Norbury News Update 31 May


There is little to note about Norbury affairs over the last week. However, a new situation begins tomorrow with partial easing of the lockdown rules. The situation with regard to this and analysis of the COVID crisis discussed at last week’s Council Scrutiny Committee are on my Croydon blog posting. Last week’s seemingly increased traffic along London Rd will grow as will air pollution. There will be more people in the High St making it more difficult to 2m social distance through the High St. The large groups in Norbury Hall Park and the green field behind the Nuffield Centre will now doubt continue to flout the rules. There are virtually no new planning applications (and most of those few are those the public cannot comment on – lawful Development Certificates or on neighbours can (General Planning Development Orders). It is good to see that the Council is continuing to refuse some planning applications (1 Abingdon Rd and 20 Biggin Way). For those who miss attending church you may want to look at Father Younis’s video of his service at St. Philip’s. In relation to Norbury history I include a piece about the Grandison College dance school and one of it pupils Jacky Lansley.

Croydon News Postings 30 May

Planning Application – 6 Dickenswood Close (20/02063/HSE)

Alterations including, roof lights in the rear roof slope, construction of side elevation window at first floor level, construction of Juliet balcony at rear of first floor and alterations to ground floor rear French doors.

Planning Approval – 4 Tylecroft Rd (20/01566/HSE

Erection of outbuilding at rear (retrospective). The Planners have put on the following conditions:

  • ‘The proposed outbuilding building hereby approved shall only be used for purposes incidental to the enjoyment of the existing dwelling house as such and for no other purpose. Reason: To protect the amenity of adjoining occupiers and the character of the surrounding area.’
  • ‘At least one water butt of 100 litre volume shall be installed on a downpipe attached to the roof of the development prior to occupation/commencement of the use and shall be retained and maintained for so long as the development remains in existence. Reason: To ensure that the principles of sustainable drainage are incorporated into the development and to reduce the impact of flooding’.

A resident tells me that while the outbuilding is to have a double door facing the main house only, there is currently an opening to the back too. The officer report and decision letter do not make it clear whether this means the back door is to be closed up. There is also no sign of a back door in the submitted drawing. I have advised the resident to contact the Planning Officer and let the two local Councillors know.

Panning Refusal – 1 Abingdon Rd (20/01565/FUL)

Alterations to existing rear extensions and conversion dwelling into 2 x 1 bed and 1 x 2 bed self-contained flats. This is part of a long drawn out saga of applications and refusals. The reasons for refusal this time are:

‘The proposal would result in the subdivision and loss of an original three bedroom dwelling with a floor area of less than 130sqm, for which there is an identified need in the borough’.

The development would result in sub-standard accommodation by reason failure to provide acceptable levels of private external amenity space’.

Planning Refusal – 20 Biggin Way (20/00907/HSE)

Partial excavation of garden for side/rear extension for connection between main dwelling and outbuilding. The reasons for refusal are:

  • ‘By reason of its scale, massing and design the development would not form a subservient respectful addition to the property and would erode green garden suburban character of the area. The proposal would be harmful to the character of the locality and detrimental to the visual amenity of the host property’.
  • ‘The development would be detrimental to the amenities of the occupiers of adjoining property by reason of its size and siting resulting in visual intrusion, restricted outlook and daylight and increased sense of enclosure’.

Father Younis Video

Father Younis of St Philip’s Church has posted a video of his Sunday service on Facebook

Grandison College, Norbury

Grandison College was a dance school operating at 5 St Helen’s Crescent with the Grandison Hall at 1262 London Rd. It was established by Irene Grandison Clark in 1927 as principal with Miss Mary S. Pim as headmistress. It was evacuated in 1940. It is possible that there were financial difficulties approaching bankruptcy in 1955. (The London Gazette. 1955. p. 2169). This may be the reason why in 1959 the College and Hall were sold to Wates (Croydon Times. 30 October 1959. p. 16). It then operated at 107 Park Lane in the 1960s. (The Stage Year Book 1969). It closed on 15 July 1973.

In Ward’s Directory of 1937 the properties along the stretch of London Rd and round into St Helen’s included a cluster of education and entertainment facilities: 1262 as the Grandison Dance Hall, 1264 the Norbury Club, 1266 Cragg School, 1266A Robinson’s School of Dancing, 1266b St Hilda’s Hall and 1268 Miss Lucas and her St Hilda’s School. Round the corner at 1-3 St Helen’s Crescent was the High School for Girls.

There are references to its formation and advertisements and other short notes in The Dancing Times: (1956. pp. 134, 180 & 400), 1959. pp. 114 & 147, 1961. pp. 234, 502 & 676, 1995. p. 1149 and 1998. p. 467)

There are also mentions in:

The British Federation of Music Festivals 1950 refers to Clark (p. 32)

There are references to the College and Ms Clark in the following books:

Audrey Bambra & Muriel Webster. Teaching Folk Dancing.

Joan Lawson. The Teaching of Classical Ballet: Common Faults in Young Dancers and Their Training. Black. 1983

Ann Woollam. Method of Classical Ballet. K. Keiesier. 2006

London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. Musical Theatre; Exploring the World Through Song. 2008

Jacky Lansley

Dancer and choreographer Jacky Lansley was interviewed for a book she co-edited. She says:

‘I boarded at the performing arts school in London,  The Grandison College from the age of 8 to 16 where I studied a whole range of techniques – ballet, tap, ballroom dance, modern dance, singing, folk dance, acting and piano.’ There is a longer explanation about her time at the College. (Jacky Lansley & Fergus Early. The Wise Body. Conservations with Experienced Dancers. Chapter 7. Intellect Books. 2011.

She was interviewed about her current work in 2018:

and there is further detailed information about her diverse career at:

Her CV can be seen at:

There is a video of her speaking in 2018 at:

Her book Choreographies: Tracing the Materials of an Ephemeral Art Form was published in 2017 by Intellect Books:

About seancreighton1947

Since moving to Norbury in July 2011 I have been active on local economy, housing and environment issues with Croydon TUC and Croydon Assembly. I am a member of the Love Norbury Residents Associations Planning & Transport Committees, and Chair of Nobury Community Land Trust. I write for Croydon Citizen at I co-ordinate the Samuel Coleridge-Taylor and Croydon Radical History Networks and edit the North East Popular Politics database. History Project.. I give history talks and lead history walks. I retired in 2012 having worked in the community/voluntary sector and on heritage projects. My history interests include labour movement, mutuality, Black British, slavery & abolition, Edwardian roller skating and the social and political use of music and song. I have a particular interest in the histories of Battersea and Wandsworth, Croydon and Lambeth. I have a publishing imprint History & Social Action Publications.
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