TQ3076 : Decorated ventilation shaft in Stockwell Memorial Gardens

taken 10 years ago, near to Brixton, Lambeth, Great Britain

Decorated ventilation shaft in Stockwell Memorial Gardens
Decorated ventilation shaft in Stockwell Memorial Gardens
This site was originally part of South Lambeth Common, a large tract of open land belonging to the manor of Vauxhall and owned by the Archbishop of Canterbury. It was gradually enclosed, often illegally, by local tenants for keeping livestock at the start of the 19th century until they were evicted and new restrictions were placed on enclosures or buildings. These restrictions were lifted in 1843 and a local developer bought up and developed much of the land for housing.

However, he left this small piece of open space which his successors passed to Lambeth Borough Council in 1920 for it to be developed into a new war memorial garden. The stone memorial tower was built in 1922, originally to those who died in the First World War, but now including those who died in the Second World War. Next to it is this ventilation shaft for Stockwell Underground station which was painted with murals in 2001 to commemorate those who died in the two World Wars. These include Violette Szabo who was originally born in Paris but grew up and went to school in nearby Stockwell Road before serving in the Special Operations Executive (SOE) until her capture and execution in Ravensbruck Concentration Camp aged 23. She was posthumously awarded the George Cross. This mural was listed in Time Out as one of London's top ten murals.

Lower down still than the Underground station is the deep-level shelter. This has a particularly fascinating history - see LinkExternal link and LinkExternal link
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Wednesday, 28 September, 2011   (more nearby)
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Saturday, 8 October, 2011
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Park and Public Gardens  Railways  People, Events 
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OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 3051 7657 [10m precision]
WGS84: 51:28.3830N 0:7.3366W
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OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 3051 7655
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