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Saturday 17 May 2008

About Prince's Ward

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Prince’s ward is an area in the London Borough of Lambeth, taking in parts of Kennington, Vauxhall and the historic centre of Lambeth. The ward covers the northern part of Kennington, from Brook Drive down to Kennington Park Road; the part of Vauxhall north of Kennington Lane; and the Ethelred Estate, south of Lambeth Road. The river Thames is the western boundary of the ward. Kennington Cross (pictured) is closest to the centre point for the ward, Vauxhall and Kennington tube stations both lie on Prince’s ward’s boundary. Click here for a map of the ward.
Prince's ward is roughly coterminous with the SE11 postcode, but not completely. The area along the riverbank has an SE1 postcode, but is part of Prince's ward. The area south of Kennington Lane and west of Kennington Road is part of SE11, but not part of Prince's ward. The China Walk Estate is part of SE11 but is outside Prince's ward. A few streets around Elephant & Castle have an SE11 postcode, but are in the Borough of Southwark.

The biggest housing estates are the Vauxhall Gardens Estate, the Ethelred Estate, the Black Prince Estate, and the Cottington Close, Penwith Manor, Kennings and Cotton Gardens estates. The parks in the ward include Spring Gardens, Lambeth Walk Doorstep Green, Pedlars’ Acre Park, Lambeth High Street Recreation Ground, and Pedlars Park on Vauxhall Walk. There are two schools- Archbishop Sumner and Vauxhall Primary. The Durning Library at Kennington Cross serves the community.

Kennington Cross is the main concentration of shops and restaurants in the area. There is a Tesco supermarket on Kennington Lane, and other clusters of shops at Vauxhall Cross, Jonathan Street (where Lambeth Walk post office is), Lambeth Walk, and Wincott Parade on Kennington Road.

The census shows that population on Prince’s ward in 2001 was 11 636. Today this is likely to be considerably higher as many new developments have taken place since then. Prince’s ward had a slightly older population than the average in Lambeth. Its population is 62% white and 29% black. 32% of the population was born outside the UK. 83% of homes in Prince’s ward are flats. 37% of homes are owner-occupied; 29% are rented from the Council, 13% from social landlords, and 20% from private landlords. 68% of people in Prince’s ward are ‘economically active’, which is low by national standards.


Lambeth was originally a riverside village that was the home of the Archbishop of Canterbury. The village gave its name to the parish that stretched down to Brixton, which was the forerunner of the modern Borough of Lambeth. The area alongside the river housed wharves and manufacturing enterprises like the Royal Doulton potteries. In the nineteenth century the riverside was transformed into the Albert Embankment, and in the 1930s Lambeth Bridge connected Lambeth to Westminster directly.

Vauxhall became famous in the eighteenth century as a pleasure garden – a park that people from all over London visited to promenade and be entertained.

Kennington has a close association with the Prince of Wales and the Duchy of Cornwall – it was the site of the palace of the Black Prince in the Middle Ages, and the Duchy of Cornwall still own much land in the ward to this day. The name Prince’s ward comes from this association.

Read more about the area’s history here

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