Help to shape the future of West Norwood Cemetery

As part of the engagement work around the future of West Norwood Cemetery Lambeth are holding drop-in sessions at the Portico Gallery on the following days next week:

Wednesday 13 September: 18:30 – 20:00  and
Saturday 16 September: 10:00 – 16:00

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

If you are unable to attend please complete the survey online – or email the project team at

Help to shape the future of West Norwood Cemetery

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.

How to respond

Complete the survey online –
Email the Project Team at
Come along to one of the drop-in sessions

This is your chance to see our proposals, ask any questions and tell us what you think, come meet us at:

West Norwood FEAST open sessions

Sunday – 6 August
Sunday – 03 September

Portico Gallery Open Sessions

Wednesday 13 September – 6:30pm till 8pm
Saturday 16 September – 10am till 4pm

Consultation –

Previous blog –

Lottery grant for “magnificent” West Norwood Cemetery

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”.

For more information take a look here and at the article in the BBC.

Notable people buried at West Norwood 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…