Clapham History Books

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“In ancient times Clapham was a secluded Surrey village, clustered round a manor house and church. By the seventeenth century, the wealthy of London were building houses here as rural retreats and, by 1800, their mansions in extensive grounds surrounded Clapham Common, which was becoming a place of recreation. The development of the railways in the nineteenth century meant that families who could afford large houses moved further out to the countryside, selling off their ground to developers who built the terraced houses which cover the area today. Around forty years ago, after a period of neglect and bomb damage from the Second World War, the area started to become ‘gentrified’ and is now a desirable London suburb.
Clapham Through Time traces these changes over the years. A few mansions have survived and been put to new uses, several churches lost during the war have been replaced, Clapham Common is recognisable though used quite differently, but the greatest change is in the appearance of the ordinary streets – the shop fronts, vehicles and people. Many who have arrived in Clapham during the last few years will be amazed by its former appearance!”
Clapham Through Time

“This book aims to give a visual impression of the northern and western parts of the borough of Lambeth as they appeared in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Starting from the riverside area at the northern end, historically known as Lambeth (as distinct from the much greater extent of the modern borough), the districts covered include also Vauxhall, South Lambeth, Kennington, Stockwell and Clapham. Strictly speaking, the last-mentioned of these is an odd one out, since only with the local government reorganisation of 1964 did Clapham become part of Lambeth, having always previously been in Wandsworth. The photographs range in date through several generations from the mid-1860s to the Second World War. This book is a must-have for any visitor or resident wanting to understand the origins of Lambeth.”
– Lambeth, Kennington and Clapham (Britain in Old Photographs)

We also include the excellent Godfrey maps of Clapham, which show the streets, houses, public houses, etc., and have the bonus of having a Business Directory of the area on the reverse.

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