Vassall (ward)

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Vassall ward is an administrative division of the London Borough of Lambeth, United Kingdom. It is also known as 'Myatt's Field' when informally describing the area. It is located in the North of borough bordering Southwark, in the SW9 and SE5 postcode area. The area is named for Henry Vassall-Fox, 3rd Baron Holland who was responsible for the first building development in the area in the 1820s.

The ward is made up of mostly Brixton but includes parts of Stockwell, Camberwell, Oval and a very small part of Kennington. The ward is noted for its high numbers of households living in deprived conditions. Housing stock in the ward ranges from large detached houses to towerblocks - ONS figures show that over 61% of housing in the ward is rented from the local authority or from a housing association with many people living on large housing estates such as the Myatts Fields North, Myatts Fields South, Cowley, Holland Town and Caldwell Gardens estate.

St John the Divine, on Vassall Road, SW9
Christ Church, Brixton Road, SW9

The ward contains several open spaces and parks including Myatt's Fields Park, Mostyn Gardens and Slade Gardens. It also contains the churches of St John the Divine, Kennington and Christ Church Brixton Road. At the 2011 Census the population of the ward was 14,143.[1]

Vassall ward is located in the Vauxhall parliamentary constituency and is one of four wards in the borough's north Lambeth division.

Lambeth Council elections 2010 & 2014[edit]

At the Lambeth Council elections, 2010 residents of Vassall ward elected two Labour Party councillors (Kingsley Abrams & Adrien Garden) & a Liberal Democrat (Steve Bradley).

In the 2014 election, 3 Labour councillors were elected (Jacqui Dyer MBE, Paul Gadsby and Annie Gallop). Previous Vassall ward councillors include Dan Sabbagh and Kitty Ussher.

Former residents of Vassall ward[edit]

Artist Vincent van Gogh briefly lived in Hackford Road in Vassall ward. Other famous former Vassall inhabitants include Prime Minister John Major who lived in Burton Road, music hall artist Dan Leno and landscape painter David Cox.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Lambeth Ward population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 12 October 2016. 

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Coordinates: 51°28′30″N 0°06′32″W / 51.475°N 0.109°W / 51.475; -0.109