St George’s Day Vauxhall riverside history walk: Sunday 23 April

I will be leading this walk.

From Vauxhall Society website:

Free, all welcome.

Leaving 10.30am sharp from Tate South Lambeth Library, 180 South Lambeth Road, London SW8 1QP.  Lasts an hour or so.

Your guide: Sean Creighton, local blogger, community activist, historian and publisher.

This walk is a Friends of Tate South Lambeth Library event, in association with The Vauxhall Society/, and is part of English Heritage’s dual celebration of the birthday of the England’s national bard, Shakespeare (26 April) as well as of St. George’s Day, 23 April, feast day of the patron saint of England.

This walk will centre on the St George Wharf/ MI6 stretch of the Vauxhall riverside and cover local history, past and present, in particular the question of local identity.

Labour and Conservative Mayors of London as well as Lambeth councillors have junked local ‘affordable property’ rules in favour of under-occupied skyscraper apartment blocks and their absentee-owners. The Vauxhall riverside has become the site of central London’s first fatal aircraft crash (2013), and after a dubious ‘consultation’ the 14-year-old Vauxhall Bus Station is to be demolished.

Oh, and Lambeth means to close the award-winning community hub, the Tate South Lambeth Library.

‘Cry God for Harry, England and St. George!’, is the battle-cry of Shakespeare’s King Henry at the Battle of Agincourt (1415).

According to who you speak to, St George, a soldier, was born in what is today’s Palestine or in Turkey about 280 AD. In AD 303 the Romans beheaded St George for opposing the persecution of Christians and refusing to recant his faith. St George’s tomb is at Lod, Israel. Rome ceased to regard St. George as a saint in 1975.

Note these Vauxhall Society/Vauxhall History walks dates in your diary:

22 May and 29 August 2017, 2.30pm sharp from Starbucks, opposite Vauxhall Station

The Heyday of Vauxhall Gardens

All comers welcome. On-the-day donation of £5 to the Friends of Tate South London Library equally welcome.


St George 17 Poster 2nd run

Running Order St George 2017 Sat

Running Order St George 2017 Sun

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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