Saturday 2 September. 10.30-4.30pm
This, the first Lambeth Local History Fair, will be held in St Leonard’s church, the ancient parish church of Streatham and still, despite several rebuilds, the oldest building in Streatham. The day will offer illustrated talks, tours of the crypt and churchyard, society stands, bookstalls, exhibitions and refreshments. The Fair will be a coming-together of local
knowledge and expertise: dozens of local societies, heritage organisations, Friends groups and local history publishers will be running stalls through the day and will be happy to share information and advice.
Stalls include history publications stall run by Norbury Watch editor Sean Creighton.
11.00 A tour of St Leonard’s church: including monuments pre-dating the 1975 fire, post-fire additions and the medieval tower. Led by Graham Gower of the Streatham Society. Meet beneath the tower by the church entrance
11.30 Our Herbal Heritage, a botanical walk through Streatham churchyard looking at the surprising number of wild species that thrive here. Members of the South London Botanical Institute have been recording plants here since 2008 and its president, Roy Vickery, will introduce some of these and discuss their former uses. Meet beneath the tower by the church entrance
12.00 The River Thames, another Perspective, a talk by Dr. Fiona Haughey, Director of the Archaeology on the Thames Project, which will look beyond the commercial and modern view of London’s river to another, more mysterious and spiritual aspect of the Thames and its tributaries, from prehistory to modern day, and focusing on the recent excavations at Vauxhall. In the church
12.30 A tour of the church crypt, built in 1831 and still housing many of the dead of Streatham, covering its origin and history and looking at the various family vaults to be seen, such as that of the Thrale family. Led by John Brown of the Streatham Society. Meet beneath the tower by the church entrance
2.00 St Leonard’s church, past, present and future, a talk by John Brown of the Streatham Society on the history of Streatham’s ancient parish church. In the church
2.30 A tour of St Leonard’s church: including monuments pre-dating the 1975 fire, post-fire additions and the medieval tower. Led by Graham Gower of the Streatham Society. Meet beneath the tower by the church entrance
3.30 Death on the Brighton Road, a talk by Jon Newman of Lambeth Archives about the history of the multiple gibbets, gallows and execution sites to be found along the course of the A23 between Kennington and Croydon and the fates of some of the thousands who died there. In the church
3.45 A tour of Streatham churchyard focusing on the graves of well-known figures such as the pre-Raphaelite artist William Dyce, Garrard the crown jeweller, Trollope the builder and others. Led by John Brown of the Streatham Society. Meet beneath the tower by the church entrance
Tours and walks will last approximately 45 minutes. Talks will last one hour.
Refreshments will be on sale throughout the day
The day starts the month long Streatham Heritage Festival.
Festival full programme is here