Estate Agents in Kennington, SE11

Estate Agents in Kennington, SE11

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Kennington SE11

Despite its central location Kennington was one of South London’s best kept secret until the last few years.  With housing stock varying from grand Georgian properties (arranged over 5 floors in some cases) to local authority blocks, it’s fair to say that SE11 has something to offer a multitude of budgets. The area is bordered by Vauxhall (to the west) Waterloo (north) Elephant & Castle (East) and Oval/Stockwell (South). There are significant landmarks within Kennington such as the Imperial War Museum, Kennington Park and The ‘Kia’ Oval.  Cleaver Square is a beautiful location very popular in the summer months although it has to be said that Kennington has many more desirable and sought after locations to offer such as Courtenay Square/Street, Methley Street, St Mary’s Gardens and West Square to name but a few.

Kennington is also known for its political residents – it sits within the Division bell for the Houses of Parliament which means (in theory) any MP required to vote can be there within 10 minutes. It also forms part of the congestion zone.

Nearest Train Station: Kennington (Charing X and Bank branch of the Northern Line)
London Bus Routes: 3, 36, 59, 133, 155, 159, 185, 333, 415, 436
Borough: Lambeth (There are some roads that fall within the Borough of Southwark)
Local Schools: Henry Fawcett Primary School, Archbishop Tenison’s School, Lilian Baylis Technology School, St Annes RC Primary School, Saint Marks Church of England Primary School  City & Guilds of London Art School

Elephant & Castle SE1

Alas, there is no known history of a castle surrounded by elephants, instead it is widely accepted that the area derived its name from a local pub. The ‘Elephant’ as referred to by many locals has and continues to undergo substantial redevelopment with numerous new residential blocks being built. Not particularly known for its wealth of period properties there are however some pretty Victorian streets such as Colnbrook and Gladstone Street. The shopping centre opened in 1965, the first covered mall in Europe, and was the first covered shopping mall in Europe (home to 120 shops arranged over 3 floors).  Historically viewed as an area of great ethnic diversity it has in recent years seen a certain amount of gentrification with its proximity to both the City and the West End making it popular for young professionals and investors alike.

Today the names of the early settlement lives on in two roads – Newington Causeway and Newington Butts which lie either side of the present day junction.  Many historians believe that ‘Butts’ is a reference to archery butts; a strip of land dedicated to practicing bow and arrow firing.  During the medieval era, such exercise grounds existed all over the kingdom thanks to a law drawn up in 1252 which stated that all Englishman between the ages of 15 and 60 were required to own a bow and to practice their shooting skills every Sunday.

Nearest train station: Elephant & Castle Underground (Bakerloo & Northern line), Elephant & castle railway Station (Thameslink)
London Bus Routes: 1, 12, 35, 40, 45, 53, 63, 68,133, 136,148, 155, 168, 171, 172, 176, 188, 196, 333, 343, 363, 415, 468

Camberwell SE5

Further south of Walworth you will come across Camberwell which also borders Peckham, Brixton and Herne Hill. It offers an array of amenities and shops as well as several art galleries including South London Gallery whilst it is also home to Kings College Hospital. Camberwell offers a mixture of well preserved Georgian and 20th Century housing with Camberwell Grove, Grove Lane, and Addington Square home to some of London’s most elegant and well preserved Georgian houses.

As with Kennington, Camberwell has large green open spaces and Burgess Park has recently undergone a multi-million pound redevelopment.

Until about 1800 Camberwell was a farming village surrounded by woods and fields. The village was based around its High Street, now called Denmark Hill in honour of Prince George of Denmark, the husband of Queen Anne, who had a residence there. The village contained a traditional village green, which still exists, and it was here that Camberwell fair was held. The first record of a fair is in 1279.

Nearest train Station & Tube: Denmark Hill (Thameslink, Southeastern & London Overground)
London Bus Routes: 12, 35, 36, 40, 42, 45, 68, 148, 171, 176, 185, 345, 436, 468, 484
Borough: Southwark
Local Schools: The Highshore School, Oliver Goldsmith Primary school, John Ruskin Primary School, St John The Divine C of E Primary School, Brunswick Park Primary School, St Joseph Catholic School, Crawford Primary School

Oval

Oval is a small but none the less popular geographical area where the SW8, SW9 and SE11 postcodes converge.

Within the area there are some splendid streets with sought after period properties such as Claylands Rd, Fentiman  Road, Offley Road and Richborne Terrace.

Kennington Park and The Kia Oval cricket ground can be found across the road from Oval underground station (Northern line) whilst its proximity to Brixton, Clapham, The City and the West End means that the area is particularly popular with young professionals.
Clapham Road (which runs from Oval underground station through to Clapham High St) was originally an ancient Roman military road called Stane Street.

