15 March 2016

New street naming consultation near Van Gogh Walk

Lambeth council has opened a new consultation asking for resident's thoughts on the naming of the accessway at the southern end of Hackford Road (informally known as Hackford Walk, close to the award winning Van Gogh Walk space).

Local developers have suggested either Sunflower Close or Helianthus Close because:
The painter Vincent Van Gogh lodged at the home of Ursula Loyer and her daughter Eugenie at 87 Hackford Road, in 1873, while working at the art dealership Goupil & Co.

Sunflowers are closely associated with Van Gogh and are the subject of two of Van Gogh most famous series of still life paintings. The Latin name for the common Sunflower is ‘Helianthus annuus’.
Local resident Elaine Kramer, heavily involved in the creation of Van Gogh Walk space, suggested an alternative, Elephant Walk. She said:

As a local resident and I would like to propose an alternative to the name Sunflower Close which reflects another fascinating aspect of our local history.

Next to the current Hackford Walk stands the TypeArchive  which is housed in buildings originally leased by the Church Commissioners to veterinary surgeons Prince & King in 1895.

In 1912 the buildings were described in the local press as a ‘Hotel for 4 legged Animals,’ specialising in the regular care of sick horses and dogs, and providing seasonal accommodation for small circus animals, including baby elephants and a baby zebra. in 1912 they were home to two baby elephants, brought from India by the Daily Mirror as mascots for a charity.

In 1992 the site became the home for the National Typefounding Collection. The world famous Type Archive is Lambeth's first Community Listed Building and uses an elephant as its logo. Elephant Walk or Sunflower Close?

If you have thoughts on these suggestions, or have your own, please contact Lambeth here with your thoughts.The consultation closes on the 9 April.