Clapham Common, London
Categories: Nature & Parks
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 half within the London Borough of Lambeth.HistoryOriginally common land for the parishes of Battersea and Clapham; the land was drained in the 1760s, and fine houses were built around the common from the 1790s onwards, which became fashionable dwellings for wealthy business people in what was then a village detached from metropolitan London. Some were members of the Clapham Sect of evangelical reformers, including Lord Teignmouth and Henry Thornton, the banker and abolitionist.J. M. W. Turner painted "View on Clapham Common" between 1800-1805, showing that even though the common had been drained, it still remained "quite a wild place".Take a look at our London itinerary planner to schedule your visit to Clapham Common and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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We used to live near Clapham Common in 1958 - in fact a flat in a nearby street was our first married home! The common is large and well-kept, with a pond, play area, tea place, a pub (our old local, ... read more »
I went to Clapham Common to attend Madness' House of Commons event. I had to walk through the common to reach the event and could not get over how big the common was. I thoroughly enjoyed the walk and... read more »
Visited here for the Madness House of Common festival. Nice park for the event walked threw the park some nice areas around loved the bandstand.
Hardly a hidden gem, but still one of the top big green spaces in South Central London. Clapham Common goes on for miles and miles, with much of it fine to cycle around, although watch out for a few potholes and bits of bad ground. Lots of gigs and functions going on when the weather's good, with huge marquees set up, but the area is so big they don't get in the way. Exit via the most northerly point for posh Clapham Old Town.
C G Ellison
It' s Clapham and it's a common not much more to say! Clean so safe for children. Great looking bandstand and seating area. One end has an outdoor gym that is well stocked and well used! Nice place to go when in the city.
A really big, well looked after park. Lots of discreet areas for different activities, and plenty of space for everyone. Ice creams are a but expensive, but that's not the parks fault.
An amazing resource for Londoners and the surrounding inhabitants. Caution though, no barbecues are allowed. Perfect for lounging in during the summer and autumn walks. Pack a picnic!
Lovely vast open space which is popular with all sorts on a sunny spring day. It's quite often full with families, couples, sports teams, dog walkers and personal trainers. A great spot for people watching and sitting around the boating lake watching the boats.
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