69 PALACE ROAD (11 rooms) (1911 Census) 

Also known as ‘The Poplars’ – Next to Anerley Grove

In 1911 lived James Towler, a Carpenter, (Bn 1868 D1915 aged 47), his mother Anne (Bn 1838 ), his wife Jane (Bn 1866 D1961) and their children Mary (Bn 1892), William (Bn 1894 D1943), Doris (Bn 1900), Annie (Bn 1902) plus two Boarders, George Smith (aged 63) and Howard Marshall (aged 54).

James and Jane were married at All Saints in 1895.

In 1901, they were living at No 73 Palace Square and had a Servant, Elizabeth (aged 14).

73 PALACE ROAD (9 rooms) (1911 Census) 

Lived Thomas Alcock (Coachman) (Bn c1852 D 1920), with his wife Elizabeth (Bn 1851), with their two daughters, Frances (aged 27), Florence (aged 20), niece Lilian (aged 30) (all Dressmakers), plus three Boarders, Lewis West (aged 36), William Steele (aged 31) and John Leslie (aged 34).

Daughter Frances, married Edward Ireland (Lance Corporal 88892), who served in WW1 in Mesopotamia/Bombay/India, joining in 1915 when he was 22 years old.  He was a Compositor by trade, 5’ 8”, brown eyes and dark brown hair. He was living at 73 Palace Road, but not yet married to Frances.  In 1939, they are married and still living at 73 Palace Road.

79 PALACE ROAD (10 rooms) (1911 Census) 

Margaret Whelpdale (Bn 1828 Leverington Cambridge/Norfolk D1924) Widow, lived at 79 Palace Road.  She had a Companion, Ellen (aged 30) and a Domestic Servant, Hannah (aged 24).  Margaret was Blind.

In 1891, Margaret was living at 7 Palace Road, with Companion Frances (aged 26 from Exeter, Devon) and a Servant, Annie (aged 19).  Margaret (aged 63), had been a Teacher/Elementary Science/Botany.

In 1881, she is 53 (Widow).  She has a Servant/Housemaid, named Emily (aged 15).  The Census does not say her address, other than the Census (from next page) “Part of the Hamlet of Penge, comprising from Anerley Road from Railway Bridge by Thicket Hotel to Anerley Bridge, Thicket Grove, Lullington Road, Thicket Road, Versailles Road, Madeline Road, Anerley Park, Castledine Road, Ridsdale Road, St Hughs Road and Railway Approach”.

She was married to Andrew (Bn 1813 D1863 aged 49) an Artist, in 1853, and they lived in Greenwich.  His father, Andrew, had been at The Tax Office/Inspector of Taxes, Somerset House/Gentleman.

But she was Widowed in 1863.  On the 1871 Census (aged 43), she has moved in with her father (James Hill, aged 73, a Retired Merchant).  She is a Professor of Botany.

Margaret died in 1924, aged 97.







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Norwood News July 16, 1892

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Norwood News May 27, 1893

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    Cloete, Broderick (1851 to 1921)

    Lived in Palace Road WILLIAM BRODRICK CLOETE (Bn 1851 Stellenbosh, South Africa D1915 aboard the RMS Lusitania, aged 63) is listed on the 1871 Census as an Undergraduate at Oxford University (Queens’s College) aged 19, with his father, Peter Lawrence G …

Palace Road Children’s Party for the VE Day Celebrations, May 1945

With kind permission of Mary Rosier

With kind permission of Mary Rosier



The First World War 1914 to 1918

7 PALACE ROAD (3 rooms) (1911 Census)

At No 7 Palace Road, lived Edward John Collins (Bn 1882 Manchester) with his wife, whom he married in 1904, and five children.

His occupation is a Professional Footballer.

Collins Edward

His father Michael was a Musician in an Orchestra (Bn 1855 Dublin, Ireland D1905 Liverpool)

In 1901, when he was 19 and living in Manchester, Edward was a Warehouseman at a Cold Storage Company.  By 1911, he had become a Professional Footballer, married and had a family, resident in Palace Road.

He joined 43rd Chinese LC Labour Corps, Regimental Number: 363656, Formerly 2146, R.A.S.C, during WW1 and became a Sergeant, but he died at the Somme on 7 November 1918, aged 35, leaving behind his wife Mary Edith and five children.  He is buried at Abbeville Communal Cemetery, Somme.

10 PALACE ROAD (4 rooms) (1911 Census)

Edward Erasmus Vaughan Hughes (Bn 1881) married to Edith (Bn 1877) in 1906.  They had two children, Louisa May (Bn 1909) and Ernest (Bn 1910).  His father had been a Dairyman.

Edward Joined Queen’s Own (Royal West Kent Regiment). 24th Battalion.  Service No:  202093, Private.

He was Killed in Action on 8 May 1917, age 36 and is buried in the Gaza War Cemetery.

