Come and join me for a history walk down South Lambeth Rd 6 May

St Anne's Church Frontage with BT

St Anne & All Saint’s Church

I am leading a walk down South Lambeth Rd for Vauxhall Society on Wednesday 6 May starting at 12.30pm.

Please meet at the Parco Café on the Fentiman Rd side of Vauxhall Park.

Free. No booking necessary – all welcome

I will discuss:

  • The alliance to create Vauxhall Park
  • The Dutch funding of James I
  • The gardening pioneers Tradescant and Ashmole
  • The Beaufoy vinegar makers, politicians and philantropists
  • Arthur Rackham the illustrator
  • The Gasworkers Vicar at St Anne’s
  • The South Lambeth Debating Society
  • Duse Mohammed Ali, the Edwardian/First World War Moslem journalist;  the birthplace of the Children’s Society
  • Claudia Jones, the West Indian born US exile activist in the growing West Indian community in the 1950s and 60s.
  • The Tate South Lambeth Library
  • The Wheatsheaf Community Hall

The aim is to walk down South Lambeth Rd and cut across to Albert Square and see where the former Marble Roller Skating rink was on the other side of Clapham Rd.

I will have copies of Jon Newman’s mini-book on Price’s Candles £5) and Penny Caulfield’s on Vauxhall Gardens (£5), which I publish, on sale, as well as Jon’s Tradescant walk pamphlet (£3).

 Wheatsheaf Guiness Rogers Stone 1896

Wheatsheaf Foundation Stone

Photos taken by me during project for Stockwell Partnership assessing community buildings (2008)


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 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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