History in Lambeth and Wandsworth During Covid-19 Crisis and Beyond

Wandsworth Historical Society Publications Special Offer

WHS, which has shut down its meetings, has a special offer from its back catalogue of publications for those who would like to catch up on publications they may have missed – please see the attached flyer on how to access, download and only pay a modest price for these.

WHS pdfs special offer (1)

Wandsworth Heritage Service

WHS is closed. There are  online resources available on its – archive catalogues, family history and heritage resources, Tooting Common Heritage Project and an image collection – much to explore if you haven’t done so before.


History & Social Action Publications on Wandsworth

History & Social Action Publications is my publishing imprint. I have the following titles relevant to Wandsworth for sale.

Terence Chapman. Caroline Ganley

This biography was published  in 2018 to be available at the unveiling of the plaque to Caroline Ganley, the socialist Labour activist on family health care, leading London co-operator, member of Battersea Borough Council and London County Council and MP for Battersea South 1945-51.  As well as being a full biographical account it contains Appendices of documents. £8



Jon Newman. Battersea’s Global Reach. The Story of Price’s Candles. Special crisis price of £3 (normally £5)

Sean Creighton. From Exclusion to Political Control. Radical and Working Class Organisation in Battersea 1830s -1918. £2

Sean Creighton. Battersea Women’s Activism 1890s -1914. £2

Sean Creighton. Railwaymen and Brunswick House. £1

You can also read my Alternative Tooting Rambles at:


Putney Bridge 1894 Ordnance Survey Map

I also have copies of the Alan Godfrey Old Ordnance Survey Map of Putney Bridge 1894 at the special price of £1.

To order please email me at sean.creighton1947@btinternet.com

Kennington Park Chartist walk, Saturday 4 April. 2.30pm

Marietta Crichton Stuart of Friends of Kennington Park will lead a walk around the park to commemorate the 172nd anniversary of the great Chartist Rally, which took place on Kennington Common on April 10th, 1848.  Unless cancelled  will lead a e will talk about the events leading up to the rally, and what happened on the day. Meet at 2.30pm in the park outside Prince Consort Lodge (Trees for Cities).

To check if the decision is taken to cancel the walk go to www.kenningtonpark.org/news

You can read about the Friends Kennington1848 project in its two publications: Our Story & Another Look. See:


My Lambeth Publications

My pamphlets on Lambeth history can be ordered as well:

Kennington Common 10 April 848. Chartism in Lambeth – an introduction. £2

Lambeth Radicalism before Chartism. £4

Lambeth History. Collection of Miscellaneous Notes. £1

Organising Together in Lambeth. A Historical Review of Co-operative and Mutual Social Action. £2

Railwaymen and Brunswick House. £1

Order from me at sean.creighton1947@btinternet.com

You can also read my three parter on Radical Clapham at


Jon Newman Lambeth Pamphlets

I have also for sale Jon’s

River Effra. South London’s secret spine. £10

Death on the Brighton Rd. About executions from Kennington to Croydon. £10

And his

South London Walks: Lost in Herne Hill and Lovely Lambeth £6 each.

Order from me at sean.creighton1947@btinternet.com

Arrangements for the 2020 Lambeth Heritage Festival

This coming year’s festival will run throughout September starting with Lambeth Local History Fair, on Saturday 5  September at St Mark’s Church, Kennington.

Lambeth Archives, working with the Lambeth Local History Forum and others will be putting together the programme of events across the month. As usual there will be no single theme. The organisers welcome suggestions and offers that cover any aspect of the history and heritage of Lambeth and of its diverse communities and institutions.  Alongside more traditional offerings such as talks, guided walks, film screenings, exhibitions and tours, they particularly welcome events that make imaginative use of technology or of different media as well as activities that are targeted at children and young people.

If you have something that you would like to contribute, then for it to be included in the brochure they will need to have full details before Monday 1 June 2020: a title, date, time, venue, 50 words of description and, ideally, a photograph. If your audience needs to book tickets, if there is any charge for your event or any particular access or audience requirements, then they will require that information too. Please email these details to Jon Newman (Lambeth Archives) at archives@lambeth.gov.uk

Please also feel free to discuss any ideas or possibilities before that.

As usual I will be running a bookstall at the Fair. I have offered to give a talk at it as well. I can also do talks and walks for other organisations, including the Libraries, if they want to use me. I can be contacted at sean.creighton1947@bt.con; 020 8764 4301

Healing the Hurts of Capitalism:

From Isolation to Connection

This book by Tooting Bec based Micheline Mason with Alan Sprung has been commended by Ken Loach.

‘Does a for-profit society damage our humanity to the extent we cannot save ourselves? Can simple human connection be the answer? The authors explain why they think it is, and how to do it. How do we break old habits and routines that stop us making progress? In organising politically, how do we escape ways of doing things that are either self-defeating or out of date? Those involved in radical politics frequently put their heads in their hands in despair as old habits die hard – too often they are as destructive as ever. Or attempts to break the mould seem as eccentric and counter-productive as the patterns they would replace. It seems that we are on rails, travelling to a destination that has already been determined. How to escape? Let’s open the book and see what Micheline and Alan suggest …’


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 http://thecroydoncitizen.com. 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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