The influence of African-Caribbean culture in Lambeth is not a modern development; people of African origin have been connected to Lambeth since the late 17th Century.

This walk traces some of these footsteps. (Walk taken from Lambeth Archives’s Lambeth Black History Walk)


  • 1.

    The Oval Cricket Ground

    Oval Cricket Ground, Kennington Oval, London, SE11 5SS
    In 1928 the West Indies played their first test match at this venue. During their victorious 1976 tour, 291 of Viv Richards’ 829 runs were scored here and Michael Holding took 6 wickets for 57 runs. The Oval was also the scene of the Scottish Football team’s historic victory over England in March 1881. Captaining Scotland that day was Andrew Watson, widely believed to be Britain’s first blackprofessional footballer.
  • 2.

    St Mark’s Church

    St Mark’s, 337 Kennington Park Rd, London, SE11 4PW
    St Mark’s stands at the beginning of Brixton Road. In the early 18th century Brixton Road was a track connecting Kennington Common to Rush Common and the pastures of Streatham Common and was known as Brixton Causeway. Between November 1722 and February 1723, an individual described only as ‘the Black woman at Brixton Causway’ appeared to have recieved money from the Parish of St. Mary’s Lambeth for herself and her ‘bastard child’. Two other black people, John Duke and Henry Mundox are also mentioned during the same period. These are amongst the earliest records of black people living in Lambeth
  • 3.

    250 Brixton Road

    250 Brixton Road, Brixton, London, SW9 6AQ
    An inconspicous door currently marks the spot from which the West Indian Gazette was published until 1964. During the late 1960s and 1970s this property also housed the offices of the West Indian Observer as well as Campbell’s Record Shop, one of the first distributors of AfricanCaribbean music in South London.
  • 4.

    Lambeth Archives at the Minet Library

    52 Knatchbull Road, Brixton, London SE5 9QY
    Lambeth Archives’s Black History resources include registers of baptisms, marriages and deaths, as well as newspapers and literature relating to local, national and global Black histories.
  • 5.

    Longfield Hall

    105 Knatchbull Road, Brixton, London SE5 9QY
    Facing the Archive building is Longfield Hall, this was the home of the Dark and LIght Theatre, the first government funded Black theatre company in Britain to have its own building. Created by Frank Cousins in 1971, Dark and LIght performed plays by writers from all over the African diaspora until he stepped down as artistic director in 1977.
  • 6.

    Railton Road

    104 Railton Road, Brixton, London SE24 0JY
    On 13 April 1981, following a week long police operation which resulted in almost 1,000 mostly black young men being stopped and searched, Atlantic Road and Railton Road became the centre of 3 days of rioting which left 65 civillians and 300 policemen injured. The ‘Brixton Riots’ led to the Scarman Report and the establishment of the Police Complaints Authority