Vauxhall/Nine Elms Walk 19 November

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From Vauxhall Society website

This Saturday at 2pm I am leading a walk for Vauxhall Society

Vauxhall/Nine Elms

Meet outside Brunswick House, 30 Wandsworth Road SW8 2LG

Nine Elms, where Vauxhall the border territory whether Vauxhall meets Wandsworth and massive social and environmental change is under way.

This is the third major phase of change since 1838 when the new Southampton-London railway terminated here, later continuing to Waterloo.

Hear how Nine Elms develops into a massive complex for handling goods and for building and repairing locomotives, the formation of what is now RMT (Rail and Maritime Union). The end of Nine Elms as a railway centre opens up a new phase of development, as roads are reshaped and New Covent Garden Market emerges. Brunswick House, a Georgian mansion once a ducal residence, becomes first a railwaymen’s club, then a wreck, an architectural salvage yard, and now a smart restaurant, meeting place and antique shop.

 

Walk starts at 2pm prompt and lasts about 1½ hours. Free but £5 contribution to Vauxhall Society funds welcomed.

I will also be selling publications on Vauxhall Pleasure Gdns, Price’s Candles, Raolwaymen and Brunswick House, John Archer and the history of collective action in Lambeth.

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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 http://thecroydoncitizen.com. 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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