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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 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".
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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, ...  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...  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. 
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  • One of the best parks in south London. Especially good for team and group exercise. There are several boot camps going on ever day.
  • Essentially a large green space with undistinguished ponds and a noteworthy renovated bandstand. Ample facilities but little of note. Historic buildings scattered on the perimeters, especially on the NW axis are worthwhile.
  • Lots of space to sunbathe. High density of good looking people. Not much to see or do in the common though.
  • One of my favorite parks in London. Beautiful around Autumn time when the leaves change color. There's also a great breakfast spot called Fields right in the middle of the park.
  • One of my favourite park in London, great place to do sport as there is lot of people going there in that purpose. As it is pretty flat is it really easy to do a football game or a running session.