Vauxhall, Oval & Kennington - Old Maps
This page will help you to look at a wide variety of maps of Vauxhall and Kennington from 1681 to the present day. The maps are listed in date order, oldest first.
Most of the images below are thumbnails. Please click them to bring up larger images.
Here are some other sources of old maps:-
Note that this image is oriented with West being at the top of the map.
This is the first detailed map (1:2437) of the area, published by Motco. Hard copies are available from Stanfords. I am not aware of an online version other than in Layers of London.
This is the Middlesex page of this atlas. The Surrey side is therefore not so detailed . Note that 'Newington' looks very much like 'Nennington' but that was because of the typography of the time.
This map was originally published in "Gentleman's Magazine"
This is an extract from Sir William Davenant's 1790 map.
Below is a more detailed map of Vauxhall and South Lambeth in 1790 inc. the Pleasure Gardens. Note that the area was still very rural.
Hard copies are available from Stanfords. I am not aware of an online version other than in Layers of London.
I am not aware of a current supplier of this map.
This is a small part of this map which can be bought from the London Metropolitan Archives.
Here is a plan of Vauxhall's riverside in the early 1800s. Note the Waterman's Houses and the Waterman's Seat (opposite the entrance to Vauxhall Walk) where the owners of the Thames Wherries waited for passengers.
Here is the Vauxhall area of this map, originally published at 1:9748.
The whole map is here.
This is a reduced size extract from this map which covers a large part of South Central London.
Click on this image to bring up the whole map. Most browsers will then let you focus in on particular areas of the map. There may be + and - buttons in the bottom right hand corner, for instance.
Copies of this map can be obtained from Lambeth Archives. Here are thumbnails of four areas of this map.
This map was 'coloured to show the various routes of the omnibuses ... with all the railways and stations.
Here is an extract showing the area around Vauxhall Bridge.
Click on this thumbnail to bring up this map which played a vital part in Dr Snow's Grand Experiment that proved that cholera is a water-borne disease.
This is R Jarman's re-drawing of Reynold's map originally published in 1857. Click on either thumbnail to be taken to the London-wide map.
Click on one of the five links below to look at these very detailed (1:7,040) maps. Copies of pages of this atlas can be bought from the London Topographical Society.
Alan Godfrey publishes these detailed and inexpensive maps, available from many booksellers as well as over the web.
London sheet 89 (Kennington & Walworth) is available for 3 dates: 1871, 1894 and 1914.
The National Library of Scotland have some lovely high resolution scans of 1:1056 OS maps of London between 1893 and 1896.
And here is nice map of the tram lines around Vauxhall Cross.
Follow this link to see some lovely photos of old Vauxhall.