For enquiries please contact Alun & Barbara Thomas, 07784 941014, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Local History Talks are held on the 3rd Thursday of the Month at 7.30pm at the Upper Norwood Library, Westow Hill SE19 1TJ. Refreshments available. No charge but we ask for a donation of about £3.

Local History Meetings

  • December 21st 2017, 7.30pm - Social evening
  • January 18th 2018, 7.30pm - Tracing your family’s history
    Sylvia Dibbs of the East Surrey Family History Society talks about family history research and how the Society can help
  • February 15th 2018, 7.30pm - Colonel Gouraud: The man who brought recorded sound to England
    Howard Hope talks about the Colonel and his Beulah Hill house 'Little Menlo' - otherwise known as 'The Electric House'- and all the amazing things that happened there in the decade from 1888 when he bought it
  • March 15th 2018, 7.30pm - My House, My Street        
    Nick Tyson, Secretary of the Brunswick Town Trust, Hove explains how to research the history of your house and street
  • April 19th 2018, 7.30pm - Who's buried at St Luke's?
    Francis Howcutt introduces his research into the churchyard of the West Norwood Church and those buried there
  • May 17th 2018, 7.30pm - Gipsy Hill & Gipsy Road
    Explore the area’s history with Alun Thomas
  • June 21st 2018, 7.30pm - Victorian Leisure & Pleasure
    A talk by Blue Badge guide and historian Ian Bevan
  • September 20th 2018, 7.30pm - Brixton Market
    The history and development by Bill Linsky, Chairman of the Brixton Society
  • October 18th 2018, 7.30pm - Conservation in Croydon
    Conservation in the Borough by Sane Roberts Senior Project Officer (Conservation)
  • November 15th 2018, 7.30pm - Beulah Spa
    The history of the famous spa by Stephen Oxford
  • December 20th 2018, 7.30pm - Social Evening


  • June 13th 2018, Wednesday 7.00pm - Football before the World Cup - The History of Football in Crystal Palace Park
  • July 15th 2018, Sunday 2.30pm - Grangewood Park and South Norwood - led by Stephen Oxford
  • August 19th 2018, Sunday 2.30pm    - Down Gipsy Hill - led by Alun Thomas

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