Pratt Walk

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Survey of London: Volume 23, Lambeth: South Bank and Vauxhall. Originally published by London County Council, London, 1951.

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A house at the corner of Pratt Walk and Lambeth Road formerly bore a tablet inscribed “Pratt Street, 1775.” (fn. 1) The street was laid out on copyhold land (fn. n1) held by Sir Joseph Mawbey, Bart., and named after his wife's and his mother's family. (fn. n2) Of the original houses only Nos. 4–8 (consec.) now remain.

Architectural Description

Nos. 4–8 form a terrace of houses whose regularity is broken only by the varying of their doorcase detail. They are built in stock brick with gauged flat arches and windows in recess.

Figure 49:

Nos. 4–12 Pratt Walk, elevation. Measured drawing by Evelyn Prior

The doorway to No. 5 has a plain panelled wood surround and flat hood, while those to Nos. 6 and 7 are similar, though their hoods are set forward and have fluted friezes. No. 8 has an open pedimented doorcase with a key-block above the semi-circular fanlight. Nos. 9–12 form a more humble terrace one storey less in height; like Nos. 4–8, they have plain parapets and copings.


  • n1. The ground had belonged to the Jackson family for the previous century. When it was purchased by Mawbey in 1762 it comprised a messuage, barn, stable and garden containing 4 acres. Mawbey also owned the adjoining ground in Church Street (Lambeth Road) on which stood the Britannia and 4 tenements, and 21 tenements in Nevill's Yard.
  • n2. Sir Joseph's mother, Martha, was the granddaughter of John Pratt, who served as a Colonel on the Parliament side in the Civil war. Sir Joseph's wife, Elizabeth Pratt, was John Pratt's great granddaughter by another line.
  • 1. Home Counties Mag., vol. 6, 1924.
  • 2. Church Commissioners: Deeds, 171197, fol. 202.