World English Dictionary
Vauxhall (ˈvɒksˌhɔːl)
1.  a district in London, on the south bank of the Thames
2.  Also called: Vauxhall Gardens a public garden at Vauxhall, laid out in 1661; a fashionable meeting place and site of lavish entertainments. Closed in 1859

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Word Origin & History

popular pleasure garden on south bank of Thames in London, c.1661-1859; the name is M.E. Faukeshale (1279), "Hall or manor of a man called Falkes," an O.Fr. personal name.
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