Located less than 7 miles from Charing Cross, you may think that you know what Norbury has to offer. However, this is a part of London that has a lot of history but there is also a lot to look forward to, which means that Norbury residents can enjoy life. Here are 6 things you maybe never knew about Norbury.
Norbury extends beyond Croydon
While Norbury is recognised as being part of the London Borough of Croydon, close to one third of the district is actually found in the London Borough of Merton. There is also the fact that around one third of the district, the part ranging from Hermitage Lane to Streatham High Road, can be found in the London Borough of Lambeth.
Norbury Hall has a great history
Norbury Hall dates back to 1802 and the building, which now serves as a retirement home, is classed as a Grade II listed building. The property was built for William Coles and was bought by James Hobbes in 1883. The property remained in the ownership of the Hobbs family until 1958 when it was purchased by the County Borough of Croydon, and the gardens of the premises were opened to the public.
Norbury Railway Station is an important hub
While there has been a railway station in Norbury since 1878 and a railway line since 1862, it was only in 1902 and the rebuilding of Norbury Railway Station that easy connections to and from London has been on offer. The station provides access to Croydon, London Bridge and London Victoria Station. Given that Victoria is one of the leading transport hubs in the capital, it is easy enough to connect from Norbury to most of the United Kingdom, and beyond. The station is located in Travelcard Zone 3.
Norbury may benefit from the Tramlink
While Norbury doesn’t currently benefit from the Tramlink in South London, this situation may change in the future. There are plans in place that would see Norbury served by a line that ran from Croydon to Streatham, taking in Thornton Heath and Norbury along the way.
Famous people from Norbury
Norbury can lay claim to a number of famous people and these people have helped to place the location on the map. Actors Will Hay and Deryck Guyler hail from Norbury while musicians Liberia and Robert Prizeman also come from the area. Norbury has also played a pivotal role in the lives of writers Kingsley Amis, Edwy Searles Brooks and Michael Moorcock.
Norbury once stumped Sherlock Holmes
There are not too many people or places that manged to get the better of Sherlock Holmes but one of the few times the detective fell short in his duties came in Norbury. This was described in the short story, The Adventure of the Yellow Face.
Hopefully these facts have given you some new insight into Norbury, the history it holds and what it has to offer in the London Borough of Croydon.
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