The road takes its name from the ferry rendered superfluous by the construction of the Lambeth Bridge in 1862. Owned by the Archbishop of Canterbury, the ferry allowed passage over the Thames, from Westminster Palace to Lambeth Palace. The Horseferry Road Y.M.C.A. catered to as many as four thousand soldiers. During World War I, the Australian Y.M.C.A pooled their resources with the United States, Canada, England, and New Zealand to form the International Hospitality League, which provided social services to all Allied troops. From January 1918 to April 1921, 826,338 men were dealt with by Y.M.C.A. street patrols; 1,195,496 were welcome in the social rooms; 55,008 provided with free hospitality and entertainment in private homes; thousands of men were taken from the streets and assisted to their quarters; 301,548 were kept from the temptations of the streets by free entertainments in theatres and other places of amusement; and 170,637 were piloted round historic London by honorary guides. This slide is part of Springfield College’s collection of lantern slides depicting Australian Y.M.C.A. war work during World War I.
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