Chartist meeting, Kennington Common (1848)

Image dated 1848

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On 10 April 1848, William Kilburn took daguerrotypes of the Great Chartist Meeting on Kennington Common – taken from the top of The Horns tavern were the first ever photos of a crowd scene.

William Kilburn opened his portrait studio on London’s Regent Street in 1846. He was commissioned to make daguerreotype portraits of the Royal Family between 1846 and 1852 as the Royal Photographer, and was awarded a prize medal for his photographs at the 1851 Great Exhibition.

The Chartists who took their name from Magna Carta were the first British national working class movement. Their meetings had a carnival-like atmosphere.

Tensions were high on that April morning – there were those who feared that civil strife would break out. Between 6-10 April, extra troops were brought to the capital and the authorities enlisted 170 000 special constables. However, on 10th, instead of the half million expected, only about twenty to thirty thousand Chartists demonstrated, and there was little violence.


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Bruce McTavish   
Added: 11 Mar 2021 11:37 GMT   

Kennington Road
Lambeth North station was opened as Kennington Road and then Westminster Bridge Road before settling on its final name. It has a wonderful Leslie Green design.

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Johna216   
Added: 9 Aug 2017 16:26 GMT   

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I have recently started a web site, the info you provide on this site has helped me greatly. Thank you for all of your time & work. There can be no real freedom without the freedom to fail. by Erich Fromm. eeggefeceefb

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Johnshort   
Added: 7 Oct 2017 21:07 GMT   

Hurley Road, SE11
There were stables in the road mid way - also Danny reading had a coal delivery lorry.

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Robert smitherman   
Added: 23 Aug 2017 11:01 GMT   

Saunders Street, SE11
I was born in a prefab on Saunders street SE11 in the 60’s, when I lived there, the road consisted of a few prefab houses, the road originally ran from Lollard street all the way thru to Fitzalan street. I went back there to have a look back in the early 90’s but all that is left of the road is about 20m of road and the road sign.

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Added: 27 Jul 2021 14:31 GMT   

correction
Chaucer did not write Pilgrims Progress. His stories were called the Canterbury Tales

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sam   
Added: 31 Dec 2021 00:54 GMT   

Burdett Street, SE1
I was on 2nd July 1952, in Burdett chambers (which is also known as Burdett buildings)on Burdett street

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rnorman345@aol.com   
Added: 6 Jul 2021 05:38 GMT   

Wren Road in the 1950s and 60s
Living in Grove Lane I knew Wren Road; my grandfather’s bank, Lloyds, was on the corner; the Scout District had their office in the Congregational Church and the entrance to the back of the Police station with the stables and horses was off it. Now very changed - smile.

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Katharina Logan   
Added: 9 Aug 2022 19:01 GMT   

Ely place existed in name in 1857
On 7th July 1857 John James Chase and Mary Ann Weekes were married at St John the Baptist Hoxton, he of full age and she a minor. Both parties list their place of residence as Ely Place, yet according to other information, this street was not named until 1861. He was a bricklayer, she had no occupation listed, but both were literate and able to sign their names on their marriage certificate.

Source: https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-CSF7-Q9Y7?cc=3734475

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Reginald John Gregory   
Added: 8 Aug 2022 14:07 GMT   

Worked in the vicinity of my ancestor’s house,
Between the years 1982-1998 (unknown to me at the time) I worked in an office close to the site of my ancestors cottage. I discovered this when researching family history - the cottage was mentioned in the 1871 census for Colindeep Lane/Ancient Street coming up from the Hyde. The family lived in the ares betwen 1805 and 1912.

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Barry J. Page   
Added: 27 Jul 2022 19:41 GMT   

Highbury Corner V1 Explosion
Grandma described the V1 explosion at Highbury Corner on many occasions. She was working in the scullery when the flying bomb landed. The blast shattered all the windows in the block of flats and blew off the bolt on her front door. As she looked out the front room window, people in various states of injury and shock were making their way along Highbury Station Road. One man in particular, who was bleeding profusely from glass shard wounds to his neck, insisted in getting home to see if his family was all right. Others were less fortunate. Len, the local newsagent, comforted a man, who had lost both legs caused by the blast, until the victim succumbed to his injuries. The entire area was ravaged and following are statistics. The flying bomb landed during lunch hour (12:46 p.m.) on June 27th 1944. 26 people lost their lives, 84 were seriously injured and 71 slightly injured.

