Vauxhall History brings you an opportunity to rediscover the extraordinary murals at Morley College.
Violette Reine Elizabeth Bushell was born in Paris on 26 June 1921 to an English motor-car dealer from Brixton, and a French mother. She grew up at 18 Burnley Road, Stockwell, and was know to be a fiery daredevil. She met and married Etienne Szabo, a Captain in the French Foreign Legion 21 August, 1940. […]
Bernard Law Montgomery (“Monty”) was born in the Oval House (52-54 Kennington Oval) on 17 November 1887, the son of the Reverend Henry Hutchinson Montgomery, vicar of St Mark’s, Kennington, and his wife Maud Farrar. Bernard was educated at the Royal Military College, Sandhurst after which he joined the Army in 1908 and served as […]
Friends of Kennington Park have re-published a 12-page booklet by Bob Pateman about the devastating air-raid attack on the Kennington Park shelters on 7 September 1940, in which 104 people lost their lives, as a PDF. See also Bob Pateman writes for the BBC website on the Kennington Park tragedy
During the Second World War the government was apparently concerned that the Germans might target Vauxhall Bridge and so a temporary bridge known as Millbank Bridge was built 200 yards downstream by the Tate Museum. According to Wikipedia: Millbank Bridge was built of steel girders supported by wooden stakes; however, despite its flimsy appearance it […]
The Brown Institute for Animals in Wandsworth Road was the first animal hospital in the country. In 1855 Thomas Brown M.A., LL.B., who lived in both Dublin and London, left £20,000 to the University of London to found ‘an Animal Sanatory Institution’ which was to be concerned with “investigating, studying, and without charge beyond immediate […]