TQ3172 : Former Fire Station, Norwood High Street

taken 9 years ago, near to West Norwood, Croydon, Great Britain

Former Fire Station, Norwood High Street
Former Fire Station, Norwood High Street
One of the best buildings of West Norwood, a flamboyant Gothic affair with a prominent octagonal watch tower. Built in 1881, probably to the designs of Robert Pearsall of the Metropolitan Board of Works Architect's Department. The central projecting porch is gabled and has finials, and once smoke had been spotted from the tower, from its doors would emerge the horse-drawn engines. The listed building description records that, "in 1913 this fire station housed a station officer, nine firemen, two coachmen, 2 pairs of horses, one horsed fire engine, one horsed escape, one manual escape and one hose cart."
After 30-40 years, the building's life as a fire station drew to a close as horses were supplanted by motorised fire engines (which could not fit through the doors). Grade II listed.
Since 1967, part of the building has been leased by Lambeth Council to the South London Theatre. Over the years it has suffered considerable water damage and is on English Heritage's Heritage at Risk Register, although restoration plans are afoot (LinkExternal link (Archive LinkExternal link ) ).
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Date Taken
March 2010   (more nearby)
Friday, 2 April, 2010
Fire station (converted)   (more nearby)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 319 720 [100m precision]
WGS84: 51:25.9310N 0:6.1856W
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OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 319 720
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WEST (about 270 degrees)
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