South-West London history talks & walks

Monday 22 May. 2.30pm. Vauxhall Gardens history walk


David Coke, co-author with Alan Borg of Vauxhall Gardens: A History, will lead ‘The Heyday of Vauxhall Gardens’, a Vauxhall Society guided walk, on Monday 22 May. The walk marks the traditional seasonal opening date of this world-famous open-air attraction.

Meet a bit earlier than 2.30pm  outside Starbucks, Vauxhall Station.

All welcome, contribution of £5 to The Friends of the Tate South Lambeth Library welcomed.

Saturday 27 May – Sunday 11 June.  

Wandsworth Heritage Festival

This year’s festival features talks, walks, workshops, and exhibitions celebrating the heritage of our borough. Many events highlight Wandsworth’s rich industrial past, covering topics such as the railway and how it came to transform and define the borough and its occupants; the marks left by industry on the landscape and the river; and the fate of industrial sites and buildings no longer in use.

The full programme can be seen here:


Events include:

Saturday 27 May. 2pm. Battersea High Street Historical Walk

I will be leading this walk for Battersea Society. Meet on the steps of St Mary’s Church. Battersea Church Road, SW11 3EN.

Tuesday 30 May. 8pm. Battersea Nocturne

Jon Newman will lead this walk among today’s ‘landmark’ buildings of
Battersea’s riverside, looking for evidence of earlier industrial landmarks which
dominate James Whistler’s paintings and etchings from the 1870s and 1880s.

Meet beside Whistler statue, north side of Battersea Bridge SW3
£8 (includes pamphlet: ‘James Whistler’s Battersea’)

Please book your place:

Wednesday  31 May. 6pm.  Boom Time – The Social Impact of the Industrial Revolution in Wandsworth and Battersea  

Battersea  Arts Centre Town Hall Talk. FREE but early booking is advised as space is limited.

Thursday 1 June. 7.15pm. The Wandsworth Area as 18th Century Powerhouse

The Wandsworth area was an economic and political powerhouse during the long 18th Century.  In this talk I will examine aspects of this, including the Huguenots, the networks, the Clapham Sect and the Pitt Government.

Wandsworth Town Library, 11 Garratt Lane SW18 4AQ.

Free. No booking required.

Saturday 3 & Sunday 4 June. 10am-5pm (closed 1-2pm). Exhibition Wandsworth Prison Museum

The newly re-opened museum has displays on the prison’s 166-year history & some of its famous residents.

Free. No booking required.

North Gate Car Park, Heathfield Road, SW18 3HR

Saturday 3 June. 2pm. Tooting Common Walk

Led by Janet Smith & Tooting History Group

Meet at the corner of Tooting Bec Road/Dr Johnson Avenue.

£6 – proceeds to THG. To book in advance go to

Monday 5 June. 7pm. Industries of Wandsworth, Battersea & Putney

Dorian Gerhold examines the borough’s varied industries from medieval times to the present.

Putney Society event at Community Church, Werter Road, SW15 2LL

£3. Pay on the door. No booking required.

Monday 5 June. 8pm. Bygone Streatham. A Lost Corner of Wandsworth

Talk by John Brown for Streatham Society.

Woodlawns, 16 Leigham Court Road SW16 2JP

Thursday 8 June . 7 for 7.30pm. Living Between the Lines.
How the railways shaped Battersea

Find out why Wandsworth Common is one of the most dissected pieces of open space in London, or why three sets of railway lines converge at Queenstown Road. Talk by Dr Sue Demont’s talk on how the railways transformed the Borough.

Battersea Society, St Mary’s Church, £5 on the door (includes glass of wine or soft drink)

Other Events and News

Sunday 18 June. 2-4pm. The War Comes Home

A new project aimed at raising awareness of the Civilian War Memorial in Christchurch Gardens, Cabul Road, Battersea, is being launched with a 1940s-themed tea-party on  event, organised with the help of the Battersea Society and other local groups. Opportunity for people to share their own or their family’s memories of living through the Blitz in Battersea. There will also be a quiz, a singsong and a selection of typical wartime food.

The Grade-II listed memorial commemorates around 500 local civilians who lost their lives in WW2.

Book your free ticket through by emailing

Friday 30 June. 8pm. Wandsworth Historical Society AGM and Talk on Putney Debates

The talk will be by Dorian Gerhold.

Friends’ Meeting House, Wandsworth High St.

Tooting Common Heritage Project seeks extra volunteers

The Project is looking for volunteers to continue doing research on the history of Tooting Common.  For more information and to volunteer, please contact Susanna Kryuchenkova at

Lambeth Local History Forum walks 2017-2018

The new leaflet has just been published and you can download your PDF copy here.


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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