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ANON   
Added: 20 Jul 2022 13:36 GMT   

The Square & Ashmore park
The Square and Ashmore park was the place to be 2000-2005. Those were the greatest times on the estate. everyday people were playing out. the park was full of kids just being kids and having fun, now everyone is grown up and only bump into eachother when heading to the shops or work. I miss the good days( Im 25yrs old as im writing this)

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Spotted here
   
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Map of Thornsett Road Esrlsfield


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Carolyn Hirst   
Added: 16 Jul 2022 15:21 GMT   

Henry James Hirst
My second great grandfather Henry James Hirst was born at 18 New Road on 11 February 1861. He was the eighth of the eleven children of Rowland and Isabella Hirst. I think that this part of New Road was also known at the time as Gloucester Terrace.

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Richard   
Added: 12 Jul 2022 21:36 GMT   

Elgin Crescent, W11
Richard Laitner (1955-1983), a barrister training to be a doctor at UCL, lived here in 1983. He was murdered aged 28 with both his parents after attending his sister’s wedding in Sheffield in 1983. The Richard Laitner Memorial Fund maintains bursaries in his memory at UCL Medical School

Source: Ancestry Library Edition

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Anthony Mckay   
Added: 11 Jul 2022 00:12 GMT   

Bankfield Cottages, Ass House Lane, Harrow Weald
Bankfield Cottages (now demolished) at the end of Ass House Lane, appear twice in ’The Cheaters’ televison series (made 1960) in the episodes ’The Fine Print’ and ’Tine to Kill’

Source: THE CHEATERS: Episode Index

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Archbishop Tenison’s School Archbishop Tenison’s School moved to The Oval in 1928
Chartist meeting, Kennington Common (1848) On 10 April 1848, William Kilburn took daguerrotypes of the Great Chartist Meeting on Kennington Common – taken from the top of The Horns tavern were the first ever photos of a crowd scene.
City Racing City Racing was an artist-run space in Kennington, South London which was active between 1988 and 1998.
Eaves Housing for Women Eaves Housing for Women (Eaves) was a charitable company based in London.
Kennington Park Kennington Park is a public park in Kennington, south London.
Kennington Tollgate The Kennington toll gate stood at the intersection of Kennington Park and Camberwell New Road/Brixton Road.
Ovalhouse Ovalhouse, formerly called Oval House Theatre, is an Off-West End theatre.
St Mark’s Church St Mark’s Church is an Anglican church in Kennington.
Street cricket (1953) Street cricket has been played across London since the rules of the game were formulated.
The Oval The Oval is an international cricket ground in Kennington.

