The world authority on Vauxhall Gardens, David Coke, is the author of vauxhallhistory.org’s latest picture feature on the ‘Royal Vauxhall Balloon’. And what a story David has to tell. Who would believe that a manned flight distance world record was set in 1836? Or that the record stood for another eight decades? That’s not a […]
Vauxhall, or ‘Voho’ in estate-agent’s patter (the ‘Soho’ of the south bank), attracts gay people both as a place to live and for the clubs and bars that surround the site of what was once the Vauxhall Gardens open-air resort (1661–1858). One notable event in the history both of the Gardens and of the capital’s […]
Were Vauxhall residents Orlibar and Margaret Turner really poisoned by Eliza Fenning? On Tuesday 21 March 1815, retired law stationer Orlibar Turner and his wife Margaret, who lived comfortably in Belmont Row, Vauxhall (where St George’s Wharf now stands), crossed the Thames and travelled to Chancery Lane to visit their son Robert and his pregnant […]
The Duchy of Cornwall owns much of Vauxhall and Kennington, which makes the local landlord HRH Charles, Prince of Wales. One of the royal heir’s other titles is Duke of Cornwall. The first Duke was a Vauxhall resident as well as landlord. This is short-lived warrior Edward of Woodstock (1330–1376), who was invested as Prince […]
David Coke, co-author with Alan Borg of Vauxhall Gardens: A History, will lead ‘The Heyday of Vauxhall Gardens’, a Vauxhall Society/vauxhallhistory.org guided walk, on Monday 4 September 2017. The walk marks the traditional end of the season for this world-famous open-air attraction. Kick-off for this Lambeth Heritage walk (an hour or so long) is 2.30pm sharp, […]
Take the opportunity to discover more about your area… The Lambeth Local History Fair, which kicks off this year’s Lambeth Heritage Festival, brings together over 20 local history societies, friends groups, local history publishers and heritage organisations from across Lambeth and offers a programme of talks, book stalls, led walks, exhibitions and refreshments throughout the […]
‘She’s always here soon after 6.30 [a.m.],’ says Bertie of one customer, ‘to buy her own breakfast. And it’s always the same thing she wants, “One-pound-of-streaky-and-five-sausages.”‘ ‘Here’ is Brixton Street Market, in Mary Benedetta’s 1936 book Street Markets of London (London: John Miles Ltd). Benedetta’s book covers over 30 street markets in Lambeth and beyond, […]
The Doulton fairytale panels in the South Wing corridor of St Thomas’ Hospital get star billing in issue 22 (2017) of the GIST, the Guy’s and St Thomas’s magazine ‘History Corner’ feature. Margaret Thompson and William Rowe’s panels, made a short walk away at the Doulton factory in Vauxhall, once brightened up the two children’s […]
In the 18th century (and until 1859), Vauxhall Gardens was home to an outdoor organ so mighty that it could be heard throughout the 11-acre open-air pleasure resort, and no doubt beyond. The organ could certainly have been heard at St Peter’s Church in Kennington Lane, had St Peter’s been there at the time, which it […]
Vauxhall has a long association with booze and boozing. There’s a story that time was called on Hardicanute, king of Denmark and of England when he died in 1042 while drinking at a wedding party around here. From 1812 the Beaufoy family counterfeited wines (legally) and brewed vinegar at what is now Regents Bridge Gardens. Beefeater […]
The Walcot Foundation gives away an average of £1.8 million a year ‘for the relief of the Lambeth poor’. The charity has been around for 350 years, established by the 1667 will of a wealthy haberdasher, Edmund Walcott (his surname originally had two ‘t’s), who endowed it with 17 acres of what was then […]
Free, all welcome. Leaving 10.30am sharp from Tate South Lambeth Library, 180 South Lambeth Road, London SW8 1QP. Lasts an hour or so. Your guide: Sean Creighton, local blogger, community activist, historian and publisher. This walk is a Friends of Tate South Lambeth Library event, in association with The Vauxhall Society/vauxhallhistory.com, and is part of […]
Jon Newman’s River Effra, South London’s Secret Spine is lavishly-illustrated, deeply-researched and, above all, grippingly-readable – a landmark work, the first detailed and comprehensive account of the Effra.
Have you ever walked over a London bridge and looked down to see the tide was out on the river, and the freshly exposed beaches were dotted with little hunched figures, picking their way across the foreshore? Those figures were likely to be Thames beachcombers, called mudlarks, searching among the flints and gravel for fragments […]
Explore Thames Foreshore with Eliott Wragg. 11am prompt at Lacks Dock slipway. No booking required. £5 to Museum of London’s Thames Discovery programme
Tuesday 20 September 2016: Schola Cantorum performs choral music at St Peter’s, Vauxhall, in aid of organ restoration fund. Book tickets here or buy on the door.
To mark the launch of vauxhallhistory.org on 6 September 2016, Alex Werner of Museum of London talks about the rise of Doulton, one of England’s greatest pottery manufacturers. All welcome.
Conductor and harpsichordist Bridget Cunningham on how she came to record Handel at Vauxhall.