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Tuesday 4 June 2013, 7pm

(doors open 6.30pm) at 180 South Lambeth Road, SW8 1QP

Portuguese maritime explorations which led to connecting East-West trade from the late fifteenth century onwards had unexpected effects on the sociocultural fabric of the peoples they encountered.  Effects on religion have been well recognised but other areas, such as language, music and dance, are less well known.   This lecture concerns the intangible Lusitanian heritage.

Dr Shihan de Silva is a Senior Fellow at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies (University of London), a member of the UNESCO International Scientific Committee (Paris) and an elected Fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society (Great Britain & Ireland).  She is the author of numerous peer-reviewed articles in international journals, and has also written eight books in the fields of Portuguese Studies, Historical Linguistics, Ethnomusicology, African Diaspora Studies and Ethnography.

Admission free.Light refreshments available.  Suggested donations £2.


Portuguese talk

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Now and then

As close as I could get it, these two maps show exactly the  same area.  The lower one will be instantly familiar, the upper one is a small piece of a map of London published in 1827. The whole thing is available online in much greater detail here – click on areas of the small map to get much more detailed scans of the whole thing.  The small area below is taken from this sheet, covering Kennington and Vauxhall.

Interesting to see how South Lambeth Road has bent through 90 degrees since its early life along what we now know as Dorset Road – to say nothing of the metamorphosis of South Highland Place into South Island Place, when there are neither highlands nor islands to be seen. It’s also possible to see very clearly how street names capture traces of the past.  The Lawn of 1827 has a faint echo in Lawn Lane, the sometime grandeur of Clayland House survives in Claylands Road.

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Jason Cobb, a consistently interesting Stockwell blogger, has started a new oral history project for Stockwell, with its own site, Stockwell Stories.  So far, there are two interviews available to listen to:

Bill has lived in Stockwell for most of his life. He has worked locally for the Royal Mail, giving him a unique perspective on the area as it has grown and changed over the years. In this interview, we discuss the changing industrial landscape of Stockwell, and look ahead as to where the local economy might be heading.

Kay has been a resident of Stockwell for almost fifty years. During this time, she has raised a family and worked locally for most of her life. In this interview, we talk about family life in Stockwell, and how the retail opportunities in the area have gone from boom to bust.

There is an opportunity to contribute as well as to learn:

Maybe you were born in Stockwell and have strong memories of the area whilst growing up; or perhaps you moved to Stockwell and feel a strong affinity with the location and the community. Or perhaps you want to share your observations as to how Stockwell has changed over the years.

The Stockwell oral history project would be interested in hearing from you to help share your story. We aren’t limited to just oral histories either; we are keen to uncover any old photographs of Stockwell that you may be willing to share.

If you are interested, details on how to make contact can be found here.

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Old South Lambeth

Aldebert Terrace, 1912

This is Aldebert Terrace in about 1912.  The picture comes from Lambeth Council’s archive, with about 6,000 images available online at the Lambeth Landmark.  Andrew Orange has put a picture of Tradescant Road from the same set up at our neighbouring Tradescant Road and South Lambeth site, and as he observes, the street lights are many fewer than we have now – but other than that, there is little in the buildings themselves to show the passage of time.  The only real change is the faint outline of the building on the corner of Thorne Road and South Lambeth Road, now replaced by modern flats.

Curiously the picture below of St Stephen’s Terrace is dramatically less familiar – despite being taken 50 years later, just a couple of years before the old church was demolished in 1967.

St Stephen's Terace, 1965

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