Monday, 5 December 2016

Southwark historian Stephen Humphrey passes away - Southwark News

Southwark historian Stephen Humphrey passes away - Southwark News

Southwark mourns the death of historian and borough archivist Stephen Humphrey - London News Online

Southwark mourns the death of historian and borough archivist Stephen Humphrey - London News Online

Tuesday, 15 November 2016

Beefeater Gin stages speakeasy experience

Beefeater Gin stages speakeasy experience
Chivas Brothers brand Beefeater London Dry is turning its distillery visitor centre in Kennington, London into a poetry-themed speakeasy. Beefeater: London ...

Acclaimed Kennington eatery to close as plummeting pound pushes up fish imports - Southwark News

Acclaimed Kennington eatery to close as plummeting pound pushes up fish imports - Southwark News
An acclaimed Kennington eatery has announced it will soon close, because the falling value of the pound has made its produce too expensive. ... 

Tuesday, 8 November 2016

Remembrance Day services in South London - venues and times... - London News Online

Remembrance Day services in South London - venues and times... - London News Online
... Kennington Park War Memorial (procession from St Mary’s Newington Church, Kennington Park Road, Newington Butts, SE11 at 10.30am to Kennington Park, SE11).
Time: 11.00am.
 ...

Northern Line extension from Kennington to Battersea ‘halfway there’ - Southwark News

Northern Line extension from Kennington to Battersea ‘halfway there’ - Southwark News
London Assembly member was given a tour of the newly-dug tunnels below Kennington Park ... 
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London Assembly member Florence Eshalomi on a tour of the new tunnels under Kennington
Work on the two-mile Northern Line extension linking Kennington with new stations in Nine Elms and Battersea is “half-way” to completion in 2020.
London Assembly member for Lambeth and Southwark, Florence Eshalomi, was last week given a tour of the newly-dug tunnels 25 metres below Kennington. ... “We were right under Kennington Park Road, where they’ve got the cladding in place in Kennington Park.” ... 
London Underground’s Martin Gosling, head of the Northern line extension, told Global Rail News: “The tunnelling works at Kennington represent a significant milestone in the construction of the Northern Line Extension which will bring Battersea and surrounding areas to within fifteen minutes of the West End and City.” ...

FoDL : Chris Mullin talks about Hinterland – Monday, 21 November

What’s on | Friends of Durning Library

Chris Mullin talks about Hinterland – Monday, 21 November

“Hinterland — a memoir”. Chris Mullin, author, journalist and former Labour minister, discusses his new book.  The author of three widely acclaimed volumes of diaries and the novel A Very British Coup, the television version of which won several BAFTAs and an Emmy. His investigation into the Birmingham pub bombings has been described as ‘one of the greatest feats ever achieved by an investigative reporter’.
mullins-hinterland
6.45 for 7.15pm at the Durning Library.  Light refreshments. Everyone welcome. No admission charge, but a £2 donation towards costs is invited.
Winter party – Monday, 12 December
6.45 for 7.15pm at the Durning Library. More details to follow.

Saturday, 29 October 2016

GIDEON HAIGH: Stroke of Genius – an extract | The Roar

GIDEON HAIGH: Stroke of Genius – an extract | The Roar
... The Oval was a location pregnant with meaning: the venue where Australians had made a fortune in 1878, lost a great Test in 1880, and won a great Test in 1882; the home of one of the county clubs that had recently sought to recruit Trumper. It was also a vision of the future of cricket watching, served as it was by the world’s first electric tube and a brand new tram line, surmounted by a superb pavilion hosting 400 000 visitors a year. Overshadowed by the gasholders of the South Metropolitan Gas Works, increasingly encircled by factories, foundries and breweries, The Oval’s playing expanse now had a rus in urbe quality, a remnant of the days when Kennington had been open fields and market gardens. ... Their own rules were an attendance to pleasure of utmost seriousness and decorum. In the Jubilee Book, Ranji had reported the astonishment of a German visiting a county match at The Oval at ‘the extreme orderliness of the many thousands’ in the presence of a mere ‘five policemen’ when ‘abroad it would require at least 300 policemen to keep such a large crowd in order’. When Neville Cardus later argued for cricket as the ‘national art’ of a people ‘prone to be ashamed of living the life aesthetic’, he gestured not towards St John’s Wood but Kennington: ‘Go among the shilling crowd any fine day at The Oval and what do you hear? Little technical jargon, little talk of off-breaks and the position of the left funny bone in the late cut. Instead you will hear many delighted cries of “Beautiful stroke – Beautiful!”’ ... It has the hallmarks of a first attempt, after which Beldam moved ever so slightly left, so that Trumper’s head in his normal stance would have reposed between the distant ogee-roofed towers of the board school on Kennington Road. ...

Saturday, 22 October 2016

The magic collection of a Victorian hoarder who lived in Kennington is on display at British Library - Southwark News

The magic collection of a Victorian hoarder who lived in Kennington is on display at British Library - Southwark News
Exhibition picks from Kennington illusionist's 6,000-strong archive of cultural memorabilia ... There Will Be Fun is an exhibition based on the  accumulated pile of nineteenth century materials collected by Kennington-born conjurer, illusionist and ventriloquist Henry Evans – known as Evanion. ...