20 PALACE ROAD (8 rooms) (1911 Census)

John Tucker (Bn 1846), a Gas Fitter and wife Emily.  They had two children, Alice, who in 1911, aged 37, was a Parlour Maid, and Lionel Edward (Bn 1892).

In 1897, Lionel aged 5, went to Woodland Road School and became a Butcher’s Assistant (1911 Census).  In 1913, Lionel married Florence and lived at 5 Eagle Hill, Norwood New Town, later moving to Phoenix Road, Penge.  Lionel joined the Royal Engineers (Sapper 454755).  He was Killed in Action on 9 April 1918, aged 27.  Florence never remarried and died in 1968, aged 81.

24 PALACE ROAD (8 rooms) (1901 & 1911 Census)

Edward Henley (Bn 1855) a Carpenter, lived at 24 Palace Road with his wife, Emma (Bn 1864) and their two sons, Alfred (Bn 1887) a Baker, and Herman (Bn 1894).

They had previously been living at 22 Castledine Road, Anerley.  By 1901 they had moved to 24 Palace Road.

Son, Herman joined the Royal Engineers (Sapper 96628) 6th Div Signal Coy RE.  He was Killed in Flanders on 8 September 1916, aged 22.  He had been an Electrician’s Mate for the GPO.

He is buried at Etaples Military Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France.

He is Mentioned in Despatches.

William Smith her 43 palace road 1911 sig – Copy (2)

William served in Flanders, France during WW1 as Private 31042.  He joined 1st Battalion East Surrey Regiment on 10 November 1916 and was Killed In Action on 8 May 1917.

William James Smith b 1888 d Flanders 8 May 1917 a 43 Palace Rd

43 PALACE ROAD (3 rooms) (1911 Census)

William James Smith (Bn 1888 Brighton, Sussex) and wife, Gertrude Maude (Bn 1890 Upper Norwood D1982 aged 91).

His father, James (Bn 1849) had been a Labourer on Brighton Railway/Machinist in Railway Works.  In 1891, aged 20, he was a Coach Painter.

William and Gertrude were married in 1910.  In 1911, he was a Club Steward, aged 23, living at 23 Palace Road.

He is remembered on the Arras Memorial, Pas de Calais.


Thomas Edmund Stephen Curtis (Bn 16 November 1888 D1965), lived at 45 Palace Road, and No 20 Palace Road (1917).  He was a Member of the Bakers & Confectioners Approved Society.  He married Isabel on 31 December 1909.  They later lived at 43 Waldegrave Road.

During WW1, he joined up on 9 April 1917 (Reg No 153949).  He had been a Baker.  His records show him as a 1st Class Signaller and a Gunner with the Royal Garrison Artillery (Gallipoli).  He served in Belgium (2 months) and Italy (16 months).

Whilst on duty, he was inflicted with a “Bastard abscess.  Started on (or about) October 8 1919, with large amount of pus discharge from right ear.  Developed on November 7 1919 necessitating operation [Alexandra Military Hospital, Cosham], performed November 8 1919 which has left me totally deaf in right ear.  I am ignorant of the cause or origin of the disease.

He was Discharged from Duty on 20 April 1920, as being ’No longer physically fit for war service’.

His brother Arthur Curtis (Bn 1891) also served during WW1 in 7th Battalion Queen’s Royal West Surrey, Service No G/1427

He was Killed in Action at Flanders on the first day of the Somme, 1 July 1916, aged 26.  He had been a Porter in a Restaurant before leaving for the Front.

He is buried at Dantzig Alley British Cemetery, Mametz, Somme, France.

His sister Annie, married Charles Stokes (a Leather Machinist, aged 21) who also served (Private 58894), but luckily he survived.

Their father Thomas Edmund (Bn 1865 D1927), also served in WW1 (Private), Reg 267540 Royal Army Service Corp.

45 PALACE ROAD (4 rooms) (1911 Census)

Also at 45 Palace Road, lived Francis Henry Riddles (Bn 1895). 

Francis joined the Queen’s Own (Royal West Kent Regiment) G8415.

He was Killed in Action on 15 September 1916, aged 22.  He is buried at Thiepval Memorial, Somme.

53 PALACE ROAD (2 rooms) (1911 Census)

Lived George Dunn (Bn 1878 D1947), his wife Susan Rankin Neil (Bn 1884) (M 1910) and their daughter Jessie Susan (Bn 1910 14 Whiteley Road).  In 1911, he was a Railway Porter/Signalman, but also trained as a State Registered Male Nurse (1939 Census).

During WW1 he joined the RAMC (Royal Army Medical Crop).  The RAMC was formed in 1898 and is the largest corps in the Army Medical Services (AMS). The Corps provided immediate First Aid emergency care on the Front Line.  He joined for 6 years and 316 days, until 31 March 1920.

