EPW060456 ENGLAND (1939). The Oval Cricket Ground and surroundings, Kennington, 1939

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Title [EPW060456] The Oval Cricket Ground and surroundings, Kennington, 1939
Reference EPW060456
Date 7-February-1939
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Place name KENNINGTON
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District
Country ENGLAND
Easting / Northing 531027, 178037
Longitude / Latitude -0.11268656156978, 51.485600113646
National Grid Reference TQ310780

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The Pavilion End on Harleyford Street.

John Swain
Wednesday 21st of June 2017 12:14:37 PM

John Swain
Wednesday 21st of June 2017 12:12:05 PM
East Stand (Top and Bottom).

John Swain
Wednesday 21st of June 2017 12:10:21 PM

John Swain
Wednesday 21st of June 2017 12:09:24 PM

John Swain
Wednesday 21st of June 2017 12:07:38 PM
Vauxhall Stand

John Swain
Wednesday 21st of June 2017 12:06:46 PM
Wall surrounding the cricket ground built in the winter of 1933-34.

John Swain
Wednesday 21st of June 2017 12:05:50 PM
Alverstone House

John Swain
Wednesday 21st of June 2017 12:04:15 PM
Lockwood House

John Swain
Wednesday 21st of June 2017 12:03:13 PM

John Swain
Wednesday 21st of June 2017 12:02:07 PM
Clayton Street

John Swain
Wednesday 21st of June 2017 12:00:51 PM

John Swain
Wednesday 21st of June 2017 11:59:55 AM

John Swain
Wednesday 21st of June 2017 11:58:57 AM

John Swain
Wednesday 21st of June 2017 11:57:24 AM
Similarly, Alverstone House, located behind Lockwood House to the south-east of the cricket ground, was named after Lord Alverstone (1842-1915), a former President of Surrey County Cricket Club and President of the MCC in 1903.

John Swain
Wednesday 21st of June 2017 11:15:19 AM
NAAFI Depot, Kennings Way

brianbeckett
Tuesday 23rd of September 2014 04:29:35 PM
Imperial Court. NAAFI HQ untilthe 1990s

brianbeckett
Tuesday 23rd of September 2014 04:28:40 PM
Cleaver Square

brianbeckett
Tuesday 23rd of September 2014 04:20:52 PM
Granada Cinema

brianbeckett
Tuesday 23rd of September 2014 04:19:47 PM
The Horns, Kennington. Destroyed during the War

brianbeckett
Tuesday 23rd of September 2014 04:18:42 PM
This area suffered badly during the Second World War and successive editions of the Wisden Cricketers' Almanack report on the poor state of the ground. The 1944 issue records the bombing raid of November 1940 when the front of the Oval Tavern was hit, along with the East Mound Stand. The wall surrounding the ground, which was constructed during the winter of 1933-34, suffered severe damage from a bomb in Harleyford Road, but this was swiftly repaired. In May 1941, the Oval was bombed again, with the Pavilion and Tavern being badly knocked about.

In the 1946 edition of Wisden, a photograph on page 35 shows members of the Pioneer Corps dismantling the prisoner-of-war cage and removing the numerous concrete posts from the outfield. The all-important central pitch or square remained in fairly good condition, but the pavilion was in poor shape. In the background, the 1930s' blocks of Reed House and Lohmann House are seen bearing the scars of six years of wartime damage.

John Swain
Wednesday 21st of June 2017 11:34:15 AM
St. George's Cathedral, 08/04/2014

Class31
Wednesday 6th of August 2014 09:09:42 AM
Vauxhall Railway Station, 04/08/2014

Class31
Wednesday 6th of August 2014 09:06:20 AM
St. Anne's RC Church

Class31
Wednesday 9th of April 2014 01:40:30 PM
The Cricketers Pub On the corner of Clayton Street. The original building was erected around 1826 and was known as the Clayton Arms. Rebuilt around 1935, its name was changed to The Cricketers in 1966. A music venue from the late 1970s under the tenancy of Roy Stubs, it specialised in Jazz until the music booking was taken over in 1984 by music promoter Jim Driver. This brought in a more adventurous policy and the venue became an early springboard for acts such as The Pogues, T'Pau and The Smiths. Classic acts such as The Groundhogs, Geno Washington and Chicken Shack. The lease expired in 1990 and the venue was taken over by a variety of unsuccessful entrepreneurs, finally ending up as a Portuguese restaurant in 1994. It was been closed and boarded up ever since.

