Lambeth & Wandsworth History Events to 20 October

Tuesday 13 September. 7.30pm. Wandsworth Prison: the Inside Story

Talk by Stewart McLaughlin, Prison Officer and Local Historian Tooting History Group Meeting.

United Reformed Church, Rookstone Road, SW17.

Tooting Local History Group. Non-members £2.

Monday 19 September. 6.45 for 7.15pm. North Lambeth: People & Legacy

Talk by Michael Keane on people from Romans to the present day who lived, worked or had a lasting impact here: Charlie Chaplin, Tate, Elias Ashmole, John Tradescant, Sharwood, Claudia Jones, Henry Fawcett, Marjorie Porter and William Blake, Eric Gill, Laurence Pomeroy.

Friends of Durning Library. Part of Lambeth Heritage Festival. Durning Library, 167 Kennington Lane, SE11 4HF.

Tuesday 20 September. 7pm. Clapham’s Radical and Mutual Past

I will be giving a talk about Clapham’s involvements in radical, labour and socialist politics as well as mutual organisation in friendly societies and trade unions in the 19th and early 20th centuries as part of Lambeth Heritage Festival.

Clapham Library, Mary Seacole Centre, 91 Clapham High St, SW4 7DB

For full Festival programme see

where you can download the full programme. Here are some

Thursday 22 – Saturday 24 September. 7pm – 11pm. Waterloo – The Ladies Bridge

Yes Waterloo was re-built by women in the 2nd World War.

The little known history of Waterloo Bridge (aka The Ladies Bridge) will be celebrated with live performances, film and large scale photographic projections by Karen Livesey and Concrete History on the National Theatre’s fly tower of trail-blazing female construction workers who re-built the bridge during World War II.

See , including video.

Friday 30 September. 8pm. Henry Smith – 17th century man of business, moneylender and philanthropist

Talk by Lucy Lethbridge for Wandsworth Historical Society.

Friends’ Meeting House, Wandsworth High Street, opposite the Town Hall, SW18.

Thursday 20 October. 7 for 7.30pm. Morgan Crucible – an enduring Battersea landmark
Talk by Jon Newman, Lambeth archivist and historian will, relate how, although demolished almost 40 years ago, the functional factory manufacturing specialist products for the metallurgy industry inadvertently became an icon of English art through the works of James Whistler. One version of his large oil studies of the factory called ‘Nocturnes’, hangs in art collections around the world, including one that adorns the walls of the White House.

St Mary’s Church, Battersea Church Road, SW11 3EN.
£5 (on door)

Jon will also discuss the development of industry in general and Prices and the similarities between the two businesses.

Jon will be selling his new book on the history of the River Effra:


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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