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St Agnes Place - No Bailiffs at Second Eviction Alert

. | 31.10.2003 17:49 | Free Spaces | Repression | Social Struggles | London

On Oct 30/31st, residents at St.Agnes were on alert, building baricades and erecting a scaffolding tower. Police was seen several times during these days, but the bailiffs didn't turn up - St. Agnes Place is still going!

The previous eviction due 24th Oct of 14 houses on St. Agnes Place, London, was called off when bailiffs saw the number of people who had turned up to help resist.

Update 23 Oct 03 | Pictures: St Agnes Community | Defending the Houses | Videos: 1+2+3+4+5+6+7+8+9 | Street Webcam
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Updates Friday 31st: 17:00pm

- No bailiffs have shown up and the alert has been called off. The residents of St Agnes have constructed a scaffolding tower on the building roof that is about 65 foot high which can be used for lock-ons in the case of eviction proceedings.
12:00pm - The street remains secure at this time. No sign of bailiffs up till now but residents are staying on alert.
9:30am - Bailiffs have not turned up yet. People are gathering in the street. Situation is quiet but the athmospere is tense.
Early morning - Residents still working away building up defences in the street. A tower has now been erected and a lot of the houses are getting first rate home security. Police turned up several times in the last few hours. [Report]

Update Thursday 30th

: Urgent call! - Bailiffs are due to return Friday 31st Oct.
7:00pm: Residents have been very busy erecting defences in the street. The bailiffs' van was spotted cruising up the street. Police presence has increased in the area, including a police helicopter circling a few times over the street. [Report]

Friday 24th October

10.45am: Great news from St Agnes Place, Lambeth Council have called off the eviction because resistance was too strong. Residents would like to thank all the people who turned out this morning to support them. The struggle to save their homes will continue (updates and news from - with police riot vans seen in the area activists however remain on alert [report | Photos]

9.40am Update: The bailiffs have driven along the street twice but did not stop, they were looking hard at all the people gathered to support the residents. TV cameras are here. There is a small police presence on the street. More people keep arriving, its great to see them and the residents feel better now they are here. The mood has definitely lifted and the sun is shining.....

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Lambeth County Court has issued warrants for the possession of 14 houses on the street. These warrants give the county court baliffs the authority to evict the fourteen families, who are required to remove ALL possessions and vacate the property before the stated time of eviction - 9.30am on Friday 24th October 2003.

St Agnes Place is the last street of its kind left in south London, and has provided sanctuary to thousands of people throughout the last 28 years. Home to Rastafarian International HQ, travellers and local Londoners, this multi ethnic community is facing being dessimated by Lambeth Council's bailiffs. They have called for people to help resist the eviction.

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Update: 23 Oct. 03

15 Squats are being evicted on Friday morning in St. Agnes Place, a long term squatted street behind Kennington Park, south London.

They are asking for as many people as possible to go down from 9.30 to support them... If you can go, or can let anyone know who can... Spread the word. The squatters here did prevent demolition in the 70s, including occupying Lambeth Town Hall, let's do it again.



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Sorry can't get there

21.10.2003 19:21

Best ofluck, can you let us know what happens by posting to indy, thanks and good luck again.



21.10.2003 19:30

For almost 30 years St Agnes Place in Kennington has provided a sanctuary for its many residents - the fight for St Agnes Place has been a remarkable one.

St Agnes Place is next to Kennington Park, South London.
nearest tubes:
Kennington and Oval:
Kennington -- 3, 109, 155, 159, 322.
Oval -- 3, 36, 109, 133, 155, 159, 185

The website is down, but haven't looked at it for ages so dunno if this is something new.

Check out the story of St Agnes and the Lambeth Fightback at:


Correct link for st agnes

21.10.2003 19:37


well, i never... !

22.10.2003 11:44

i used to live (actually squat) in camberwell years ago in the mid-80s, and as Kennington was my nearest tube station i must've passed this place regularly WITHOUT EVEN KNOWING ABOUT IT ! i recall another block of squatted apartments nearer to the Irrelevant and Ghastly (Elephant & Castle), which to be honest was a bit cliquish and not very friendly to outsiders. that of course was largely the result of the influence wielded by Ken Livingstone and the Labour party through the GLC. Disappointing to see so much metropolitan conceit and arrogance even among so-called radicals.


st agnes place - the story

22.10.2003 21:32

link to st agnes place film now live on the front page of the site

you will need real player (link to download on the website)

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Email Reminder

22.10.2003 22:05

Just a quick one to remind people that the contact email for the St Agnes CoMmUnItY is and the link to the film mentioned above can be found at and not at the Use Your Loaf social centre.
Thank You

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Contact the council

23.10.2003 08:47

Contact the Head of Housing at Lambeth, Stewart Holton, to ask why he is making people homeless!

Also, copy the message to Faith Boardman, Chief Executive of the London Borough of Lambeth:

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Cake in the Cafe

24.10.2003 22:21

Residents would like to thank all the people who turned out this morning to support them, and also all the many goodwill messages they have received : )
The Struggle to save their homes will continue, updates, news and further information available from
remember Wireless FM St Agnes very own netradio station will stay on air, check the forum for details of programming.

St Agnes Cafe EVENT

There will be a screening event in the cafe, no. 60 St Agnes Place tomorrow night Saturday 25th October from 8pm for 9pm.......Free inni.....cake and coffee on the menu...
Films will include........

Since the 12th of June 2002 Bilston Glen has been occupied & fortified by an ever expanding group of environmental activists. Bilston Glen is a SSSI and faces having a bypass ripped through it. The cost of the road is being funded by multinationals by sainsburys, ikea, costco, kwicksave and vivisection gm giants PPL therapeutics

ST. AGNES the film
a work in progress documenting the history of the street and highlighting homelessness in London

This inspiring, moving and at times hilarious feature length documentary presents the inside story of the NO M11 Campaign, and featuring the battle for Wanstead's George Green, the Wanstonia eviction and the celebrated roof top protests of 1994. Against the backdrop of growing resistance to the Criminal Justice Act, their video charts the emergence of Claremont Road as an extraordinary symbol of cultural defiance and relieves what became the most expensive eviction in British history. The video features the music of: Zion Train, The Clash and the Levellers.

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st agnes situation as at 7pm 30th october

30.10.2003 23:45

Update Thursday, October 30, 2003 - 07:00 PM

Today residents have been very busy erecting defences in the street. This afternoon the baliffs van was spotted cruising up the street and back down again, the police helicopter also paid us a visit and circled a few times probably collecting a few choice snapshots for their album....

there have been quite a few police vehicles (more than usual ) passing through as well. All this points to the fact that the evicting forces of darkness might pay us a visit in the morning - friday - however there is nothing definite as goes without saying that if anybody is in the area tomorrow morning the residents would be very glad to see them but I repeat there is no definite word as yet that they will come, however it is certainly wise for us all to be prepared.....
cafe is open and serving hot drinks....the work teams will be active through the night tonight....if you could spare a couple of hours to help that would be great....also we urgently need tools, drills especially, chain, scaffold clips, cement and concrete, d locks, wire mesh and grills, long nails, metal pipe, oil drums, lots of rope and anything else you think might be useful......
cheers : )

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Pictures from St. Agnes

01.11.2003 18:07