Westow Street

You’ll find the Tomlinson and Cooper plaque on one of the buildings featured in this postcard. Image: Norwood Society


This year’s Crystal Palace Overground Festival kicks off on Monday morning – but if you want to follow  the BLUE PLAQUES TRAIL round the Crystal Palace Triangle before then, leaflets are already available outside Sainsbury’s this morning and in various local shops and businesses.

The Norwood Society have spent a huge amount of time researching the shops and businesses around the Triangle. The result? More than 120 shops and businesses are now displaying blue plaques showing one of their predecessors who occupied their premises – or the site on which their current business now stands.

Butcher, baker, basket maker…..How many plaques can you find around the Triangle? Take the trail….this will show you where 126 local businesses are displaying the newly researched and designed Blue Plaques in their windows, giving a unique insight into the local area’s past.

Groundbreaking research into the history of the shops that make up ‘The Triangle’ (Westow Hill, Westow Street, Church Road SE19) has been undertaken by Norwood Society members over the last two years. This has involved visits to five different archives to scour street directories, in addition to web based research. A team of six members have canvassed local traders gaining their agreement to display the plaques.

Each plaque will reveal some significant information about a past trade, trader or history of the building. A free guide will be available in shops and cafes during the Festival and on the Norwood Society’s stall in Crystal Palace Park on Saturday 17th June. Visit the stall to not only pick up the guide but also to find out more about the history of The Triangle and to talk to the researchers.

The Plaques Project is part of the Norwood Society’s aim to encourage local people to engage with the history of Norwood, in particular The Triangle, and the work of the Society. Two other supporting events during the Festival are:

Thursday 15th June 7.30 pm ‘Shopping at Upper Norwood In Edwardian Splendour’
An illustrated talk by Alun Thomas
Upper Norwood Library, 39 Westow Hill, SE19 1TJ

Sunday 18th June 4 pm ‘Walk into the past around the Triangle’
A walk pointing out buildings and shops of historic interest
Meet outside Crystal Palace Station SE19 2AZ

Editor’s Note: Information on the Crystal Palace Overground Festival website mistakenly says there is a blue plaques walk around the Triangle starting on Monday at 9am. The actual walk is on Sunday 18th June at 4pm. News From Crystal Palace reported this earlier information in good faith. Apologies for any inconvenience caused.

Events lined up for the first three days of the Festival are:


19:00 Connected Yoga Class Crystal Palace Park – at the bottom of the main steps to the left of the Sports Centre Open to all levels – beginners welcome, this nurturing and uplifting class allows you to go within and slow down the pace, whilst building strength and flexibility. Building a positive mind and happy, healthy body all in the beauty of nature, and having fun whilst doing it – class lasts one hour. No charge but registration essential at https://goteamup.com/p/615597-emma-deeryzumba-yoga/

20:00 Quiz The White Hart Crystal Palace’s favourite weekly Monday night quiz. Cash rollover, play your cards right and the famous £50 bar tab 20:30 Dulwich Set Dancers Gipsy Hill Tavern A display to include dances from Galway, Kerry and Clare


10:30 – 14:30 Men in Sheds Penge Open Day Kingsdale House, Kingsdale Road, SE20 7PR Drop in to meet the Penge Shedders, buy or commission an item, or join one of our workshops to make something for your garden e.g. bird box, bug house. There will be a small charge for items you make and take away. Facebook: meninshedspenge, contact Jon Paul Mountford 020 8294 3011 / 3017 An Age UK Bromley & Greenwich project

19:30 Beyond Words Gipsy Hill Tavern Maurice Riordan and local poets Paul Carney, Racheal Joseph, Orlanda Marsden, Robin Pilcher, William Wylde; storyteller Lindy Armah; playwrights Claire Booker and Frank Mariani; and Salt Music, a fusion of poetry, music and theatre by Angela Brodie and Steve Halliwell. See it before it goes to Hull City of Culture. Entry £5 / £4 concs on the door.


10:30 – 12:30 Qigong St Hugh’s Community Centre, 42 Castledine Road, SE20 8PL Stroll along to our FREE well-being event. One hour of Qigong followed by healthy refreshments. Qigong is an ancient Chinese health care system that integrates physical postures, breathing techniques and focused intention. We look forward to chill-laxing with you. Drop in no need to book.

12:00 – 16:00 Music Mania The Lakes Café Come to our oasis next to South Norwood Lake and enjoy music-making for all ages and performances from top local musicians http://www.thelakescafe.co.uk

12:45 – 13:30 Drumming Circle Kingswood Community Shop, 37-38 Seeley Drive, SE21 8QR A drumming circle is a fun and social activity that brings people together to be spontaneous in the moment. Drums provided – no experience necessary but limited spaces available.

20:00 Fascinating Rhythm Gipsy Hill Tavern A fifteen piece swing band who play a mix of jazz, blues and Latin.

19:45 – 21:00 Chakradance taster session St Hugh’s Community Centre, 42 Castledine Rd, SE20 8PL Sandalphon’s Slippers take you on magical inner journeys using gentle multi-sensory healing methods including Chakradance™, mandala art and sound healing. Numbers are limited. To reserve your place please book via Eventbrite at http://www.eventbrite.com/e/free-chakradance-tastersession-tickets-33524675206

20:00 Comedy The White Hart Four live acts, compared by legendary host Tim Ballantine.

19:30 Live Music – Veda Black Domali Bar & Kitchen A two piece – vocals, guitar and cajon playing alternative soul.

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