The consultation materials will be on display and questionnaires available. Lambeth officers will also be delivering a series of ‘bite-sized’ talks / PowerPoint presentations during these drop-in sessions:
18:30 – 18:50: The FoWNC – The Cemetery’s rich heritage, Harrison Design Development – The Proposed Improvement Works Lambeth Council – The HLF Project
19:30 – 19:50: The FoWNC – The Cemetery’s rich heritage, Harrison Design Development – The Proposed Improvement Works Lambeth Council– The HLF Project
West Norwood Cemetery is a very significant Grade II* listed site with huge heritage value, and also offers a vast peaceful resource in a densely populated part of the borough.
Lambeth Council, in partnership with the Friends of West Norwood Cemetery (FoWNC), have been awarded a grant by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to develop proposals to restore and improve West Norwood Cemetery for the future.
Exploring the city’s Gothic past in West Norwood – Check out this video of Colin Fenn – Friends of West Norwood Cemetery – visit the catacombs with Martin Shaw to get a unique glimpse into our gothic past.
West Norwood has been granted a fantastic £4.8m from the Lottery. Friends of West Norwood Cemetery said the £4.8m investment would be spent on improving the cemetery’s drainage, footpaths and entrance gates.The money will also be used for works on an area reserved for the Greek Orthodox community – known as the “necropolis” or “cemetery within a cemetery”.
Isabella Beeton (1836-1865) – Author of Mrs Beeton’s Book of Household Management
Sir Henry Bessemer (1813-1898) – Inventor of the Bessemer converter, which helped mass-produce steel
Sir Henry Doulton (1820-1897) – Businessman, inventor and pottery manufacturer
Sir Henry Tate (1819-1899) – Sugar merchant who founded the Tate gallery
Sir Hiram Maxim (1840-1916) – Inventor of the Maxim machine gun
As an update negotiations with Lambeth Council over the funding and governance of the cemetery, have further progressed recently. An internal Council committee has approved a 9-year capital investment plan for its cemeteries (i.e. Lambeth and Streatham cemeteries as well as Norwood) of up to £15 million. This includes the element of hoped for HLF funding as regards the conservation and enhancement of Norwood.
There is still much work to do in ensuring that parallel progress is been made with other vital aspects of the process needed to ensure a successful outcome to any HLF bid. Difficult yet crucial issues, notably governance and grave re-use (‘lift-and-deepen’), remain subjects of detailed consultation and debate with Council officers.
Here is Max helping to support the Wrenches, Trenches and Stenches exhibition last weekend. “Having been working with the Friends of West Norwood Cemetery with their scrub clearance it was great just to chat to local people about the exhibition, the local area and to consider the forthcoming centenary of the start of the Great War which is not far away now”
This past weekend Max, Anna and Fred were out across the ward supporting a number of community events. While Max attended his surgery session Anna was helping residents on Guernsey and Hawarden roads with their very successful Freshview event. Joining up we then headed off to a scrub clearance at the West Norwood cemetery before handing out some councillor information cards to local business on Norwood road.
On Sunday all three of us took it turns to speak to residents at our table at the Norwood Feast, while further supporting residents later that afternoon at the excellent Romola road Freshview event. It was enjoyable talking to residents as we took note of specific issues people wanted us to be aware of, and hope to see /speak to more residents next weekend…