From Vauxhall Pleasure Gdns to Vice in FWW – Friends of Durning Library talks

Monday 8 December:  Christmas party and “Visions of Vauxhall”Our usual extras (more food, good raffle).  And did you know there was a fireworks tower on the site of Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens?  150 years ago it burned down, and a very fine church rose up:  St Peter’s, Vauxhall.  An eclectic bunch of locals, from teenagers to 97-year-olds and nuns to cabaret artists, have written a book to celebrate.

Vicar Alison Kennedy and Tim Clifford tell how.

Monday 19 January:  “Johan Zoffany RA and ‘The Sayer Family’ – a masterpiece of conversation”  

Local writer and historian David Wilson FSA introduces his ground-breaking new book about a leading Richmond family of the latter 18th century.  He tells their story through one of the finest ‘conversation pieces’ by the great Georgian painter Johan Zoffany.  This is a story of artistic supremacy and commercial success, family dynasty, topographical and architectural splendour, and two British kings.  Signed copies at a special price.

Monday 16 February:  ” ‘A Centre of Vice’: Prostitution in Lambeth in the First World War”

Professor Jerry White talks on one of the great anxieties of the military and civilian authorities in London during the First World War: the apparent sudden rise in the number of prostitutes in London battening on soldiers from Britain and the colonies.  Much concern centred on the Waterloo Road area, long a byword for street prostitution in London.  Were these anxieties real or imagined?

6.45 for 7.15pm 

Light refreshments. Everyone welcome No admission charge, but a £2 donation towards costs is invited.

Friends of Durning Library

167 Kennington Lane (Kennington Cross), SE11


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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