The ’Lamb’ in Lambeth really means just that.
Wake Street (King Street before the 1880s) was featured in photos from the Picture Post edition of 31 December 1938.
This photograph, dating from 1938, has been identified as Wake Street (formerly King Street). The building at the end is Lollard Street
School, destroyed by bombing in World War Two.
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The name is recorded in 1062 as Lambehitha
, meaning ’landing place for lambs’, and in 1255 as Lambeth
. The name refers to a harbour where lambs were either shipped from or to. It is formed from the Old English ’lamb’ and ’hythe.
is recorded as Sutlamehethe
in 1241 and North Lambeth
is recorded in 1319 as North Lamhuth. The marshland in the area, known as Lambeth
Marshe, was drained in the 18th century but is remembered in the Lower Marsh
street name. Sometime after the opening of Waterloo railway station in 1848 the locality around the station and Lower Marsh
became known as Waterloo.
Palace is located opposite the Palace of Westminster. The two were linked by a horse ferry across the Thames.
Until the mid-18th Century the north of Lambeth
was marshland, crossed by a number of roads raised against floods.
With the opening of Westminster Bridge
in 1750, followed by the Blackfriars
Bridge and Vauxhall Bridge
, a number of major thoroughfares were developed through Lambeth
, such as Westminster Bridge
Road, Kennington Road
and Camberwell New Road
In William Blake’s epic Milton a Poem
, the poet John Milton leaves Heaven and travels to Lambeth
, in the form of a falling comet, and enters Blake’s foot. This allows Blake to treat the ordinary world as perceived by the five senses as a sandal formed of "precious stones and gold" that he can now wear. Blake ties the sandal and, guided by Los, walks with it into the City of Art, inspired by the spirit of poetic creativity. The poem was written between 1804 and 1810.