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Aulton Place, SE11 This is a street in the SE11 postcode area
Aveline Street, SE11 Aveline Street is a road in the SE11 postcode area
Babbage Court, SE17 Babbage Court is a block on the Brandon Estate.
Bedser Close, SE11 Bedser Close is named for Alec Bedser, widely regarded as one of the best English cricketers of the 20th century, by association with the nearby Oval Cricket Ground.
Bolton Crescent, SE5 Bolton Crescent lies along the line of a former section of Hillingdon Street.
Bowden Street, SE11 Bowden Street is one of the streets of London in the SE11 postal area.
Bowling Green Street, SE11 Bowling Green Street formerly covered the grounds of a a bowling green leased to the owners of the nearby Horns Tavern.
Braganza Street, SE17 Braganza Street is one of the streets of London in the SE17 postal area.
Camberwell New Road, SE11 Camberwell New Road is a road in the SE11 postcode area
Claylands Place, SW8 Claylands Place is one of the streets of London in the SW8 postal area.
Claylands Road, SW8 Claylands Road is one of the streets of London in the SW8 postal area.
Clayton Street, SE11 Clayton Street is one of the streets of London in the SE11 postal area.
Cleaver Square, SE11 Cleaver Square is one of the streets of London in the SE11 postal area.
Cleaver Street, SE11 Cleaver Street is one of the streets of London in the SE11 postal area.
Cook’s Road, SE17 Cook’s Road is a road in the SE17 postcode area
Cottingham Road, SW8 Cottingham Road is a road in the SW8 postcode area
Courtenay Square, SE11 Courtenay Square is one of a number of local streets with houses built in a neo-Georgian style.
De Laune Street, SE17 De Laune Street is one of the streets of London in the SE17 postal area.
Doddington Grove, SE17 Doddington Grove is a road in the SE17 postcode area
Doddington Place, SE17 A street within the SE17 postcode
Dolland House, SE11 Residential block
Elis Terrace, SE5 Elis Terrace was formerly called Lucas Road.
Farnham Royal, SE11 Farnham Royal is one of the streets of London in the SE11 postal area.
Faunce Street, SE17 Faunce Street is one of the streets of London in the SE17 postal area.
Fleming Road, SE17 Fleming Road is a road in the SE17 postcode area
Forsyth Gardens, SE17 Forsyth Gardens is a road in the SE17 postcode area
Gaza Street, SE17 A street within the SE17 postcode
Hanover Gardens, SE11 Hanover Gardens is a road in the SW8 postcode area
Hanover Gardens, SE11 Hanover Gardens is a road in the SE11 postcode area
Harleyford Street, SE11 Harleyford Street is one of the streets of London in the SE11 postal area.
Harmsworth Street, SE17 Harmsworth Street is one of the streets of London in the SE17 postal area.
Kennington Oval, SE11 Kennington Oval is one of the streets of London in the SE11 postal area.
Kennington Oval, SW8 Kennington Oval is a road in the SW8 postcode area
Kennington Park Gardens, SE17 Kennington Park Gardens is a road in the SE17 postcode area
Kennington Park Place, SE17 Kennington Park Place is a road in the SE17 postcode area
Kennington Park Road, SE11 Kennington Park Road is one of the streets of London in the SE11 postal area.
Kennington Park, SE11 Kennington Park is one of the streets of London in the SE5 postal area.
Laune Street, SE17 A street within the SE17 postcode
Lohmann House, SE11 Lohmann House is a block on Bowling Green Street
Loughborough Street, SE11 Loughborough Street is one of the streets of London in the SE11 postal area.
Maddock Way, SE17 Maddock Way is one of the streets of London in the SE17 postal area.
Magee Street, SE11 Magee Street is a road in the SE11 postcode area
Meadcroft Road, SE17 Meadcroft Road serves the Brandon Estate.
Methley Street, SE11 Methley Street is one of the streets of London in the SE11 postal area.
Milverton Street, SE11 Milverton Street is one of the streets of London in the SE11 postal area.
Montford Place, SE11 Montford Place is one of the streets of London in the SE11 postal area.
Otto Street, SE17 Otto Street is one of the streets of London in the SE17 postal area.
Oval Way, SE11 Oval Way is a road in the SE11 postcode area
Pegasus Place, SE11 Pegasus Place is one of the streets of London in the SE11 postal area.
Prima Road, SW9 Prima Road runs from Clapham Road to Brixton Road and faces St Mark’s Church.
Radcot Street, SE11 Radcot Street is one of the streets of London in the SE11 postal area.
Ravensdon Street, SE11 Ravensdon Street is a road in the SE11 postcode area
Royal Road, SE17 Royal Road is one of the streets of London in the SE17 postal area.
Rutley Close, SE17 A street within the SE17 postcode
Sedley House, SE11 Residential block
Sharsted Street, SE17 This is a street in the SE17 postcode area
Silk Mews, SE11 Silk Mews is a road in the SE11 postcode area
Simpson House, SE11 Residential block
St Agnes Place, SE11 St Agnes Place was once the most famous squatted street in London.
Stannary Place, SE11 Stannary Place is a location in London.
Stannary Street, SE11 Stannary Street is one of the streets of London in the SE11 postal area.
Studios, SE11 Studios is one of the streets of London in the N1 postal area.
Tyers Terrace, SE11 Tyers Terrace is one of the streets of London in the SE11 postal area.
Vauxhall Street, SE11 Vauxhall Street is one of the streets of London in the SE11 postal area.
Westcott Road, SE17 Westcott Road is one of the streets of London in the SE17 postal area.
Windmill Row, SE11 Windmill Row is one of the streets of London in the SE11 postal area.
Wynyard Terrace, SE11 Wynyard Terrace is a road in the SE11 postcode area

NEARBY PUBS
Canterbury arms This pub existed immediately prior to the 2020 global pandemic and may still do so.
Hanover Arms This pub existed immediately prior to the 2020 global pandemic and may still do so.
Horns Tavern The first mention of the Green Man and Horns tavern near Kennington Common was in 1725.
Prince Of Wales This pub existed immediately prior to the 2020 global pandemic and may still do so.
South London Pacific This pub existed immediately prior to the 2020 global pandemic and may still do so.
The Pilgrim This pub existed immediately prior to the 2020 global pandemic and may still do so.
The Roebuck This pub existed immediately prior to the 2020 global pandemic and may still do so.
The royal british legion This pub existed immediately prior to the 2020 global pandemic and may still do so.
The White Bear This pub existed immediately prior to the 2020 global pandemic and may still do so.


Oval

Oval tube station in Kennington is named after The Oval Cricket Ground, which it serves.

The station opened on 18 December 1890 as part of the City & South London Railway. It opened as Kennington Oval, and was designed by Thomas Phillips Figgis with elements of early Arts and Crafts and neo-classical detailing. The structure was made distinctive by a lead-covered dome with cupola lantern and weathervane which housed some of the lift equipment; the main part of the building was of red brick. The station building was rebuilt in the early 1920s when the line was modernised and was refurbished during late 2007/early 2008 at street level with a modern tiling scheme inside and out, giving the station a more modern look. Reflecting its proximity to the cricket ground, the internal decorative tiling features large images of cricketers in various stances.


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