16 Facts About Lambeth


Lambeth is a district in South London, England, in the London Borough of Lambeth, historically in the County of Surrey.

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Lambeth is home to one of the largest Portuguese-speaking communities in the UK, and is the second most commonly spoken language in Lambeth after English.

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South Lambeth is recorded as Sutlamehethe in 1241 and North Lambeth is recorded in 1319 as North Lamhuth.

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Manor of Lambeth is recorded as being under ownership of the Archbishop of Canterbury from at least 1190.

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Lambeth was the site of the principal medieval London residence of the Dukes of Norfolk, but by 1680 the large house had been sold and ended up as a pottery manufacturer, creating some of the first examples of English delftware in the country.

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Until the mid-18th century the north of Lambeth was marshland, crossed by a number of roads raised against floods.

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Until the 18th century Lambeth was sparsely populated and still rural in nature, being outside the boundaries of central London, although it had experienced growth in the form of taverns and entertainment venues, such as theatres and Bear pits .

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The Lambeth factory closed in 1956 and production was transferred to Staffordshire.

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Lambeth Walk was site of a market for many years, which by 1938 had 159 shops, including 11 butchers.

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Current district of Lambeth was part of the large ancient parish of Lambeth St Mary in the Brixton hundred of Surrey.

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Lambeth became part of the Metropolitan Police District in 1829.

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Lambeth Palace is the home of the Archbishop of Canterbury and has been occupied as a residence by the Archbishops since the early 13th century.

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Lambeth Mission is a church of the united Methodist Anglican denomination, located on Lambeth Road.

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Beaconsfield gallery is a public contemporary art gallery in Lambeth, which was established in 1995 and specialises in temporary exhibitions and art classes.

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Lambeth Walk Open Space is a small public park to the east of Lambeth on Fitzalan Walk and includes several open spaces and play areas.

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Pedlars' Park is another small public park in Lambeth, which was created in 1968 on the site of the former St Saviour's Salamanca Street School.

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