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Lambeth Collection

"Lambeth: A Vibrant Tapestry of History, Culture

Background imageLambeth Collection: Me and My Girl - Instructions how to dance the Lambeth Walk

Me and My Girl - Instructions how to dance the Lambeth Walk
Type-written instructions on how to dance The Lambeth Walk, a cheery Cockney musical number, as featured in Arthur Rose and Douglas Furbers musical Me and My Girl. Date: 1937

Background imageLambeth Collection: Firefighters and hoses, LFB annual review, Lambeth HQ LFB150

Firefighters and hoses, LFB annual review, Lambeth HQ LFB150
London firefighters from East London demonstrating mass jets during the Annual Review display at the Brigades headquarters. Lambeth, SE1

Background imageLambeth Collection: Me and My Girl - Lambeth Walk sheet music cover, 1937

Me and My Girl - Lambeth Walk sheet music cover, 1937
Bill Snibson (actor Lupino Lane 1892-1959) peeps from behind his stately home on this music cover for The Lambeth Walk, as featured in Arthur Rose and Douglas Furbers musical Me and My Girl. 1937

Background imageLambeth Collection: LFDCA-LFB Lambeth HQ and Lambeth river station

LFDCA-LFB Lambeth HQ and Lambeth river station
A modernised Lambeth river fire station and the new fireboat London Phoenix, seen here from the north bank of the River Thames

Background imageLambeth Collection: Percy in Karel Reiszs We Are The Lambeth Boys (1959)

Percy in Karel Reiszs We Are The Lambeth Boys (1959)
Karel Reiszs We Are The Lambeth Boys (1959)

Background imageLambeth Collection: Passport to Pimlico (1949)

Passport to Pimlico (1949)
A scene from the classic Ealing Comedy

Background imageLambeth Collection: London Fire Engine Establishment, list of fire stations

London Fire Engine Establishment, list of fire stations
Formed in 1833, the LFEE took over firefighting in London from the various Insurance Company fire brigades. It had 19 fire stations and its headquarters was located at Watling Street, City of London

Background imageLambeth Collection: Bedford Heavy Unit in the NFS (London Region)

Bedford Heavy Unit in the NFS (London Region)
About 1000 of the pumps were built on a Bedford chassis and most were capable of pumping water at 700 gallons per minute. Here a heavy unit and crew are undertaking hose drills at Lambeth

Background imageLambeth Collection: Peggy in Karel Reiszs We Are The Lambeth Boys (1959)

Peggy in Karel Reiszs We Are The Lambeth Boys (1959)
Karel Reiszs We Are The Lambeth Boys (1959)

Background imageLambeth Collection: London arms and seals

London arms and seals
The Arms and Common Seals of the Metropolitan Boroughs of London and of the City of London, with a block map showing their boundaries

Background imageLambeth Collection: The Horns Tavern, Kennington, in 1820, (c1878). Creator: Unknown

The Horns Tavern, Kennington, in 1820, (c1878). Creator: Unknown
The Horns Tavern, Kennington, in 1820, (c1878). The Horns tavern in Kennington, south London, acted as a meeting place, lecture hall and exhibition space

Background imageLambeth Collection: Firefighters in display at Lambeth HQ, London

Firefighters in display at Lambeth HQ, London
Firefighters in a display at Lambeth HQ, London, on 28 July 1937, following a presentation of certificates for bravery by Mr E Cruse, Chairman of the London Fire Brigade Committee

Background imageLambeth Collection: LFB horse drawn steamer at modern LFB review

LFB horse drawn steamer at modern LFB review
Lambeth, headquarters of the London Fire Brigade, hosted annual displays and regular reviews of the Brigade. A popular feature was the inclusion of the working Victorian Shand Mason horse drawn steam

Background imageLambeth Collection: Firefighters on parade in front of their appliance

Firefighters on parade in front of their appliance during a visit by Queen Elizabeth II to the Headquarters of the London Fire Brigade, Lambeth

Background imageLambeth Collection: LCC-LFB Dual purpose pump escape at Lambeth HQ

LCC-LFB Dual purpose pump escape at Lambeth HQ
A Dennis F7 pump escape at Lambeth HQ, a classic postwar fire engine newly in service in London. It was powered by a 150 bhp 5.7 litre Rolls-Royce engine and served initially at Lambeth Fire Station

Background imageLambeth Collection: LCC-LFB Recruit fireman training at Brigade HQ, SE1

LCC-LFB Recruit fireman training at Brigade HQ, SE1
During the 1950s recruit firefighters were trained at the Brigade Headquarters, Lambeth. Here a fireman is undertaking a hook ladder drill on the stations nine-storey drill tower

Background imageLambeth Collection: LCC-LFB Recruit firefighters training at Brigade HQ SE1

LCC-LFB Recruit firefighters training at Brigade HQ SE1
During the 1950s recruit firefighters were trained at the Brigade Headquarters in Lambeth. Here they are undertaking hook ladder drills on the stations nine-storey drill tower

