The Royal Doulton Factory in Lambeth

The Royal Doulton Factory building in Lambeth is startling. Now known as Southbank House the building dates from 1876-78, designed by Robert Stark Wilkinson.  The tympanum depicts a seated Henry Doulton showing off his wares to potential buyers, with his two leading artists … Continued

Lambeth Palace, Bradshaw’s Hand Book, no.102

‘From Bethlehem Hospital the road leads direct through Church Street to old Lambeth Church and Palace. To the left are some narrow streets, now traversed by the viaduct of the South Western Railway, and worth looking at as vestiges of the old … Continued

Great St Barts

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I spent a brief hour in this amazing, atmospheric, ancient building – the Priory Church of St Bartholomew the Great, founded in 1123 and probably London’s oldest church, described as ‘..the most important C12 monument in London…’ by Pevsner.

Two churches in Kennington

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While I was in Kennington Park area I also visited two churches close to the Park. St Mark’s Church was built on Kennington Park Road in 1824, one of four churches built to celebrate Wellington’s victory at Waterloo. The church was … Continued

Kennington Common, Bradshaw’s Hand Book (No.101)

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Bradshaw says ‘..The Kennington Road, leading to Kennington Common and the southern suburbs, is a spacious well-inhabited thoroughfare, with some neat squares and terraces adjoining.’ We have visited some of the squares and terraces and today, a dull day in London, … Continued

Kennington Lane, Bradshaw’s Hand Book (No.100)

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Bradshaw says ‘..In Kennington Lane is the Licensed Victuallers’ School, and further on is the principal entrance to Vauxhall Gardens, a favourite place of summer resort from the reign of Charles II to that of Victoria..’.

Courtenay Square & surrounds, Bradshaw’s Hand Book (No.99)

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Kennington Palace was sited north of Kennington Lane in the Manor of Kennington. ‘Edward III gave the manor of Kennington to his oldest son Edward, the Black Prince in 1337, and the prince then built a large royal palace in the triangle formed … Continued

The Kennington Road, Bradshaw’s Hand Book (No.98)

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Bradshaw says ‘..The Kennington Road, leading to Kennington Common and the southern suburbs, is a spacious well-inhabited thoroughfare, with some neat squares and terraces adjoining.’ Today the road is the A23 from Lambeth North Station to the A3 at Kennington Park, … Continued

The Westminster Road, Bradshaw’s Hand Book (No.97)

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Bradshaw takes me to The Westminster Road which runs from St George’s Circus to Westminster Bridge but only picks out one or two sites. For a full investigation please visit the wonderfully amazing Edith’s Streets and see the posts on St George’s Cathedral and the London Necropolis Railway … Continued

Waterloo Station, Bradshaw’s Hand Book (No.96)

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Bradshaw says  ‘Opposite [St John’s Church] are the vast premises forming the London Terminus of the South West Railway.’ The original thinking was to create a rail link between Southampton and London for trade, and the first station opened at Nine Elms in London in … Continued

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