Welcome to Oval History

A website dedicated to the hidden history of SW9 and SW8.

From the moment I moved to this area I became immediately enchanted with it’s history, that which could be seen easily and that which was not so obvious. Searching online, talking to local people and visiting the wonderful Lambeth Archives I discovered that the history of our area is only accessible piecemeal, in fragments scattered all over the internet, in archives and in the streets and buildings themselves.

The aim of this project is to draw it all together and in doing so to bring the past to life. The focus is on the people that once lived here, interesting facts and photographs, maps and curious stories. Oval History is entirely non-profit, completely self funded, and has no advertising or sponsorship, it’s just one person with a passion.  I hope that you find it interesting.  Chris – The Editor.

This website will for now only focus on the history of the area within this map, my aim is to expand this with time.  You can either use the drop down menus at the top of every page to navigate around the site or click directly on the sections below…

 

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7 Responses to

  1. Popple says:

    I love you 😀 xxxx

  2. John Bates says:

    Hi Chris
    I found your “Oval History” website very interesting, as I have been researching my ancestry.
    My Great Great Grand Father John Bates lived in Lambeth in 1851 & 1861 (Census) then at 21 Kennington P Road Southwalk in 1871, later at 33 Clapham Road Lambeth in 1881, possibly with his eight sisters ! he died in Croydon in 1885 where his son John Bates lived age 84. (He was a furniture dealer)
    What interests me most is Issac Bates of Kennington, brickmaker, mentioned in your Nos 35-41.
    Do you know anything more about him ? or about number 33 ?
    Regards John Bates

  3. Josephine kier says:

    Well done for putting all of this together! Fascinating 🙂

  4. Tom Dow says:

    I lived on Dorset Road, the flats, delivered papers for Sid Newton, the newsagent. Attended Kennington Secondary, 1950-until the Christmas of 52.
    Somewhere in the vicinity there was a girls school. I think the name was East or West Lawn and I was hoping for information in regards to any girl who attended that school in the early fifties.

  5. Robin Stevens says:

    Kay Stiff, I hope you are this as I replied to yourr comments under Clapham Road.

  6. Richard Smith says:

    The school was lawn lane at vauxhaul

  7. Colin Gianella says:

    I find your website very interesting. I was born just off Mostyn road in 1944 at the last knocking of WW2. The little road I lived in was Eskdale Villas and only has 7 houses in it before it turned into St Lawrence road. I lived in No1, right opposite Mostyn Road Methodist Church. Sadly it’s all been redeveloped now so I can’t revisit my old stomping ground. Eskdale Villas never appeared on any maps therefore difficult to locate. Almost like it didn’t exist ! I should love to hear from anyone who remembers anything of the area.

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