Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens Tour, Talk and Organ Recital 19 November




19 November 2014

5 – 8pm

or concert only from 6.50pm

Come to a special Organ Recital at St Peter’s Church, Vauxhall, a hidden gem of Gothic revival architecture, designed by John Loughborough Pearson in 1863. To celebrate its 150th birthday, the church is holding this concert to assist the TC Lewis Organ appeal to restore one of Britain’s few remaining examples of an original Lewis organ.

The organist is Daniel Moult “one of the finest organists of our time” (The Organ), who will be playing works by Bach, Handel, Mozart, Elgar and Stanford.

Before the recital there will be a tour and talk. The visit commences at 5pm, meeting outside Brunswick House, Bondway, opposite Vauxhall bus station (close by Vauxhall tube station). Brunswick house is now the home of the London Architectural Salvage Company (LASSCO).

The visit includes a talk by historian Penelope Corfield and also a tour of Jonathan Tyers’ house with architectural historian Will Palin. Tyers was the founding impresario of Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens and his house, which retains most of its original Georgian features, is not normally open to the public. (It is now a retreat for C. of E. clergy.)

Tickets cost £40 per person and include:

  • wine and nibbles
  • tour of the church
  • talk by Penelope Corfield on Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens
  • tour of Jonathan Tyer’s house
  • seats in the choir stalls for the organ recital, from 6.50 pm – 8.00pm.


Tickets can be booked via the Georgian Group website ( There is no need to enter a membership number as the site is open.

Alternatively, please phone or e-mail Tina Graham at the Georgian Group at; and tel. 0207 529 8920.

Penny’s pamphlet published by History & Social Action Publications will be on sale.

vauxhall front cover

which is also available £5 + £1p&p from


About seancreighton1947

Since moving to Norbury in July 2011 I have been active on local economy issues with Croydon TUC and Croydon Assembly, and am a member of the latter's Environment Forum. I am a member of the 5 Norbury Residents Associations Joint Planning Committee, and a Governor of Norbury Manor Primary School. I write for Croydon Citizen at I co-ordinate the Samuel Coleridge-Taylor and Croydon Radical History Networks and advise the North East People's 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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