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  • The story of Waterloo #1: The Ladies' Bridge

    Waterloo Bridge, connecting our local neighbourhood to the other side of the Thames, was inaugurated in 1817. The story of the women who built Waterloo Bridge has long been left out of our history books.

  • Artists in Waterloo #4 - Chris Clarke

    Every Tuesday for the duration of Waterloo Festival 2020, we'll be meeting an artist who either lives in or is connected to Waterloo.

  • Artists in Waterloo #2 - Sheila Wallis

    Every Tuesday for the duration of Waterloo Festival 2020, we'll be meeting an artist who either lives in or is connected to Waterloo. I’ve lived in Waterloo for the last ten years.

  • The story of Waterloo #5: Usher the Clown and his Geese

    Usher was a noted entertainer at Astley’s Circus -- Waterloo’s pioneering big top, featured in a previous article. His honking chariot was then pulled upriver, where it passed beneath the recently completed Waterloo Bridge. His goosey antics were later repeated with a cat-drawn cart, which trundled 600 yards south from Waterloo Bridge in 1819. The great clown, real name Richard Usher, seems to have spent most of his life in the Waterloo area. Perhaps we could recall this genius loci to life in some way for the 2021 Waterloo Festival.

  • The story of Waterloo #3: The Necropolis Railway

    Two inspired entrepreneurs bought a plot of land at Brookwood, near Woking, 23 miles outside London and the plan was to use the new railway line from Waterloo to transport, both the deceased and their mourners, to the cemetery. After the burial, snacks and drinks were provided at the station bars before the whole party returned on the same train to Waterloo.  If you leave Waterloo on a train, look out of the window to the south and, just after you pass over Westminster Bridge Road, you can see where the spur joined the main tracks. These are the only remnants to a fascinating piece of Waterloo history.

  • Festivalcast on Morley Radio #4: Coin Street Remembers living in Waterloo

    Waterloo residents Abigail Tripp, member of Flux Soup, Tom Keller, resident of Palm Co-op and Coin Street Community Builders board member, and Natalie Bell, Head of Youth and Community Programmes at Coin Street, remember living through the changes in Waterloo over the last twenty years. Festivalcast, the Waterloo Festival's podcast series, is brought to you by Morley Radio.

  • Waterloo at home #3: Shakers, Fig Leaves and Pineapple Weed - cocktail recipes!

    Over the course of a series of features and blogposts, Flux Soup are presenting Waterloo at Home; a sensory journey through a Waterloo micro World. Introduction I would like to share with you two cocktail recipes inspired by people and place for this year’s Waterloo festival. Create your own Waterloo Cocktail Why not create your own recipes inspired by your Waterloo? Flux Soup would like to thank Jack for his inspiration, and do try our Fanatical Botanicals walk around Waterloo and look out for ingredients as you go!

  • Artists in Waterloo #1 - Joao Simoes-Brown

    Every Tuesday for the duration of Waterloo Festival 2020, we'll be meeting an artist who either lives in or is connected to Waterloo. Writing this blog post for the Waterloo Festival is an intriguing experience. I feel a little exposed, even though I’ve lived in Waterloo for well over twenty years with my daughters and husband, but I am also confident in the kindness of the many friends we have made here, in this unique community at the heart of London. If you happen to be near York Road, have a look at the Morley College & Waterloo, Past Present and Future installation there. The Waterloo Festival (online) is a testimony to the resilience, creativity and hope of the human family.

  • The Story of Waterloo #2: The Canterbury Music Hall

    This piece about the Canterbury Music Hall was originally written for the Lambeth North Music Hall Song and Supper Evening in 2015 by Mark Ormerod and local resident Dolly Thompson. The Canterbury Music Hall. Lithograph after drawing by S. Field The music hall originated from public houses and taverns in the mid-19th century. Many had what were called “singing rooms” in which patrons would be called upon to sing a ballad or comedy song. A chairman was appointed by the customers to invite patrons on to the stage. The best singers were paid as a rule in food and drink. Later in the 19th century many of the larger pubs had purpose built rooms erected, which were in fact the beginning of the music hall. The main entertainers were now usually professionals. The rapid development of this entertainment culminated in the building of grand music halls bigger than the pubs they originated from. The Canterbury Music Hall, probably the most visited in our area of Lambeth, was situated in Carlisle Lane, just past the post office in Westminster Bridge Road. The building was completed in 1854 by Charles Morton and was known as the first music hall, lit by gas, with an open platform stage with rows of dining tables serving food and drink. The chairman sat below stage with his gavel. Remains of the Canterbury Music Hall in Westminster Bridge Road, Lambeth after wartime damage caused by bombs in 1942 by Geoffrey Fletcher The rapid decline of music halls was attributed to the popularity of the films and the appearance of lavish super cinemas. A description of the new hall is given in J. E. Richie’s contemporary survey of the capital’s amusements, The Night Side of London: “A well-lighted entrance attached to a public house indicates that we have reached our destination. We proceed up a few stairs lined with handsome engravings, to a bar, where we pay sixpence if we take a seat in the body of the hall, and ninepence if we ascend into the gallery. We make our way leisurely along the floor of the hall, which is well lighted, and capable of holding 1,500 people. A balcony extends round the room in the form of a horse-shoe. At the opposite end to that at which we enter is a platform, on which are placed a grand piano and a harmonium on which the performers play in the intervals when the previous singers have left the stage. The chairman sits just beneath them. It is dull work for him, but there he must sit drinking and smoking cigars from seven to twelve o’clock. The room is crowded, and almost every gentleman has a pipe or cigar in his mouth. Evidently the majority present are respectable mechanics or small tradesmen with their wives and daughters and sweethearts. Now and then you see a midshipman, or a few fast clerks and warehousemen. Everyone is smoking, and everyone has a glass before him; but the class that come here are economical and chiefly confine themselves to pipes and porter.”

  • We are seeking an Artist-in-Residence

    This project is one of the series of exciting ventures we are launching in the coming weeks as part of Waterloo Well. Waterloo Well is St John’s Waterloo and the Bridge at Waterloo’s response to Covid-19. St John’s Waterloo is not only a landmark building in the heart of London but also curates a varied artistic programme of professional and amateur orchestras, ensembles, visual art, community events and the annual Waterloo Festival. Employer: The Bridge at Waterloo, registered charity of St John’s Waterloo Accountable to: The Trustees of the Bridge at Waterloo Line Manager: Artistic Director of St John’s Waterloo This is a part time post of 12 days (specific days and times to be agreed), spread over 6 months. For any further information, contact Euchar Gravina (Artistic Director, St John’s Waterloo) at

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