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Vauxhall

A district of south west London, located on the south bank of the River Thames.  The name is derived from Fawkes Hall, the London home of Margaret de Redvers and her husband Falkes di Breauté in the late 12th and early 13th century.

Vauxhall has a rich local history, influenced by its proximity to the Thames and to central London.  In contrast to Westminster on the north side of the River, Vauxhall is characterised by its traditional working class roots.   Today the area contains a great deal of social housing, along with light industry and office developments – including the Secret Intelligence Service (MI6) building on Albert Embankment, close to Vauxhall Bridge.