#Festivalcast: The Waterloo Shot Tower

The Shot Tower stood nearly 200 ft tall on the river front by Waterloo Bridge for nearly 140 years until the early 1960s, an unmistakeable and important landmark which featured in the everyday life of Londoners. Yet today it is barely remembered.

In this last podcast for 2021 from our series, Festivalcast, Nick Rampley traces the history of this all but forgotten building and of the industries that characterised Lambeth’s riverside, giving particular focus – on the 70th anniversary of the Festival of Britain – to the role the Tower played in the South Bank exhibition. You can also read more about this here.

Festivalcast, the Waterloo Festival's podcast series, is brought to you by Morley Radio.

This podcast is brought to you in collaboration with Morley Radio (at Morley College).


Morley College London is the capital’s largest adult educator, with campuses on both sides of the Thames. Our Waterloo Centre is founded on over 130 years of history of transforming the lives of Londoners through education. We deliver a vast range of specialist short courses in the arts, social sciences and more, as well as courses that lead to qualifications including some at degree-level. We are proud too of our contribution to the cultural fabric of the area through our extensive range of lectures, concerts, workshops, and exhibitions. The Centre has recently benefited from major works improving accessibility to our foyer and student support services; the current phase of works will culminate in the summer with the reopening of the Morley Gallery after more than year of refurbishments. More information at: http://morleycollege.ac.uk/