JimDriver
Saturday 1st of March 2014 10:58:44 AM
Bonnington Square

Robin
Saturday 30th of November 2013 01:47:04 AM
St Philip's Church, Kennington Road. Damaged in the war, pulled down in the 1950s.

Jonathan L
Friday 23rd of August 2013 06:35:49 PM
Imperial War Museum

Jonathan L
Friday 23rd of August 2013 06:30:40 PM
Kennington Park

Alan McFaden
Sunday 7th of July 2013 11:31:50 AM
Kennington Park

Alan McFaden
Sunday 7th of July 2013 11:31:15 AM
Park Mansions. My Victorian, maiden, Great Aunts Gertrude and Constance lived here. Gertie and Connie. Gertie was the 'talker' (with my mother) and Connie the 'runner' (with us children) so named according to their behaviour when we visited.

Maurice
Sunday 30th of June 2013 12:06:37 PM
Vauxhall Park, opened in July 1890 by the Prince of Wales, comprises about eight acres of open space off the South Lambeth Road.

John Swain
Wednesday 12th of June 2013 10:00:24 AM
John - it would appear the park is being excavated. I wonder if February 1939 is too early for the construction of air raid shelters? There was a lot of this sort of thing going on by that time. The park still has a rise up to a flat surface even today that may be the result of this work.

Maurice
Sunday 30th of June 2013 12:09:44 PM
Kennington Road

John Swain
Wednesday 12th of June 2013 09:55:47 AM
Vauxhall Station 1848

John Swain
Wednesday 12th of June 2013 09:52:50 AM

John Swain
Wednesday 12th of June 2013 09:49:24 AM
Kennington Park Road

John Swain
Wednesday 12th of June 2013 09:48:16 AM
St.Mark's Church 1824 in the Greek Revival style

John Swain
Wednesday 12th of June 2013 09:47:10 AM
Harleyford Road

John Swain
Wednesday 12th of June 2013 09:43:57 AM
Kennington Park, formerly Kennington Common

John Swain
Wednesday 12th of June 2013 09:42:07 AM

John Swain
Wednesday 12th of June 2013 09:39:47 AM
These were just gas holders. The gas works were on the river by Vauxhall Bridge.

brianbeckett
Saturday 10th of February 2018 10:33:10 AM
Kennington Oval: one of the largest playing surfaces in English county and Test cricket.

John Swain
Wednesday 12th of June 2013 09:39:03 AM

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Imperial War Museum, 08/04/2014

Class31
Wednesday 6th of August 2014 09:08:30 AM
St. Mark's Church 08/04/2014

Class31
Wednesday 9th of April 2014 01:32:39 PM
A view looking almost due east over the densely populated district of Kennington, London SE11, towards Walworth, which was shortly to suffer badly during the bombing campaigns of World War II. The famous old (1845/46) ground at The Oval was formerly a market garden and the pitch was created with 10,000 turves brought from Tooting Common. It, along with much of the surrounding area, is still part of the Duchy of Cornwall. The ground was immediately requisitioned, before the close of the '39 cricket season, by the War Department for use as a prisoner-of-war cage, although records suggest it was never actually used for this purpose and cricket was able to resume promptly in April 1946. Wisden Cricketers' Almanack for 1947 reports that the Surrey ground staff, aided by many volunteers, effected a wonderful recovery after six years of damage to the pavilion and playing arena.

John Swain
Wednesday 12th of June 2013 10:24:11 AM
A rare shot of Kennington Oval taken just before the onset of hostilities in September 1939. Although this area of London SE11 suffered badly during five years of German bombing, the ground and surroundings recovered quickly for start of the 1946 cricket season, with most of the familiar urban landmarks still intact, including the gasometers and the utilitarian blocks of flats lining both sides of the ground.

John Swain
Wednesday 12th of June 2013 09:36:57 AM
Following the large-scale construction of flats along both sides of Kennington Oval in the late 1930s, this image is a more familiar one to post-war cricket enthusiasts than the ones taken a decade earlier. World War Two was declared just seven months after this aerial photograph was taken and the famous old ground was requisitioned for the war effort, so that the match between Surrey and Lancashire was played at Old Trafford instead. Even there the match was abandoned on the third day owing to the International situation.

John Swain
Wednesday 12th of June 2013 09:29:45 AM