Clapham Talk – History of West Norwood Cemetery


One of the significant cemeteries of Europe

West Norwood Cemetry The cemetery at West Norwood is large and contains the graves of the rich and titled, soldiers, children, and ordinary people. The many beautiful Mausoleums and statues bring visitors from around the world.

Bob Flanagan will talk about its history and some of the Clapham residents who chose to be buried there. Remarkable examples include the clown Tom Barry, who sailed down the Thames in a tub pulled by geese in 1844, Thomas Cubitt, the developer of Clapham Park, the engineer Sir William Cubitt FRS, the potter John Doulton, the naturalist Robert Hudson FRS, and the Baptist preacher Charles Haddon Spurgeon.

About the Speaker

Bob Flanagan is Chairman of the Friends of West Norwood Cemetery.

Photo: copyright DR Walker

When and Where

Monday 21 January. Our meetings are held at Omnibus.

Omnibus, 1 Clapham Common North Side, SW4 0QW

The bar at Omnibus is open from 7 pm, and meetings will commence at 8 pm.
Our guest will normally speak for about 45 minutes, followed by around 15 minutes for questions and discussion, and the bar will remain open after meetings.

Meetings are free, so please come along and introduce a friend! Open to non-members.