Background imageLambeth Collection: NFS 60ft hand-operated turntable ladder, WW2

NFS 60ft hand-operated turntable ladder, WW2
An Austin K4-Merryweather 60 foot hand-operated turntable ladder (TL). A total of 50 such appliances were built and mounted on Austin K4 chassis for the Home Office between 1942 and 1943

Background imageLambeth Collection: Lambeth Bridge 1950S

Lambeth Bridge 1950S
Industrial steam tugs passing underneath Lambeth Bridge, London, England

Background imageLambeth Collection: Small boats used in the Dunkirk evacuation, WW2

Small boats used in the Dunkirk evacuation, WW2
A convoy of small boats which had been used in the Dunkirk evacuation, seen here on 9 June passing Lambeth Bridge, on the River Thames in London. Date: 1940

Background imageLambeth Collection: Jack DeJohnette, Queen Elizabeth Hall, London, 1989. Creator: Brian Foskett

Jack DeJohnette, Queen Elizabeth Hall, London, 1989. Creator: Brian Foskett
Jack DeJohnette, Queen Elizabeth Hall, London, 1989

Background imageLambeth Collection: Turnout of vehicles from Lambeth HQ

Turnout of vehicles from Lambeth HQ, with the River Thames and Houses of Parliament in the background

Background imageLambeth Collection: LCC-LFB enclosed pump at Lambeth fire station

LCC-LFB enclosed pump at Lambeth fire station
Pictured at Brigade Headquarters, Lambeth SE1, an example of an 1930 enclosed London pump with carried breathing apparatus

Background imageLambeth Collection: LCC-LFB Kennington fire station, Lambeth

LCC-LFB Kennington fire station, Lambeth
Built by the London County Council, Kennington fire station was located in Renfrew Road, Lower Kennington, South London. Seen here are its horse drawn escape ladder

Background imageLambeth Collection: GLC-LFB Fire in Lambeth Road, SE11

GLC-LFB Fire in Lambeth Road, SE11
A Merryweather turntable ladder stands ready whilst fire crews wearing Proto oxygen breathing apparatus tackle a blaze in Victoria House & Victoria Mansions, South Lambeth Road, South Lambeth

Background imageLambeth Collection: LCC-LFB Leyland Metz 100 foot turntable ladder

LCC-LFB Leyland Metz 100 foot turntable ladder
Lambeths (D61) turntable ladder at its base station, displayed in the Brigade headquarters drill yard. The hose line, when the TL is used as a water tower

Background imageLambeth Collection: LCC-LFB Lambeth fire station with appliances

LCC-LFB Lambeth fire station with appliances
Lambeth fire station (Brigade Headquarters) with pump-escape, pump and 100 foot turntable ladder. The station had three other appliances: an emergency tender, breakdown lorry and canteen van

Background imageLambeth Collection: LCC-LFB AFS Green Goddess pump, Lambeth HQ

LCC-LFB AFS Green Goddess pump, Lambeth HQ
A typical AFS (government design) Green Goddess pump, at drill in the yard of Brigade Headquarters station, Lambeth. Created prior to the outbreak of WW2

Background imageLambeth Collection: NFS London Region control room and officers, WW2

NFS London Region control room and officers, WW2
With the Fire Service nationalised in 1941 the London Fire Brigade was combined with its surrounding Fire Brigades to form the London Region of the NFS

Background imageLambeth Collection: LFB wartime emergency appliance and trailer pump, WW2

LFB wartime emergency appliance and trailer pump, WW2
A Fordson Unit and trailer pump at the London Fire Brigade headquarters, Lambeth. These were just some of the 2000 adapted vehicles utilised as AFS fire appliances

Background imageLambeth Collection: Billiard Room, Union Jack Club, Lambeth, London

Billiard Room, Union Jack Club, Lambeth, London
View of the Billiard Room at the Union Jack Club, Waterloo Road, Lambeth, London. The club opened in 1907 to cater for members and ex-members of the armed forces. Date: circa 1910s

Background imageLambeth Collection: GLC-LFB Lambeths pump escape on the road

GLC-LFB Lambeths pump escape on the road
Lambeth fire stations pump-escape pictured on Lambeth Palace Road, SE1, in September 1966, with the Houses of Parliament in the background

Background imageLambeth Collection: Infants playground, Lambeth Schools, West Norwood, London

Infants playground, Lambeth Schools, West Norwood, London
Infants (girls and boys together) at play at the Lambeth Schools for workhouse children on Elder Road, West Norwood, South London. A young Charlie Chaplin was briefly a resident of the Schools in 1898

Background imageLambeth Collection: London / Westminster / C1700

London / Westminster / C1700
A view of the bridge and the surrounding area, including several landmarks such as the Cathedral and Lambeth Palace

Background imageLambeth Collection: Mass jets at the LFB annual review at Lambeth HQ

Mass jets at the LFB annual review at Lambeth HQ
London firefighters from East London demonstrating mass jets during the Annual Review display at the Brigades headquarters. Lambeth, SE1

Background imageLambeth Collection: Lambeth Bridge and Houses of Parliament, UNESCO World Heritage Site, London

