Clapham in ancient times 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 the 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 grounds to developers who built the terraced houses which cover the area today. After a period of neglect and Second World War bomb damage the area started to become 'gentrified' about 40 years ago and is now a desirable London suburb. This book traces in photographs the changes over the years. A few mansions have survived and been put to new uses, several churches lost during the war have been replaced, the 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!
Product code: AQIYH
Publisher: Amberley Publishing
Dimensions: 23.6cm x 16.6cm
Publish date: 15/11/2015
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