South Norwood Hill



South Norwood Hill was shown on Roque's map of 1745 as Beggars Hill and on the 1800 inclosure map but  an 1818 map names it as Beaulieu Hill.  Crutchley's map of 1826 names it Beggars Hill and so does Robert's map of 1847.

Beggars Hill was officially named South Norwood Hill in 1864 when at a meeting of the Croydon Board of Health on 7th June 1864, one of the precursors to Croydon Council, the Roads Committee recommended that "the hill at Norwood called Beggars Hill be in future named Norwood Hill".  The report and its several recommendations were received and adopted (Croydon Board of Health, 1864), (Report of Roads Committee, 1864).

On the Ordnance Survey six-inch map surveyed 1867-68 and published in 1872 it is clearly named "South Norwood Hill".  The section between Southern Avenue and the High Street is named on the same map as Pawson's Place.

Maps and Land Ownership
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Building of the street
South Norwood Hill, as it is named today, was evident on the Croydon Inclosure map of 1800.  By 1847 there were a number of buildings the main ones of which were:

  • Pascall’s Brickworks
  • Norhyrst
  • The White Lion
  • Grangehyrst

Pascall’s Brickworks

Pascall’s brick works may date back to 1789 but probably not at the South Norwood site. The opening of the Croydon Canal in 1809 is thought to have lead to the development of Pascall’s brickfields in South Norwood.  They manufactured tiles, drain pipes, garden pots, chimney pots and other fired clay goods.When the clay on that site had been worked out they sold it to William Stanley who built his house Cumberlow, the Stanley Halls and the Stanley Trade School there.After this the Pascalls continued production on the other side of the railway in Harrington Road.  The brick works included two pairs of worker’s cottages.

Pascall’s Workers Cottages, 1820

 

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Significant Street Buildings

    The White Lion (1821)

    The White Lion was a public house or ‘Coaching Inn’ on the road south from London through west (Lower) Norwood, Knight’s Hill, Beulah Hill, ‘Beggar’s Hill (South Norwood Hill) South Norwood and on towards Brighton.  It stood opposite the top of  Grange …


    Stanley Halls, South Norwood (1903 to 1907)

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


    Pascall’s Brick Works

    During the 1800s there were numerous brick fields in South Norwood making use of the London clay to manufacture ‘London Yellow Stock’ bricks. A large field existed at the foot of south Norwood Hill from just after 1800. This was established by the Pascall family and after exhausting the local clay moved to nearby Blind Corner.


    Falkland Park (1890)

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


    Balmoral Court

    Balmoral Court is an Art Deco style block of nine flats on the eastern side of South Norwood Hill between Holmesdale Road and Hambledon Gardens.  It is one of the very few Art Deco style buildings in Norwood.  It does not appear on the 1932 OS maps of …


    21 South Norwood Hill

    Standing at the junction of South Norwood Hill and Holmesdale Road is this Victorian mansion with prominent central tower.


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