Norwood, England - Encyclopedia

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NORWOOD, a southern district of London, England, partly in Surrey and partly in the county of London (metropolitan borough of Lambeth). The district is hilly and well wooded, hence the name. It is divided into Upper, Lower and South Norwood, all consisting principally of villa residences and detached houses inhabited by the better classes. Among numerous institutions are almshouses for the poor of St Saviour's, Southwark, opened at South Norwood in 1863, a Jewish convalescent home in 1869, and the Royal Normal College and Academy of Music for the Blind at Upper Norwood in 1872. At Gipsy Hill, Upper Norwood, lived Margaret Finch, queen of the Gipsies, who died in 1740 at the age of 109, and was buried in the churchyard at Beckenham.

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