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Thursday, 20 January 2011

Naming new flats on Lambeth Walk

An application has been received to apply the following name to the new block of five flats on part of the site of The George Public House, Lambeth Walk, SE11 (also known as the Sugden House boilerhouse site):

Arundel Court

The name has been proposed as a result of research undertaken by the applicant in conjunction with the Lambeth Archives:

The land now occupied by Lambeth Walk and Old Paradise Street was part of the estate owned by the Duke of Norfolk, who also holds the title of Earl of Arundel, between 1397 and the latter part of the 16th Century. The estate formed the grounds of the prominent stately home called Norfolk House, used as the London home of the Norfolk family when not resident at their main seat of Arundel Castle in Sussex.

Any objection to the intended order will be considered by the Council, provided that the objection is submitted in writing by 19 February 2011. To object or comment please contact your councillor.

1 comment:

Mark Harrison said...

My personal comment:

Dear Tom

I’m not keen on this name because

-it’s the kind of inoffensive name that developers love because of its blandness and associations with a wealthy place – almost no obvious link to Lambeth at all

-it’s a pretty tenuous link to Lambeth Walk – which is incredibly rich in history – particularly businesses and people – which could throw up all sorts of interesting names

-there are lots of other streets and buildings with Arundel in their title in central London – 12 in my central London A-Z alone – an issue for the emergency services?

The ideal name would link to the specific history of the site – ‘The George’ is too generic a name but was there always a pub on the site? Was the pub ever called anything else? Were there other shops or businesses on the site (or close by) that could lend a name?

Lambeth Walk used to be called Three Coney Walk – a name which doesn’t survive locally – what about Three Coney House?

I hope you’ll ask the applicant to reconsider.


Mark Harrison

Labour Councillor for Prince's Ward

Promoted by David Amos and Joanne Simpson of Prince's Branch Labour Party (Vauxhall Constituency and Lambeth Borough) all at 264A Rosendale Road, SE24 9DL