There’s a double helping of local history from The Vauxhall Society/Vauxhall History on Monday 2 September. At 2.30pm David E. Coke, the leading historian of Vauxhall Gardens, leads a guided walk, entitled The Heyday of Vauxhall Gardens, to mark the month that this open-air resort would close. Then at 7pm Vauxhall Society chairman Ross Davies, author of Vauxhall: […]
Join David E. Coke for ‘The Heyday of Vauxhall Gardens’
As part of Lambeth Heritage Month, vauxhallhistory.org co-editor Naomi Clifford will be giving a talk on the subject of the opening night of the Royal Coburg Theatre (now known as the Old Vic). It’s a story that takes the audience far and wide: from the Surrey side of the Thames to a field in a […]
Lambeth Heritage Festival: Sept 2018
A month-long event including talks, music, exhibitions, cinema, walks, children’s theatre and film workshops, covering a wide spread of interests and perspectives. There’s something for everyone.
Vauxhall Gardens drew visitors from around the world in its 18th-century prime, not least to see Roubiliac’s sensational statue. Pale imitations sprang up elsewhere in England, and as far away as America, Australia and Russia. None could quite match Jonathan Tyers’ Vauxhall Gardens for originality and crowd-pulling spectacle with a purpose. Tyers helped civilise this […]
Join Polly Freeman of the Friends of Vauxhall Park on a Vauxhall Society/Vauxhall History guided walk around the Park. Saturday 21 April 2018, starts 2.30pm prompt Meet: Parco Café, Vauxhall Park Lasts about an hour All welcome, no booking required No charge, although on-the-spot contribution of £5 in aid of the Friends of Vauxhall Park […]
Historian, community activist and blogger, and former project worker in the area Sean Creighton leads South Lambeth Road Stories, a free guided Vauxhall Society/Vauxhall History walk which kicks off from the Tate South Lambeth Library at 180 South Lambeth Rd, Vauxhall, London SW8 1QP at 10.30am on Saturday 10 February. There is the story of […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Winter gives way to spring 1959, and as these Lambeth Council minutes of the council’s Public Services Committee show, the thoughts of Lambeth’s Borough Engineer and his fellow philistines lightly turn to obliterating one of Vauxhall’s few remaining public works of art. The documents, unearthed in the archives by local resident and former chairman of […]
Join Polly Freeman of the Friends of Vauxhall Park on The Vauxhall Society’s guided walk around the Park. Saturday 18 March 2017, 2pm prompt Meet: Parco Café, Vauxhall Park Duration: About an hour All welcome, no booking required Cost: On-the-spot contribution to Friends of Vauxhall Park
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
Two events on 6 September: 2.30pm, ‘The Heyday of Vauxhall Gardens’, a guided walk with David Coke, and 6.45 for 7pm, the launch of Vauxhall History, an informal get-together with speakers David Coke, Alex Werner and Naomi (Klein) Clifford.
Discover three healthy local walks with a medical history theme, courtesy of a Royal Pharmaceutical Society downloadable leaflet.