South Norwood Lake and Grounds

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South Norwood Lake and Grounds
South Norwood Lake.JPG
South Norwood Lake
Type Public park
Location South Norwood
Operated by London Borough of Croydon
Status Open all year

South Norwood Lake and Grounds is a park in South Norwood in the London Borough of Croydon. The main entrance is in Woodvale Avenue while other entrances are located in Auckland Road and Sylvan Road. The area measures up to 2812 acres 11.53 hectares.[citation needed]

The lake itself was originally created as a reservoir for the Croydon Canal, which from 1809 to 1836 ran between Croydon and the Grand Surrey Canal at New Cross.[1] It is now used by local anglers, who fish for carp, bream and perch among others, and Croydon Sailing Club. The lake is also home to a variety of aquatic birds including a number of great crested grebes as well as regularly sighted herons and ringed-necked parakeets that can be seen nesting on the island.

As well as the lake there is a bowling green, tennis and basketball courts, football pitches, a cricket pitch, a playground and a trim trail. There is a Park Ranger's office with public toilets. The Park Rangers continue to patrol the park and are still based there.


In 2004 there was a massive fishing kill; the only fish species left are Carp and Perch. All Carp are over 20+ up to 39 lb, the carp can choose to be picky as there is no other fish in the lake to eat the food. It has lots of natural food including a blood worm bar.

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  1. ^ "South Norwood Lake & Grounds webpage". Croydon Council. Retrieved 2007-06-18. [dead link]

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Coordinates: 51°24′25″N 0°04′26″W / 51.407°N 0.074°W / 51.407; -0.074