Vauxhall, the Oval and Kennington

Vauxhall, Kennington & the Oval



This page will help you to access certain maps of Vauxhall and Kennington from 1746 to the present day. Maps are listed in date order, oldest first.

Many entries on this page contain links to other websites where you can look at old maps and often buy reproductions. But this page also displays reduced versions of a small number of other old maps of this area. Click on the underlined links at the side of the images to download much larger images.

Important Notes:- Please note that the detailed maps often take quite a while to download, but they are well worth it. And if your browser reduces these images to fit your screen, you can expand them by clicking in the bottom right hand corner of the image.

Other maps not listed here are available via the Vauxhall Society website.

Here are some other sources of old maps:-

John Rocque's 1746 Map of London

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.

Surrey side of the Thames in 1766

Click here to see this map originally published in "Gentleman's Magazine"

Vauxhall and South Lambeth in 1790

An extract from Sir William Davenant's 1790 map.

Vauxhall and South Lambeth, inc. the Pleasure Gardens. Note that the area was still very rural.

Richard Horwood, London 1792-99

Hard copies are available from Stanfords. I am not aware of an online version.

John Fairburn's 1802 Map of London

I am not aware of a current supplier of this map.

Strangers Guide to London 1807

This is a small part of this map which can be bought from the London Metropolitan Archives.

Part of a c.1811 Map of Surrey

Lambeth, Camberwell and Clapham

Vauxhall Riverside

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.

Cary's 1818 Map of London

Click here to see the Vauxhall area of this map, originally published at 1:9748 .

The whole map is here.

Greenwood's 1827 and 1830 Maps of London

This map can be seen at Old Maps Online

Kennington to Peckham c.1830

Click here to see this map courtesy of Southwark Council

Williamson's 1831 Map of the Parish of Lambeth

Copies of this map can be obtained from Lambeth Archives at the Minet Library, 52 Knatchbull Road, London SE5 - 020 7926 6076.

Westminster Bridge to Lambeth Bridge

Around St George's Circus and West Square

Vauxhall, showing the site of the Pleasure Gardens.

Around Kennington Cross

1832 Anonymous 'New Map of London'

1832:- "A NEW MAP OF LONDON with the adjacent Villages Including the New Streets and Public Buildings CORRECTED TO 1832"

Cruchley's 1846 New Plan of London

Click here to see this map which was "coloured to show the various routes of the omnibuses ... with all the railways and stations".

Here is an extract from Cruchley's map showing the area around Vauxhall Bridge.

Dr John Snow's 1856 Map of Water Companies in South London

Click here to look at this map which played a vital part in his Grand Experiment that proved that cholera is a water-borne disease.

1857-9 Reynolds's Map of Modern London

Click here to look at this map. This is R Jarman's re-drawing of Reynolds' map originally published in 1857.

1862 Stanford's Map of London

Click here to see this 1:10560 map.

Bacon's 1888 Atlas of London

Click on one of the four links below to look at these very detailed (1:7040) maps. Copies of pages of this atlas can be bought from the London Topographical Society.

Vauxhall Park/Spring Gardens:- Note how the land was built on following the closure of the Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens,

Kennington Cross

Nine Elms

Fentiman Road & Clapham Road:- Note Oxford & Cambridge Terraces on Fentiman road, and that Richborne Terrace was still Richmond Terrace on one side and Osborne Terrace on the other.

The Oval & Kennington Park

The Charles Booth 1889 Descriptive Map of London Poverty

Click here to access this searchable London-wide street map and archive. Copies can be bought at the London Museum in the Barbican.

Early Ordnance Survey Maps 1871 - 1914

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.

Other Ordnance Survey Maps

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.