The site now occupied by St Marks Church (opposite the station) was once part of Kennington Common and was notorious as a place for public executions, in fact it is claimed that it was once the second largest place for executions in London!

Did you know that the Oval was the venue of the first FA Cup final in 1872?

Nearest Train Station & Tube: Oval (Northern line tube), Vauxhall (Mainline & Victoria tube)
London Bus routes: 3, 36, 59, 133, 155,159,185,333,415,436
Local Schools: Ashmole Primary School, Archbisop Tenison’s School
Post codes: SW8, SW9, SE11

Stockwell

The manor of Stockwell was formed in the late 13th Century when King Edward I acquired the manor of South Lambeth and divided it into the two manors of Stockwell and Vauxhall. The name ‘Stokewell’ means the well by the stump or wood and there was a Stockwell Wood till the 17th century.

Fast forward to the 21st Century and you will find remnants of the grandeur that was a trademark of the area in the 19th Century. Locations such as Albert Square, Durand Gardens, Stockwell Park Rd and Stockwell Park Crescent form part of the Stockwell Park Conservation area.

Did you know that Stockwell is also home to one of the UK’s largest Portuguese communities known as ‘Little Portugal’?

Nearest Train Station & Tube: Stockwell (Northern & Victoria line tube)
London Bus routes: 50, 88, 155, 345, P5
Local Schools: Stockwell Primary School, Stockwell Park High
Post Codes: SW8, SW9 (part of SW4)

Vauxhall

It is widely accepted that Vauxhall derives its name from Falkes de Breaute who built a house here in the reign of King John (1167 – 1216). It was formerly known as Fulkes Hall, Faukeshall and Foxhall.

History depicts Vauxhall as a place where Londoners flocked to see the shows and entertainment at the Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens (as far back as 1662). Vauxhall was also the birth place for Alex Wilson & Company (1857) before they then expanded and relocated to Luton, we now know them under their current trading name of Vauxhall Motors.

Vauxhall is an integral part of exciting redevelopment that is taking place from Battersea Power Station up to and including Elephant & Castle. Nine Elms will see the arrival of the new American Embassy (due for completion 2017) whilst the majority of the riverside is occupied by new residential developments such as St Georges Wharf. Keeping an eye on everything is The Secret Intelligence Service (M16) whose purpose built headquarters is situated at Vauxhall Cross.

Housing stock in the area is mixed with a number of low-rise blocks and surviving Georgian and Victorian houses. Bonnington Square in particular (originally built for the railway workers in 1870) is a most sought after Vauxhall location.

Did you know that Vauxhall Bridge was the first ever Iron bridge to cross the River Thames (built in 1811) and it is thought that it has the remains of what appears to be the oldest of all London bridges dating as far back as the bronze ages?

Nearest Train Station & Tube: Vauxhall (Mainline & Victoria line)
London Bus Routes: 2, 36,77,87,88,156,185,196,344,360,436
Local Schools: Vauxhall Primary School, Wyvil Primary School
Postcodes: SW8

Walworth

With no other significant shopping area in the immediate vicinity Walworth Road (in theory) is the ‘High St’ that serves both Kennington and Elephant & Castle. It stretches from ‘The Castle’ to the edge of Burgess Park.

There are some extremely popular Victorian streets situated in SE17 with roads such as Sharsted St, Ambergate St, Alberta St and De Laune Street (to name but 4) considered by many as ‘Kennington’ locations due to their proximity to Kennington Station and Kennington Park.

The Pullens Buildings situated on Alberta St, Crampton St, Iliffe Street Penton Place and Peacock Street are some of the last surviving Victorian tenement buildings in London and they are protected by ‘conservation area’ status.

Increasingly popular over the last few years due largely in the main to the rise in property prices in neighbouring Kennington & Vauxhall, Walworth certainly has plenty to offer.

During the reign of the Anglo-Saxon King Edmund (from 934 to 946), the area was given away as a gift to a court jester, named Hitard. The jester went on a pilgrimage to Rome and, it being a treacherous journey he decided to bequeath his property while still alive. He made the lands of Walworth over to the monks of Canterbury Cathedral. To this day certain parts of Walworth are still owned by the church, for example Liverpool Grove.

Did you know that the bones and teeth of a prehistoric Woolly Mammoth were found under Hillingdon Street, just off the Walworth Road?

Nearest train station: Kennington Underground Station (Northern line), Elephant & Castle Underground / Railway
London Bus Routes: 12, 35, 40, 42, 45, 68, 148, 171, 176, 468, P5
Local Schools: St Pauls Primary School, St Johns Walworth C of E School, St Peters C of E Primary School, Crampton Primary School, Surrey Square Junior School
Postcode: SE17

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