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 English Heritage’s dual celebration of the birthday of the England’s national bard, Shakespeare (26 April) as well as of St. George’s Day, 23 April, feast day of the patron saint of England.
This walk will centre on the St George Wharf/ MI6 stretch of the Vauxhall riverside and cover local history, past and present, in particular the question of local identity.
Labour and Conservative Mayors of London as well as Lambeth councillors have junked local ‘affordable property’ rules in favour of under-occupied skyscraper apartment blocks and their absentee-owners. The Vauxhall riverside has become the site of central London’s first fatal aircraft crash (2013), and after a dubious ‘consultation’ the 14-year-old Vauxhall Bus Station is to be demolished.
Oh, and Lambeth means to close the award-winning community hub, the Tate South Lambeth Library.
‘Cry God for Harry, England and St. George!’, is the battle-cry of Shakespeare’s King Henry at the Battle of Agincourt (1415).
According to who you speak to, St George, a soldier, was born in what is today’s Palestine or in Turkey about 280 AD. In AD 303 the Romans beheaded St George for opposing the persecution of Christians and refusing to recant his faith. St George’s tomb is at Lod, Israel. Rome ceased to regard St. George as a saint in 1975.
Note these Vauxhall Society/Vauxhall History walks dates in your diary:
22 May and 29 August 2017, 2.30pm sharp from Starbucks, opposite Vauxhall Station
The Heyday of Vauxhall Gardens
All comers welcome. On-the-day donation of £5 to the Friends of Tate South London Library equally welcome.