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Clapham Common, London

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Clapham Common is a large triangular urban park in Clapham, south London. Originally common land for the parishes of Battersea and Clapham, it was converted to parkland under the terms of the Metropolitan Commons Act 1878. It is 220acre of green space, with three ponds and a Victorian bandstand. It is overlooked by large Georgian and Victorian mansions and nearby Clapham Old Town.Holy Trinity Clapham, an 18th-century Georgian church overlooking the park, is important in the history of the evangelical Clapham Sect. Half of the park is within the London Borough of Wandsworth, and the other half is within the London Borough of Lambeth.HistoryOriginally common land for the parishes of Battersea and Clapham, William Hewer was among the early Londoners to build adjacent to it. Samuel Pepys, the diarist, died at Hewer's house in 1703. The land was drained in the 1760s, and from the 1790s onwards fine houses were built around the common as fashionable dwellings for wealthy business people in what was then a village detached from metropolitan London. Some later residents were members of the Clapham Sect of evangelical reformers, including Lord Teignmouth and Henry Thornton, the banker and abolitionist.
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  • Common is a much less well-known in London Park but is perfect for a picnic, or sport in group or enjoy for a while to air free. Located in the area of Clapham, is surrounded by cafés, bars and restaurants with lots of charm, and with many fewer tourists than Hyde Park :-)
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  • I ran in the Enormous Elephant Run in June 2017 which took us all over Clapham Common. I had never visited Clapham Common before and was amazed how lovely it was. It was a sunny day when I ran and the...  more »
  • Because the weather was not really, there was no mood to sit in this park. Clean and well-kept Park where you can enjoy the fresh air
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