Prepare for the invasion of monster hunters as SNTB unveil our new sighting.


Last Tuesday, SNTB had the honour of meeting with the wonderful people who created the ‘Secret Garden’ at Norwood Junction, and had a guided tour. We were introduced to many people involved, all who have worked hard to create a wonderful environment from a waste bit of land. Alan Oakley and David Kirby spoke with great enthusiasm about how the garden came into creation and the creative input from local school children.

If you haven’t had chance look out for any open days they have, as it really is worth a visit – you can even book into the ‘Creature Hotel’!

We are extremely honoured and pleased that they want to get involved with the South Norwood Sensible Project, and look forward to working with them.

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Hopefully the first of many


Julian Maclaren Ross and that mysterious  zeppelin
Writer, raconteur, wit and dandy Maclaren Ross was born in South Norwood just before the outbreak of WW1. In his autobiography he writes:
Soon after my birth, which took place at midnight and during a thunderstorm, war broke out, and one of my earliest memories is of being snatched out of my cot and carried in my father’s arms on to the lawn of …our house…just in time to see a German Zeppelin cast its shadow on the rooftop from the vast moonlit menace of the sky
I am told I crowed with glee and stretched out my hands towards that long bright silver cigar, but this i cannot confirm; I recall the sight vividly as one which afforded me considerable pleasure…” .

Every self-respecting tourist city in Europe has an ‘OLD TOWN’. But where is South Norwood’s  ‘OLD TOWN’?  Can you help us out here……..suggestions, photos?

More Zeppelinalia
Our researchers have uncovered only one mention of Zeppelins and South Norwood in the entire cannon of Science Fiction. Here it is from ‘Hartmann the Anarchist’ by Edward Douglas Fawcett published in 1892. He is describing the airship Attila’s passage to attack London: ‘We were now going at a high speed and in a short time were skimming over Norwood Junction’. Strange to have pic…ked out Norwood Junction rather than any other more obvious landmark? This book is extremely rare however SNTB has purchased 10 copies of a recent paperback edition to make available at cost price of £5 with free delivery in South Norwood. We are going to ask the landlord of THE SHIP to change its name to THE AIRSHIP as a first step in making the High Street ‘Destination Dirigible UK’ with an annual ZEPPELINFEST

Can it be coincidence that LED ZEPPELIN manager  PETER GRANT was born and lived in South Norwood………….



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