History Activities in Battersea, Lambeth & Wandsworth September & October


Updated 25 September

Lambeth Heritage Festival.

Throughout September. Full details at


It includes Lamberth Archives Open Day on Satusay 27 September. I will be running a bookstall at it.

Summerstown 182 Walk

Saturday 6  September. 2pm

Walk in memory of those fallen in the First World War.

Researchers have been busy investigating the 182 names on the war memorial at St Mary’s Church, Summerstown. What they have discovered can be found on:


Meet at St  Mary’s Church, Keble Street, Summerstown.

Remembering Tooting Shops

Tuesday  9 September,. 7.30pm.

Angela Cornes will give an, informal, illustrated talk based on memories which have been shared on group Facebook page.

Tooting History Group, United Reform Church, Rookstone Road, SW17.

All welcome! Afterwards there should be time to hear additional contributions and comments from the audience – photos welcome.

Putney’s Historic Riverside 

Saturday 13 September. 11 am – 2 pm.

Wandsworth Historical Society walks to explore its history and archaeology:

Walks along the embankment at 11.15 am and 12.15 pm led by Dorian Gerhold

Foreshore walk at 1 pm led by Pamela Greenwood

Meet at the piazza at far end of Brewhouse Lane, Putney SW15. No need to book – just come along at the times given above.

Please wear sturdy and/or waterproof footwear for the foreshore tour.

Nine Elms Walk

Saturday 20 September. 1pm. Guided walk with local architect Chris Law from Vauxhall One focusing on the regeneration of Nine Elms on the South Bank. The walk includes a talk on the history of Vauxhall and provides an insider look at progress on new landmark developments. Meet at Tea House Theatre, 139 Vauxhall Walk, Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens, SE11 5HL for refreshments & introductory talk; tour begins 2pm. Duration approx. 2 hour

Larkhall Lane Area Walk

Sunday 21 September

Clapham Society walk led by Anne around the Larkhall area of northern Clapham, following the

medieval route of Larkhall Lane past the probable site of the Old Larkhall tavern to Larkhall Park and ‘The Surprise’. Meet at Wandsworth Road Station at 3 pm.

Zeppelin Nights: London in the First World War

Talk by Jerry White, historian and author

WHS Monthly Meeting Friday 26 September. 8 pm

Friends’ Meeting House in Wandsworth High Street, opposite the Town Hall.

For details of forthcoming meetings and more, see also WHS website, http://www.wandsworthhistory.org.uk

Summerstown 182 Walk

Saturday 27 September. 2 pm

As 6 September above.

Nine Elms Walk

Saturday 27 September. 11am. Led by Battersea Survey author Colin Thom and Battersea Power Station Community group. Lunch at Masons Arms. £10 for tour.

Wandle Heritage Walk

28 September. 2pm.  Wandsworth Town Station, Booking Essential with The Building Exploratory. Booking essential.  nicole@buildingexploratory.org.uk


16 October, 7pm for 7.30   £7.00

A talk by local historian & writer Simon McNeill-Ritchie

At the outbreak of war in August 1914, the Royal Victoria Patriotic School on Wandsworth Common was commandeered by the Territorial Army and converted into one of the four ‘Great’ war hospitals in London. Over 52,000 men were treated there until it closed in 1919.

In 1915, the patients and staff were given permission to publish The Gazette, a monthly journal of articles, sketches and poems, to raise funds for the soldiers’ ‘Comforts’.  Simon, a former British diplomat and local resident, has compiled a collection of some 40 of the poems and added brief notes on the repatriation of the wounded from the Front.  He will be donating 50% of the proceeds to SSAFA, the military charity supporting service personnel and their families.

Wandsworth Museum 38 West Hill Wandsworth SW18 1RX

The Nigerian centenary: 100 degrees and rising? A voice from the diaspora.

Monday 20 October. 8pm.

In 2014, Nigeria commemorates its centenary. With its name inspired by the principal West African waterway, the River Niger, today Nigeria stands at a volatile cusp of change. Onyekachi Wambu – a specialist in print as well as broadcast media and former Clapham resident – will provide a historical account of Nigeria’s cultural, political and socio economic development since 1914. He will also explore the importance of the Nigerian-British diaspora in shaping the country’s future. Clapham Society. Omnibus, 1 Clapham Common North Side, SW4 0QW.

Battersea and Wandsworth’s Big Society in the First World War

Talk by Sean Creighton at Battersea Society.

Thursday 23 October. 7 for 7.30 pm

Talk will be about how the civic organisations and volunteers worked with local authorities on a wide range of fundraising and social welfare programmes during WW1.

£5 charge.

St Mary’s Parish Church, Battersea Church Road SW11 3EN. For details visit the website: http://www.batterseasociety.org.uk 

About seancreighton1947

Since moving to Norbury in July 2011 I have been active on local economy, housing and environment issues with Croydon TUC and Croydon Assembly. I am a member of the Love Norbury Residents Associations Planning & Transport Committees, and Chair of Nobury Community Land Trust. I write for Croydon Citizen at http://thecroydoncitizen.com. I co-ordinate the Samuel Coleridge-Taylor and Croydon Radical History Networks and edit the North East Popular Politics database. History Project.. I give history talks and lead history walks. I retired in 2012 having worked in the community/voluntary sector and on heritage projects. My history interests include labour movement, mutuality, Black British, slavery & abolition, Edwardian roller skating and the social and political use of music and song. I have a particular interest in the histories of Battersea and Wandsworth, Croydon and Lambeth. I have a publishing imprint History & Social Action Publications.
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