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Detail from Vincent Van Gogh's 1871
of the Georgian terrace opposite Durand School in Hackford Road.
Van Gogh's stay in one of these houses in the early 1870s, before most
of the Victorian housing in the street was built, is commemorated with
a blue plaque. The play "Vincent", by Richard Eyre, had a
successful run at the National
and in the West End, and is based on this period.
of contemporary artist Albert Irvin's works are named after south
streets which he refers to as the work's "coordinates", although they
no literal reference. Hackford Road is the coordinate of
Hackford Suite, a series of four paintings.
Kennington Common was the scene of a key event in the history of
radicalism and democracy - the 1848 Chartist Rally, in which several
radicals coverged to protest for votes for all (all men, that is),
parliamentary elections, salaries for MPs, and fair parliamentary
for new industrial districts. The rally took place against a
of revolutions in 1848 throughout Europe, and the Government, fearful
a revolution here, packed central London and all key public buildings
police and troops. In the event the large protest was orderly and
One of the world's
most significant typographic collections is located at the southern end of Hackford Road
in the National Museum of Type
and Communication, 100 Hackford Road. The museum was founded in
1991 and houses examples of the art and craft of typography from the
500 years. Opens by appointment only - telephone: 020 7735 0055,
fax: 020 7735 7059.
Type Museum held a major fund-raising literary evening in 2003, in
which more than 250 people came to meet thirty local authors - all of
them living within reach of the museum - and to buy signed copies of
their latest books. Authors included Philip Hensher, Julie Myerson,
Will Self, Ann Widdecombe, Alexandra Campbell and Helena
Drysdale. Sir Piers Rogers, the Director of the Museum, and
Stephen Bayley, writer and style guru, both made excellent speeches,
and Ann Widdecombe drew the raffle. The Type Museum opened up its
workshops and collections specially for the evening, while our local
bookshop, the Oval
Bookshop on Clapham Road,
sold the books. It is hoped that this was the first of many
high-class literary events at the Museum. (Source: stockwellpark.com)
Other related sites
Thinking of working closer to home? Hackford Walk - at the southern end of Hackford Road - offers secluded office space: see hackfordwalk.co.uk
The Stockwell Partnership
stockwell.org.uk is the website of the Stockwell Partnership - a local-run community organisation focussed on community development and regeneration. The site includes historical notes and photographs of the area, including memories of people living in the area in the 1930s and 40s.
Just up Brixton Road is Stockwell Park - a conservation area boasting a number of impressive late-Victorian villas, including some spectacular late-Gothic homes: the excellent community website is at: stockwellpark.com and includes a searchable illustrated database including historical and architectural details of many buildings in the area, including those on Clapham and Broxton Roads. stockwellpark.com also provides news on forthcoming events and developments in the wider area, including Hackford Road and the Durand School.
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