THE NOSTRADAMUS OF SOUTH NORWOOD HILL – and other fascinating residents
The next Norwood Society Local History meeting is on Thursday 16th November at 7.30 pm at the Upper Norwood Library, Westow Hill, SE19 1TJ. –

Stephen Oxford has thoroughly researched the South Norwood Hill area and in this talk relates the amazing prophesies of one local resident and other’s connections to faked documents in the British Museum, Charles Dickens, D’Oyly Carte, the Fighting Temeraire, our first Croydon Councillor, a ‘Lunatic’, an outspoken Baptist Minister, a Consul to India, East India Company Traders, a holder of the Chevalier De La Legion D’Honneur, one of the most important ornithologists of the Victorian era, a Chairman of Lloyds Insurance, several millionaires, the actor who died on stage, one of the earliest local footballers, a professor and composer of music, a manager of one of the earliest local cinemas, the missing man assumed dead for twenty years, a Lieutenant Colonel who fought in the Sikh Wars, a manufacturer of mathematical instruments, the ‘inventor’ of the ink duplicating machine, a bankrupt builder, the “Young Shaftesbury”, a seaman who survived a shipwreck off Land’s End, a witness in the “Bravo Murder” case and many more!

In short – a hidden plethora of interesting people has been unearthed.

The Cinema Museum at 2 Dugard Way, Lambeth, London SE11 4TH – a fellow Lambeth Local History Forum member – is facing an uncertain future as the building they are based in is being sold by the NHS to a developer. The trustees have set up a petition on:

If you wish to support the Museum and help persuade the NHS to think again please sign.

Our December meeting on the 21st will be a social and a quiz. This is for members and those who regularly attend our meetings. Why not join now as new applications include the rest of this year and 2018: (Source: Norwood Society Local History)

Upper Norwood library book club’s next book is For whom the bell tolls by Ernest Hemingway and copies are on the reservation shelf at the ibrary. Next session will be on Sat 16th December at 2:30.
There was intense discussion about Colson Whitehead’s Underground Railway at November’s reading group session. We could probably have had another hour and a half and not cover everything we would like to about that book!

Some did not complete the book because they could not cope with the violence described. Others loved it as a piece of writing though the subject matter revolted them. We all felt it was important to try to understand, and felt Whitehead portrayed the terrible realities and complexities of slavery and racism both then and now in an excellent manner. We scored it 7 out of 10.
(Source: Upper Norwood library book club)


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