Friday, 21 October 2016

Tunnelling works start on London’s Northern line extension | Global Rail News

Tunnelling works start on London’s Northern line extension | Global Rail News
Construction of the tunnels for London Underground’s Northern line extension project, which will extend the line from Kennington to Battersea, is underway.
Two permanent shafts have been dug close to Kennington Underground station from which the tunnelling programme has set off. ... Although TBMs will be used to construct much of the extension, tracked excavators supplied by Schaeff are being used initially to excavate the tunnels around the Kennington loop, where the new line meets the existing railway. ... London Underground’s Martin Gosling, head of the Northern line extension, said: “The tunnelling works at Kennington represent a significant milestone in the construction of the Northern Line Extension which will bring Battersea and surrounding areas to within 15 minutes of the West End and City.
“Construction is now well underway in Kennington and involves a lot of complex, highly skilled construction work. It’s a significant step forward in the project which, once complete, will help us to support jobs, homes and growth in this area and keep pace with the capital’s rapidly rising population.” ....

Wednesday, 5 October 2016

Apple Day (9th Oct 2016)

Apple Day (9th Oct 2016)
Apple Day  (Kennington)
Highlights will be the display of unusual and rare apples of around 100 varieties, tastings and on-the-spot juice pressing of some of the varieties.

Saturday, 24 September 2016

Kennington Road SB to Brixton Road Cycle Through - YouTube

Kennington Road SB to Brixton Road Cycle Through - YouTube

Kennington Common - YouTube

Kennington Common - YouTube
Published on Sep 15, 2016
Kennington Common was a large area of common land mainly within the London Borough of Lambeth.  The area was notable for being one of the earliest venues for cricket within London and top-class matches were played there from 1724 to 1785.The common was also used for public executions, fairs and public gatherings. ...

Bellringing at St John the Divine, Kennington - YouTube

Bellringing at St John the Divine, Kennington - YouTube

Autumn equinox 2016: Lovely photos of the first day of autumn in the northern hemisphere

Autumn equinox 2016: Lovely photos of the first day of autumn in the northern hemisphere
Autumn equinox
Long shadows stretch across south London's Kennington Park first thing in the morningDavid Sim

Foxtons goes ahead with two new branch openings...

Foxtons goes ahead with two new branch openings...
... “To be a part of the changing face of Nine Elms is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and I've already been blown away by the characterful streets and gardens of Kennington and the vibrancy of life in Vauxhall itself,” says Clodagh Blain, sales manager of Foxtons Vauxhall.  ...

In vogue: Now Nottingham bar comes up with Donald Trump-face-urinal | The Indian Express

In vogue: Now Nottingham bar comes up with Donald Trump-face-urinal | The Indian Express
... However, this is not the first time this has been done. Earlier in March, a bar in Kennington set up urinal-style voting booths. With help from “The Last Leg” satire show, the pub called the Three Stags set up white porcelain voting booths and encouraged drinkers to pee in a politically-minded way. Each of the urinals had images of Donald Trump, Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz. ...

Sunday, 18 September 2016

Kennington, London: for buyers seeking a good all-rounder — FT.com

Kennington, London: for buyers seeking a good all-rounder — FT.com
... Oval and Kennington remain relatively untouched by the building boom on their doorstep. In fact, development has been conspicuous by its absence: just two schemes, comprising 354 homes, are under construction, according to data from the Estates Gazette.
Traditionally, the area has been popular with first-time buyers and the LGBT community, says Ian Boardman of local agent Daniel Cobb. The first are attracted by the relative value for money given the area’s central location. The average price of a home sold in the three wards that span Oval and Kennington is £659,000, according to Land Registry data collected by Savills. A few hundred metres over Vauxhall Bridge in Pimlico the average is £1.09m. ...
... A three-bedroom house on Walcot Square is available for £1.27m through Daniel Cobb. On nearby Kennington Road the same agent has a four-bedroom Grade II-listed townhouse for £1.94m. Cricket nuts might be interested in the four-bedroom house on Fentiman Road available for £1.92m through Savills: just a seven-minute walk from the Oval ground. ...
... The area has little to offer for more than £3m, says Boardman. At these prices, it is more likely to attract politicians than bankers. Local agents claim the area is within the Division Bell zone for members of parliament — close enough for them to cover the distance in the eight minutes between when the bell is rung and a vote takes place. Although with Parliament Square more than 1.5 miles from most of Kennington, you might wonder how they manage.
Canny international buyers may yet join this diverse set in Kennington as the neighbouring building boom sends prices soaring. Boardman’s first interest from abroad came two years ago from an enterprising Malaysian, who bought a Georgian house in Methley Street. The price per sq ft was a shadow of what he would have paid in Nine Elms. The buyer told his friends, and now Boardman and his colleagues are serving a small stable of Malaysian investors. A few have even ventured out for the cricket. ...

Thursday, 15 September 2016

QUENTIN LETTS on the Liberty founder's Lords debut | Daily Mail Online

QUENTIN LETTS on the Liberty founder's Lords debut | Daily Mail Online
... Baroness Chakrabarti 'of Kennington in Our London Borough of Lambeth' (as the clerk so fastidiously put it) then signed her name in the historic House's annals, ... 

Surrey Cricket Club secure future in league - Southwark News

Surrey Cricket Club secure future in league - Southwark News
... The Kennington side, whose final County Championship game against Durham is scheduled to end today, batted out the final day of the Hampshire contest therefore ensuring they will not be relegated. ...