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Clapham Common, London

#44 of 159 in Parks in London
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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  • One of the best restaurants to have pizzas in Clapham Common, friendly staff, service is quick,and not to forget the very good Italian beer.  more »
  • Visited here for the Christmas Winter Wonderville. This is a free of entry event on the south side of the park and well worth attending. Lots to do in side. Event includes Bars Entertainment Food Fest...  more »
  • I visited Clapham Common because I had relatives who lived on the common in the nineteenth century. Also, because of its historical links to William Wilberforce and the Clapham Sect, the Abolition of ...  more »
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