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Posted by Kim Winter, Monday 26th September, 2011

History walks with Lambeth archivists

House and gardens in Brockwell Park

Talking of Lambeth Archives, you may be interested in the history walks being organised throughout October through Lambeth's parks.

Each walk will be accompanied by an archivist - a great chance for you to discover something about the history of the parks. The walks are circular, last one hour and will be carried out at a gentle place with plenty of pauses to share information.

Kennington Park 
One of Lambeth’s ancient commons and site of executions until 1799, it was a gathering point for what might have been the greatest political march on Parliament by the Chartists in 1848.

Date: Monday 3 October
Meet: In front of St Marks Church, Clapham Road

Ruskin Park 
Saved from a speculative builder by a campaigning group of wealthy German local residents who preserved a landscape that had previously inspired both the writer and artist John Ruskin and the composer Felix Mendelssohn.

Date: Tuesday 4 October
Time: 11am
Meet: Denmark Hill/Ferndene Road gate.

Vauxhall Park
This was once a part of the grounds of the Dutch ambassador to Elizabeth I, and later the home of Henry Fawcett, the Victorian Postmaster General.

Date: Monday 24 October
Time: 11am
Meet: Outside Caron Almshouses, Fentiman Road

Brockwell Park 
Date: Thursday 27 October
Time: 11am
Meet: Herne Hill gate