infobox UK place
country = England
map_type = Greater London
postcode_district= SW2, SW4, SW8,SW9
Stockwell is an
inner cityarea of London, England, in the London Borough of Lambeth.
Stockwell is convert|2.4|mi|km|1 south south-east of
Charing Crossand located between Brixton, Clapham, Vauxhalland Kennington. The A3 road runs through Stockwell.
From the thirteenth to the start of the nineteenth century, Stockwell was a rural manor at the edge of London. It included market gardens and John Tradescant's botanical garden – commemorated in Tradescant Road, which was built over it in 1880, and in a memorial outside St Stephen's church. In the nineteenth century it developed as an elegant middle class suburb. Residents included the artist
Arthur Rackham, who was born in South Lambeth Road in 1867, moving with his family to Albert Square when he was 15.
Its social and architectural fortunes in the twentieth century were more mixed. Also, the area immediately around Stockwell tube station was extensively rebuilt following the Second World War.
The area also has much social housing. However, many remnants of the area's nineteenth century grandeur can be found in the side and back streets of Stockwell, notably in the [http://stockwellpark.com/ Stockwell Park Conservation Area] , built around 1840 and centred on Stockwell Park Road [http://stockwellpark.com/stockwell-park-road/] and Stockwell Park Crescent, [http://stockwellpark.com/stockwell-park-crescent/] and in the area's own Albert Square. The only twentieth century building of significant architectural interest in the area is
Stockwell Bus Garage. Before creation of the County of Londonin 1889, Stockwell was part of Surrey.
Essentially a Protestant district but with the usual Roman Catholic and non-conformist congregations. Many from the Afro-Caribbean community have brought their influence to bear on the expression of Christianity.
Population of Stockwell
Stockwell and neighbouring South Lambeth are home to the UK's biggest Portuguese communities, most originating in
Madeiraand Lisbon. They have established many cafes, restaurants, bakeries, neighbourhood associations and delicatessens. People of Caribbeanand of West African origin are also well represented locally such as in there Salon and Barbers Famous former and current residents of Stockwell include James Loizou, Lilian Bayliss, Edward Thomas, Vincent Van Gogh(briefly), French Resistance heroine Violette Szabo, Dominic Hyde, Joanna Lumley, Jerry Dammers, Roger Moore, Roots Manuva, Adam Buxton, Will Self, and Robert Kilroy-Silk [http://recycledbogrollblues.blogspot.com] .
Jean Charles de Menezes. Following the 21 July 2005 London bombings, Stockwell gained a certain unexpected and unwelcome notoriety as the scene of the shooting by police of an innocent Brazilian electrician, Jean Charles de Menezes, in the tube station and of the arrests of other suspects in nearby housing.
Transport and locale
Nearest tube station
Stockwell tube station
Nearest railway stations
Brixton railway station
* [http://www.welovelarkhall.com We Love Larkhall] Community website for residents of Larkhall ward in Stockwell
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