Lambeth & Wandsworth Events & News at 7 September 

To end of September. Lambeth Heritage Festival 

For the full month-long programme go to the library or to

The Festival includes: 

Saturday 26 September. 10am-5pm Lambeth Local Archives Open Day

Full programme of talks and local history groups’ stalls, as part of Lambeth Heritage Festival. I will be running a stall at it. Lambeth Archives, 52 Knatchbull Road, London, SE5 9QY. Full details at  

Monday 14 September. 7pm. Lambeth Council Cabinet on Local Plan 

The Cabinet was expected to consider the outcome of the consultation on the future of cultural services. This is not now going to happen. Instead the meeting will consider: the Lambeth Local Plan; a new supplementary planning document on house alterations and extensions; a revised statement on Community Involvement. There is also a highly critical report from the Oversight & Scrutiny Committee the consultation methods used over the proposed replacement of the Cressingham Gdns Estate. The papers can be accessed at

October. Wandsworth Diversity Month

Highlights include:

Monday 5 October: Nick Draper on slave owners of Wandsworth

Friday 9 October: Kathy Chater on Black Victorians

Tuesday 13 October: Kwaku on 2000 years of British Black Music

Monday 19 October: Katherine Hall on legacies of British Slave ownership. Full details in brochure here:  

Tuesday 13 October. 12.30pm. Vauxhall and Kennington’s Creative Industries Walk.

I will be leading this walk for Vauxhall Society. Meet at columns at entrance to Vauxhall Pleasure Gdns by Royal Vauxhall Tavern.

Monday 19 October. 6.45 for 7.15pm. Meet Allan Wilmot

Allan is a 90 year old Caribbean author and Lambeth resident who volunteered for the Royal Navy and RAF in World War II and then had a unique career as an entertainer in the rhythm and blues group The Southlanders. In conversation with Mr Arthur Torrington of the Equiano Society and Windrush Foundation, Allan will give an illustrated talk on his new book ‘Now You Know’. Friends of Durning Library.  Light refreshments. Everyone welcome. No admission charge, but a £2 donation. 167 Kennington Lane (Kennington Cross).

Monday 16 November. 6.45 for 7.15pm. The Duchy of Cornwall’s estate in Kennington

Nicholas Long, author of the Kennington chapter in the book celebrating the Duchy’s 650th anniversary, gives an illustrated talk on the Duchy’s involvement in The Manor of Kennington Estate, particularly the architecture of buildings by Adshead & Ramsey, John Duke Coleridge and Louis de Soissons. Friends of Durning Library.  Light refreshments. Everyone welcome. No admission charge, but a £2 donation. 167 Kennington Lane (Kennington Cross).

Saving Lambeth Libraries and Local Archives

Unless the Cabinet backtracks in the forthcoming report on the future of Lambeth’s cultural services several libraries will be closed or their future put under threat if proposed community control does not work. A petition to save the libraries is being run at

I have signed on the basis that as someone who worked in Lambeth in various capacities between 1976 and 2012 and as a historian of aspects of the Borough I have deposited material with Local Archives, the future of which is under threat if the Minet Library is closed. My comments on the original Library consultation in 2012 can be seen at

Clapham Common 1914

New Old Ordnance Survey map from Alan Godfrey. See details and to order:

‘Lord Clapham’

John O’Farrell, former Battersea Labour activist, and author of Things Can Only Get Better, who lives in Clapham writes in the September issue of the Clapham Society newsletter:

As far as I know there has never been a ‘Lord Clapham’ – but since I like to smuggle Clapham into my writing I invented a ‘Lord Clapham’ for a character in a Broadway musical I have just co-written, now playing at the St James’ Theatre in New York (and recently nominated for 10 Tony Awards). Something Rotten is set in Tudor

London and follows the fortune of two playwrights struggling in Shakespeare’s shadow. Lord Clapham is their patron who is horrified by their idea of writing the first ever musical. The part is played by the American actor Peter Bartlett who by pure coincidence lived in Clapham in the 1960s when he was a student at LAMDA.’ See also:


John’s tongue in cheek discussion of the Labour leadership election is at

About seancreighton1947

I have lived in Norbury since July 2011. I blog on Croydon, Norbury and history events,news and issues. I have been active on local economy, housing and environment issues with Croydon TUC and Croydon Assembly. I have submitted views to Council Committees and gave evidence against the Whitgift Centre CPO and to the Local Plan Inquiry. I am a member of Norbury Village Residents Association and Chair of Norbury Community Land Trust, and represent both on the Love Norbury community organisations partnership Committee. I used to write for the former web/print Croydon Citizen. I co-ordinate the Samuel Coleridge-Taylor and Croydon Radical History Networks and edit the North East Popular Politics history database. 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, radical and suffrage movements, 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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