West Norwood / Spurgeon College
The Spurgeons enjoyed living in peaceful neighborhood of West Norwood, probably a good place to rest from their busy ministry in the center of London. West Norwood is the site of the current Spurgeon College. The college, which originally met at the Metropolitan Tabernacle, trained men to be pastors. Spurgeon gave lectures to the students every Friday, sometimes hosting them at his home. Referring to the work of preaching, Spurgeon said "To preach the Gospel myself, and to train others to do it, is my life's object and aim." Spurgeon always had a focus on the gospel, and encouraged that focus in his students. He taught them to be direct in their teaching and to speak plainly, as he did in his sermons. In addition to preaching and teaching others to preach, Spurgeon opened orphanages, helped with local and foreign missionary work, encouraged Sunday School ministry, and published books.
|Spurgeon Road, near Spurgeon's home in West Norwood|
|Westwood Language College for Girls, where Spurgeon's home once stood||the Spurgeon Oak, under which Spurgeon once lectured students|
|The Spurgeons' grave at West Norwood Cemetery|
|an exciting yard sale find||page of a bible that survived a fire at the Metropolitan Tabernacle||engraving noting the establishment of Spurgeon College|
|sign noting the officers of Spurgeon College||plaque for the first missionary martyr graduate of Spurgeon College||plaque at Spurgeon College|
|manuscript of a sermon on Romans 4:3-4||pulpit from the church where Spurgeon was converted|