He was 5ft 6”, blue eyes and dark hair.  Regiment No: 15380.  He became a Sergeant and was described as “Honest, Sober and Reliable.  Is a trained attendant of Very Good character”.  He was posted to the West African Field Unit.

He was also mentioned in Despatches.

He survived.

57 PALACE ROAD (3 rooms)

Frances Young (Bn 1868) and her son Reginald lived at 57 Palace Road.  She was born in East London and he in North London.  Reginald (Bn 1892) joined up aged 21 years and 9mths old in 1914 and served in France during WW1.  He was mentioned in London Despatches in the London Gazette, December 1918.  His occupation had been a Grocer (not married).

He survived.

57 PALACE ROAD (3 rooms) (1911 Census) – Also See Residents

Also at 57 Palace Road in 1911, Robert Eastall (Bn 1863 D1953 Croydon, aged 90), his wife Eleanor (Bn 1864) lived with their three daughters, Eleanor, Constance and Alice and two sons, Robert and Reginald (Reggie/Harry).  In 1913, they lived at No 10 Palace Road.

Son Robert William (Private 4518), joined the East Surrey Regiment (survived).

Reginald (Reggie/Harry) (Private 10777), joined the 1st Btn East Surrey Regiment and was Killed at Ypres, aged just 19 years old, on 20 April 1915.  He is remembered on the Menin Gate.

His sister Constance, later named her son after him when she married.

59 PALACE ROAD (2 rooms) (1911 Census)

Private William Ernest Gater (Bn 1 September 1897 Upper Norwood D1937).  He went to Woodland Road School in 1900, when his address was 31 George Street (now Cawnpore Street).

He joined 3rd  and 1st Border 8th Btn (now living at 7 Colby Road) on 22 March 1915, aged 18 years old.  Private 23035.

He was 5ft 3”, hazel eyes and brown hair.  He had been a Porter for a Greengrocer (Wells) at 1 Colby Road.  He had his Next of Kin (1915) as ‘Friend Jane Wells/126 Gipsy Hill)’.  His mother Emma had died in 1914.

He was 30 per cent deaf due to a middle-ear infection in childhood.

Buried in trench by bomb (November 1916) (survived)

Gun Shot Wound to left knee (May 1917)

Gassed twice in 1918, once causing injury to face which resulted in minute foreign bodies embedded in his cornea.

He served in Egypt 5 months, Italy and France over 1 year.

He survived.



Widow, Euphemia Hone (aged 52 from Scotland D1920), lived at 18 Palace Road with her two sons, Charles Henry Hone (aged 28) (a Jobbing Gardener) and Alexander McFarlane (aged 15) (a Bookstall Clerk).

During WW1, Charles joined the Royal Navy (No 18925).  His first ship was President II (1918) and the Royal Air Force (No 218925) (1916), aged 34.  Height 5ft 4”, brown hair and blue eyes.

He later moved to 44 Ridsdale Road, Anerley, but during an Air Raid, was Killed at Anerley Road Shelter, on 9 October 1940 (aged 58).

HONE, CHARLES HENRY, age 58; of 44 Ridsdale Road.  Son of Charles Henry and Euphemia Hone.  9 October 1940, at Anerley Road Shelter

Alexander (Bn 1895 D1960) (a Painter).  During WW1, he joined the Royal Navy.  His first ship was Pembroke (originally 1913).  His last ship was Royal Oak (until 1920).  Height 5ft 2”, fair hair and blue eyes.

He later moved to 69 Ridsdale Road, Anerley.

Result from 1944 bomb damage [source: Facebook]

On 10 July 1944, 3:57pm, a V1 Hit Palace Square and Palace Road

This major incident occurred when the V1 fell on Palace Square and caused severe damage in both Palace Square and Belvedere Road.  8 houses demolished in the Square, and 2 in Belvedere Road.  53 severe damage in Belvedere Road.  175 houses and 4 shops slight damage in Palace Square, Belvedere Road, Anerley Grove, Cintra Park, Waldegrave Road and Palace Road.  The area of damage in Belvedere Road can still be seen as the line of Victorian housing is interrupted by a small recreation ground/open space.  Only a few original houses in Palace Square survive to this day.

On 11 July 1944, 6:09pm, a V1 Hit Anerley Road by Crystal Palace Low Level Station

This was the second very serious incident in two days (the previous one at Palace Square) within a short distance of each other.  The V1 struck in the Anerley Road outside Crystal Palace Low level station.  People had heard the V1 cut out and were running for the cover of a basement shelter, but did not reach it in time.  Shops in the Station Road were demolished and there was a fire, 18 shops were demolished, 8 shops and 7 houses severely damaged, 84 houses slight damage in Anerley Road, Station Road, Brunswick Place, Hadlow Place, Cintra Park and Palace Road.  The Paxton Arms Hotel pub was also badly damaged and did not re-open until 1955.  The pub once displayed a plaque outside noting this, stating that one of the rescuers was invited to have the first drink at the pub’s re-opening.