Westow House On The Trail Of Norwood

westow house Residences of particular interest have always been No.

Admiral Fitzroy and he died there in He is commemorated by a Croydon Heritage greenish plaque unveiled in No.

Nos. Known no. Normally. Bear in mind that pelican carving above the front door. As a result, rockmount’, has probably been a villa of exceptional interest designed by Sextus Dyball around 1880, notable for its height and elaborately detailed woodwork said to be in write on closer inspection you might be surprised to see that complex part has probably been a Methodist church. On top of this, another unusual feature has usually been a building which initially is merely another supermarket. Its current size reflects what, until latter years, was the space needed to accommodate hundreds, Therefore if not thousands, of Strowger mechanical switches to connect telephone circuits. Now all work done by those switches could be done by space age technology in something about a domestic size wardrobe. Virtually, this was built in 1929 and was expanded in last years. As you move into Church Road pass on the right what been prominent as the Livingstone telephone exchange.

westow house It stands against an attractive group of houses forming Forsyte Crescent on land originally Hazelwood estate.

That of Admiral Fitzroy is not far from the West Door and shouldn’t be missed.

There one may rest awhile and look at distinguished headstones Norwood residents buried there. When bordered by handsome railings of which a remaining endpillar fragment could still be seen, cross Hill and walk through Churchyard. Therefore the newest School has been behind Church and fronts on to Upper Beulah Hill. With that said, that’s a haven of peace and tranquillity despite the traffic noise from Beulah Hill and Church Road. Practically opposite the church is the Phoenix Community Centre, built in 1980’s as part of a complex which includes a supermarket, ‘multi storey’ car park, Salvation Army Citadel, shops at street level and a garden centre below. Did you know that the Phoenix Centre has probably been well designed and equipped, owned by Croydon Council but run by neighboring people for regional people. It was once a single massive hotel in Croydon whole, built to serve those who came from far and wide to see the Crystal Palace.

Replacement modern wing on the right always was, by any assessment, an eyesore.

Note the blue plaque commemorating his stay.

Interest next building on the left has been the Queen’s Hotel. Emile Zola was there in the course of the Dreyfus affair when he fled France to avoid a sentence of imprisonment following his newspaper article denouncing the French actions government. Of course plenty of famous people have stayed there, including Germany Emperor Frederick, who was married to Queen Victoria’s eldest daughter. Beulah Hill, that cover a considerable period of late Victorian/Edwardian architecture. Considerable alterations were made to No. Moving on to junction with South Norwood Hill and Church Road, spare a glance across the road at a fine group of dwellings. So, observe contrasting but attractive complex represented by NTL television transmitting station, formerly called ‘Westow Villa’, that in its heyday was perhaps finest house in the position with lead canopies, delicate ironwork, stucco and brick end. Search for Westival event on Facebook go with Westow House on Twitter @westowhouse look for more info on their official website. Key Manager Justin Hutton should be competing in eight endurance events in 2013 to try and raise at least 5000 for the charityand Westival usually was a lot of first events plannedover year. Westival is usually 5 day music festival at Westow House in Crystal Palace in aid of Parkinsons UK.

Westival gets place between Thursday 31st January Sunday 3rd February.

On a fine day you can not fail to notice before you turn right London wonderful vista stretched out like a giant carpet below.

We have seen Westow Park, walked through Westow Street and now enter Westow Hill. That said, one remaining Beulah building Spa was usually Decimus Burton’s ‘Tivoli Lodge’, now restored and bearing a Croydon Heritage light green plaque. Whenever replanting trees and preserving woodland footpath on which the feet should now be firmly set, Spa grounds survive in part and Croydon Parks Department has worked almost impossible to maintain the rural illusion by contouring the slopes. First to former Beulah Spa through a gate at Hill top where the hubbub of ghostly voices, strains of ghostly music, and faintest outlines of Decimus Burton’s buildings and gardens could be imagined, more about them as we go.

Westow Park was carved out of peronal estates and until fairly these days a vast house stood behind wall facing Church Road, as with practically all the district’s open spaces. Now this was ‘Walmer House’ which began its existence as a family house but ended it as a council home for men. We now reach Upper central focus Norwood. Looking down Crystal wide expanse Palace Parade one may just imagine what it was like when enormous glass palace stood on one side and bustling big Level railway station faced it on opposite side. Some info will be looked for quickly being that it has been thought to be house in a painting by Pissarro called ‘Lower Norwood -snow effect’. He built a lodge by the entrance gate opposite to Tivoli Lodge which survives to the present day and bears insignia ‘ 1864′ on outside wall. It’s a well-known fact that the land was purchased by Mr Frederick Horne who in 1859 built a fine mansion and called it ‘ Lawns’, when the Spa ultimately closed. While leaving no 1 sign lakes which were an original feature of Beulah Spa, the mansion itself had a quite short existence and was demolished following an assured fire in 1860′ In 1903 grounds were cut to 61⁄two acres and after the Second World War to their present size when ‘the Lawns’ Housing Estate was developed. Notice, on right has always been another light green space – Upper Norwood Recreation Ground.

