Memories of working life in Nine Elms

Memories of working life in Nine Elms

Historian Sean Creighton will deliver a talk supported with archive images.

In the 17th century Battersea began to attract a steady flow of trades. It was along the riverfront, especially Nine Elms, that these tended to congregate, due to the Thames providing the only effective means of transporting heavy goods at the time.

Using archive images, Historian Sean Creighton will trace the major development changes in Nine Elms, from an area of marshland and market gardening with some riverside industry, to an industrial area dominated by railway yards, the Gas works, Nine Elms Brewery, water works and other industrial enterprises. His talk will cover the changes in the workforce employed in these activities and the role of activists like John Burns, John Archer and Charlotte Despard.

Sean will also look at how the 1930’s brought another wave of change, with the building of Battersea Power Station and the beginnings of the Savona and Patmore Estate, and examine the closure of British Rail’s Nine Elms yard and depot and the development of the New Covent Garden Market.

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