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Clapham Common's Posts

Posted by Dr Stephen King, Westminster Tour Guide on Tuesday, February 9, 2021,

Hiding in plain sight on Clapham Common are a series of fairly dull-looking brown posts. Anonymous and overlooked, these posts mark a dark bit of the Common's history. The Common, as the name suggests, was common land, people could graze their sheep, collect firewood and get water. 


Now there has always been a bit of tension between Clapham and neighbour Battersea about the rights to these freedoms. This tension was only heightened when during the English Civil War the lord of Battersea suppo...

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Clapham's Hidden Classical Temple

Posted by Dr Stephen King, Westminster Tour Guide on Thursday, January 21, 2021, In : Georgian 

Clapham Common has a hidden history from Samuel Pepys and Noel Coward to the first successful measurement of the weight of the planet. Not bad for an often overlooked suburb.


One of the hidden features is Clapham’s very own classic temple. From the 17th century onwards Clapham became the place to be, as connections to the City improved and highwaymen decreased, meaning that you could do a day’s work in the dirty, unhealthy commercial centre and return safely to your family in the country ...

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