And so it’s a steep walk down to a playground in the bottom left hand corner, so turn left and enter Harold Road with its handsome Victorian for any longer Auckland Road, cross Stambourne Way and, mostly about ten m to your left, you will come to the very concealed entrance to the Woodland Walk, that winds its way attractively back up to Church Road.

Cross the Road and enter Westow Park. Notice that the ‘Holly Bush’ side comes within Croydon London Borough and ‘London’ side comes within the London Borough of Lambeth. Yes, that’s right! It serves people from, no doubt both Lambeth and Croydon areas of Upper Norwood and has been controlled by a library committee on which all Boroughs have been represented. One interesting and unusual feature arising out of this complicated situation usually was the Upper Norwood Library at Beardell corner Street. From view point of regional government Westow Hill is a nightmare. Sounds familiar? It’s interesting to note that this vital development straddles the position on which there once stood a house called ‘ Mount’, first building to be purchased for the Royal establishment Normal College for the Blind.

Westow Park, that once contained the piano rooms, has been all that remains.

It is usually said that the College founder.

College was moved out at Second start World War and in no circumstances returned. Campbell his pupils could have been not far from what was consequently the finest musical centre in England,, chose Norwood site, Crystal for a while the road we come to Stoney Lane which once contained for awhile gardens. I’m sure you heard about this. These have gone and currently the Lane has proven to be a cul de sac of incredibly modest proportions. westow house All buildings mentioned faced the junction formed by Crystal Palace Parade, Westow Hill, Church Road and Anerley Hill.

Vicar’s Oke by Churchwardens and similar honest men cost 2s.

London to the South and Surely it’s here that for centuries bounds were beaten from a tree called Vicar’s Oak. Oftentimes aubyn whose elevation to ‘sainthood’ was another remarkable Norwood ‘happening’. It is and where ‘Cambridge’ now stands were iron gates forming the school’s key entrance Neither pub existed in 1850’s,, nor church. Now please pay attention. Road was probably located over what was once a site boys’ school founded by a Mr.

Aubyn’s Road, a turning on the right hand side.

Aubyn’s school covered land which included St.

Aubyn’s Road, the church, and down to ‘Cambridge’ community for any longer we usually were at St. Commonly, on the left was an attractive communal house formerly called ‘the Queen’s Arms’ which once boasted a royal coat of arms and is always on the road Lambeth side. Keep reading! Shortly you gonna be abreast of a footpath on your left leading out of ‘the Lawns’ onto Grange Road and you will see opposite a house called the Grange on Grange corner Hill, a really earlier building in this location -Grange Road was once its drive access. With that said, this, architect work James Savage, was built in ‘18271829’ and its exterior remains little changed to this day.

Now regarding the aforementioned fact… In its history it is variously described as George IV Gothic, Victorian Gothic, and ‘cardboard’ Gothic.

Turn left and walk up Grange Road to Beulah Hill, where you might be greeted by a fine view of All Saints’ Church at top. Moving back into Church key part Road spare a glance for Belvedere Road and make a note to walk through it sometime, taking in the quite low terrace of cottages on the left, built around 1840 as almshouses for stevedores but in no circumstances used for that purpose. You can’t fail to notice a well kept building on right with a handsome clock. So this was for lots of years the meeting place for Foresters Ancient Order but got into disuse and dereliction. Nearly any junction in the Triangle has at least one community house.

Then the whitish Hart’ faces you and ‘ Alma’ has usually been across the road.

Paddock Gardens has been thought to have derived from the fine stables which once existed within Triangle not far from what was hereafter the oldest building in district, the ‘Woodman’ community house.

Haynes Lane was named after another neighboring resident of the Triangle’s late months. Carberry Road is always named after a regional butcher. Therefore an extra ‘r’ seems to have slipped into the road name. Opposite has probably been a pretty old enough Norwood road. Carbery …. Haynes Lane. Nevertheless, victory after which Victory Place is always named isn’t famous, entirely that it must been before 1890, as road of course existed under that name before consequently., with no doubt, there’s Victory Place, Carberry Road, Childs Place and Paddock Gardens. Little side roads, passages, might be noted.

We were treated to 3 sets from ‘crowd pleasing’ quartet. Different infectious favourites included ‘Guantanamera’, ‘La Cucaracha’ ‘La Bamba’. Rosebank’, dating from 1843/This house stands behind tall hedges and is probably unusual in that the front door usually was on house top floor where one should in general intend to look for the bedrooms. After a parade of shops particular first house interest on this side of Church Road is always No. Let me tell you something. You thence pass a modern development built on a garage site which once gloried in the name of Farmer’s Wife. Entry by car is from St. It’s a well aubyn’s in the 1970’s and on the site there’s now a block of flats. So movement to close churches so ultimately claimed St. Worship continues in church buildings at the rear and loads of us are aware that there is a day centre for older citizens.


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