Lambeth Bridge and Houses of Parliament, UNESCO World Heritage Site, London, England, United Kingdom, Europe

Background imageLambeth Collection: Historic map of London (18th Century)

Historic map of London (18th Century)
map/plan of the inner city of London from 1898

Background imageLambeth Collection: Queen Elizabeth reviews female LFB dispatch rider, WW2

Queen Elizabeth reviews female LFB dispatch rider, WW2
Visit to LFB by Queen Elizabeth and Princess Elizabeth. Queen Elizabeth reviews a female dispatch rider at the Lambeth Headquarters of the London Fire Brigade

Background imageLambeth Collection: Breakdown lorry from Lambeth fire station in action

Breakdown lorry from Lambeth fire station in action
The breakdown lorry, from Lambeth fire station, being deployed to move a lorry involved in a serious accident with the OXO lorry in the distance

Background imageLambeth Collection: Karel Reiszs We Are The Lambeth Boys (1959)

Karel Reiszs We Are The Lambeth Boys (1959)

Background imageLambeth Collection: White Horse Hill, Chislehurst View from pub window

White Horse Hill, Chislehurst View from pub window
White Horse Hill, Chislehurst. View from pub window. 21017 Private P. J. Hill, D Company, 20Th Battalion, The County Of London Regiment. Studied At Lambeth School Of Art, St

Background imageLambeth Collection: Queen Elizabeth II inspecting firefighters, London

Queen Elizabeth II inspecting firefighters, London
Visit of Queen Elizabeth II to the Headquarters of the London Fire Brigade, Lambeth, on 9 June 1977

Background imageLambeth Collection: GLC-LFB - Ford Cortina staff car at Lambeth HQ

GLC-LFB - Ford Cortina staff car at Lambeth HQ
The GLC-LFB was created on 1st April 1965. A series of pictures was commissioned, photographing each type of fire engine and other vehicle either within or absorbed into the enlarged London Fire

Background imageLambeth Collection: LCC-LFB Fire engines in the HQ drill yard

LCC-LFB Fire engines in the HQ drill yard
Lambeth fire station appliances in the drill yard together with senior officer staff cars, and a lorry delivering stores

Background imageLambeth Collection: LCC-LFB Breathing apparatus communications set

LCC-LFB Breathing apparatus communications set
A Sub Officer from Lambeths (D61) emergency tender crew demonstrating the Southampton communications equipment that was worn with a full face mask on the Proto (oxygen) breathing apparatus set

Background imageLambeth Collection: GLC-LFB Centenary Royal Review at Lambeth HQ

GLC-LFB Centenary Royal Review at Lambeth HQ
To celebrate the 100 years of the London Fire Brigade, Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip reviewed the London Fire Brigade at Lambeth headquarters

Background imageLambeth Collection: NFS (London Region) mobile kitchen vehicle

NFS (London Region) mobile kitchen vehicle
Donated to the London Region of the NFS by the Canadian Red Cross, the mobile kitchen unit displayed at the Regional (Brigade) Headquarters, Lambeth, SE1 is seen here with its side canopies extended

Background imageLambeth Collection: London Fire Brigade, second Brixton Riots

London Fire Brigade, second Brixton Riots
On 28 September 1985 the second Brixton riot erupted. After the arrest of a man following a shooting incident, a largely black crowd protested at Brixton Police station in Lambeth, South London



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"Lambeth: A Vibrant Tapestry of History, Culture, and Community" Step back in time to 1937 with the infectious tune of "Me and My Girl" echoing through the streets as locals learn how to dance the Lambeth Walk. The spirit of joy and unity fills the air, bringing people together. In moments of crisis, brave firefighters stand tall, their hoses spraying water with unwavering determination. The annual review at Lambeth HQ LFB150 showcases their courage and dedication that keeps our community safe. The Bedford Heavy Unit in the NFS (London Region) reminds us of a bygone era when these mighty vehicles roamed our streets, ready to tackle any emergency. Their presence symbolizes resilience and preparedness. The iconic sheet music cover for "Me and My Girl - Lambeth Walk" transports us back to a time when this catchy melody captured hearts across the nation. It serves as a reminder of Lambeth's contribution to musical history. Percy in Karel Reiszs' film "We Are The Lambeth Boys" embodies the spirit of youth rebellion against societal norms. His story resonates with generations who have dared to challenge conventions and pave their own path. "Passport to Pimlico, " set in 1949 London, takes us on an enchanting journey where boundaries blur between neighborhoods like Pimlico and Lambeth. It celebrates diversity while highlighting shared values that unite communities. Firefighters proudly march on parade before their appliances; a sight that instills confidence within every resident knowing they are protected by these selfless heroes. Their commitment is an inspiration for all. At LCC-LFB Recruit fireman training at Brigade HQ SE1, future firefighters undergo rigorous preparation for duty. This symbolizes not only physical strength but also mental fortitude required for this noble profession. Queen Elizabeth Hall witnessed legendary jazz drummer Jack DeJohnette's mesmerizing performance in 1989.