This page contains links to trancribed source material contemporary with Vauxhall Gardens. All attempts have been made to ascertain that the material is out of copyright. In the event of this not being so, please contact me via my Contacts link.

1712 Spectator
1732 Spring Gardens
1732 The Ladies Delight
1732 Epistle from Sir John Meretrix to Diana Goddess of Chastity
1737 Ridotto
1737 Hercules Macsturdy: A Trip to Vauxhall
1738 Common Sense
1738 Odes to the Handel Statue
1739 Greenwood Hall
1739–1740 Toupee writing in :

The Scots Magazine I, July 1739

The Scots Magazine I, August 1739

The Scots Magazine I, Sept 1739

The Scots Magazine II, June 1740

November 1739 The Trip to Vauxhall from The Scots Magazine I,
1741 Turkish Paradise
1742 The Evening Lessons
1742 The Champion
1746 The Visiter
1750 The British Magazine
1750 The Reprisal
1751 a Sketch of the Spring-Gardens, Vauxhall
1752 Christopher Smart: The Midwife
1755 Connoisseur
1762 A Description of Vauxhall Gardens
1765 Gentleman's Magazine
1785 John Gilpin
1827 Tour in England, Ireland, and France in The Years 1826, 1827, 1828, AND 1829. With Remarks on .The Manner and Customs of the Inhabitants and Anecdotes of Distinguished Public Characters by a German Prince Contains a decription of the re-enactment of the Battle of Waterloo
1835 Cruikshank's Comic Almanack
1745-1848 Vauxhall Songbooks
1859 Punch, 6 August 1859




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Bodleian Library Oxford: The James Winston Collection, 5 Volumes (Gough Adds. Surrey C. 21-25)

British Library: The Jacob Henry Burn Collection, a single volume, 1709-1874 ( CUP. 401. K7)

Duchy Of Cornwall Office, Buckingham Gate, London: folders of unbound material

The Garrick Club, London: William Fraser Collection, a single volume

The Guildhall Library, London: Noble Collection (C27). (See also London Metropolitan Archive)

Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library:
The Evert Jansen Wendell Bequest, single volume (TS 943.6.8F)
Robert Gould Shaw Collection, 9 volumes (TS 952.2F)
The Richard Macnutt Collection, also at Harvard, (currently uncatalogued) includes a significant group of Vauxhall songs and music

Lambeth Archives Department, London: Vauxhall Gardens Archive , 6 volumes and a large collection of unbound material (no shelfmark)

London Metropolitan Archive, Print Room: Fillingham Collection on The Public Gardens of London, 1861 (Formerly in the Guildhall Library)

Museum of London Library: Warwick Wroth Collection, 4 volumes on Vauxhall, 2 volumes on other London Pleasure Gardens

Royal College of Music Library, London: single volume (XLI.A23.1-2)

Royal Opera House Covent Garden Archive: manuscript diaries of Frederick Gye the younger,

The University of California, Davis: Peter J. Shields Library, Special Collections: the Vauxhall Gardens Collection purchased in 1977 from Motley Books, Romsey, UK

The University of London, Senate House Library, Harry Price Library: single volume on Vauxhall and Ranelagh 1727-1890 (HPF/3C/2)

Victoria and Albert Museum, Theatre Collection:
H.R. Beard Collection (Folder 112)
Enthoven Collection, three boxes of unbound ephemera
F.W. Fairholt Collection (1892), three volumes

Ephemera in Public Collections