On the Wings of Love? Fugitive marriage in the Georgian era

Tate South Lambeth Library Wednesday 25 May 2016 from 6:30pm Naomi Clifford’s recently published book The Disappearance of Maria Glenn tells the true story of the mystery surrounding the abduction of a teenager in 1817. What seemed a simple newspaper report of elopement gone wrong turns out to be a rollercoaster story of crime, coercion, […]

Monthly guided local history walk: Saturday 7 May 1pm


This month’s guided local history walk starts on Saturday 7th May. Meet 1pm at Oval Farmer’s Market.  The walk is scheduled to take about an hour and will finish near Kennington Park café where there is an event going on – an opportunity to share memories of Kennington Park. This month’s walk will celebrate people – famous and infamous -who […]

Government to investigate Lambeth’s plans for libraries


The Department for Culture Media and Support (DCMS) is to investigate Lambeth’s plan to change some libraries in the borough into ‘healthy living centres.’ The centres would be run by  Greenwich Leisure Limited – a social enterprise which currently runs some of Lambeth’s leisure services. Under the Public Libraries & Museums Act (1964) local authorities are […]

Carnegie and Minet Libraries and Lambeth Archives Closed

Lambeth archives closed

Carnegie and Minet Libraries and Lambeth Archives are now closed as pressure begins to mount on Lambeth Here is a timelapse film showing start of demonstration on Saturday and a brief summary of the “Carnegie Occupation” 31 March Protestors including children occupy Carnegie Library in Herne Hill Lambeth effectively lay siege to the protestors with 6/7 security […]

KOV Forum Public Meeting Thursday 14 April Parks, Libraries, Neighbourhood Plan

KOV Forum Meeting April 2016

Kennington Oval Vauxhall (KOV) Forum hole a number of public meetings each year.  On Thursday 14th April 6:15pm for 6:30pm start at Carmelita Centre, 41 Vauxhall Street Occupation of the Carnegie Library by protestors including children has kept libraries in the  news but the meeting will discuss the wider context of cuts.  The main items […]

Carnegie Protestors in Court today

Brixton bugle

Today Friday April 8th, marks the 9th day of the Carnegie Library Occupation. Lambeth Council has applied for an Interim Possession Order for the Carnegie Library in Herne Hill.  The case will be heard today Laura Swaffield from the National Library Campaign and one of those occupying the library has provided   TVS with the following statement.  “At 1pm the there […]

Kennington Park walk with Rob Patemen

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The Vauxhall Society would like to thank Rob Pateman (author) from Friends of Kennington Park for leading this month’s TVS walk in Kennington Park. Sunny weather welcomed the 20 people who joined the walk. Rob covered the early history of the area from when it was Kennington Common, the Chartists, the subsequent formation of the park, […]

55 Bondway planning application received

A new planning application has just been received relating to a property on Bondway – Vauxhall bus station area – towards the Parry Street end next to the estate agents. 16/00576/FUL – 55 Bondway London SW8 1SJ The application, made by The Vauxhall Trust, states “Demolition of an existing office building at 55 The Bondway […]



Protestors from all over Lambeth are expected to gather at the two libraries under immediate threat of closure; Grade II listed Carnegie Library and Minet Library (home to Lambeth Archives). Minet Library was packed yesterday (Tuesday 29th March) for  Children’s book at bedtime.  Further events are planned today and tomorrow: WEDNESDAY, 30th MARCH Carnegie Library Easter event […]

Kennington Oval ‘Cricketers’ up for redevelopment


Ever wondered what is happening to the Cricketer’s at the back of the Oval? Lambeth has just received a planning application (16/01181/FUL)to develop the site into a 6 storey residential building with commercial ground floor space.  The full description in the application states: “Redevelopment of the site, involving demolition of the existing building and the erection of […]