Monthly Archives: April 2017

City Views from Crystal Palace

At this time of year, the trees in London start to become green once more and the cycle of nature tells us that ‘summer is just around the corner’. Much of London is completely flat. Its cross-section has been likened … Continue reading

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Plough Pub, Clapham

“A Moment in Time” The picture shows a busy scene at Clapham, with the shops in the foreground and trees on Clapham Common in the background. The main road is at the point where Clapham High Street changes its name … Continue reading

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George Inn, Borough High Street

The 23 April is a saint’s day in England – not just a saint’s day but St George’s Day – celebrating the patron saint of England. The pub name of ‘St George’ or ‘St George and the Dragon’ were once … Continue reading

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Clapham Common Underground Station

Above: Looking along the island platforms from the original (western) end. The underground station only has two platforms which form an island between the northbound and southbound tracks. There were three stations which had this layout. One was Angel Underground … Continue reading

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Windmill Inn, Clapham Common

Above: The Windmill Inn today. When compared with the painting below, it will be seen that the Georgian windows on the façade are remarkably similar. A mill and a house once stood on or near the site of today’s pub. … Continue reading

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Clapham Common Bandstand

The Victorians were very keen on social events and, having laid out many parks in London, they often provided a bandstand – particularly for musical entertainment on Sunday afternoons. In the case of Clapham, the bandstand was not erected inside … Continue reading

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St Paul, Rectory Grove, Clapham

Above: The west front of the present church of St Paul. The first parish church in the village of Clapham was the church of St Mary – at the northern end of Rectory Grove. It was first mentioned in 1232. … Continue reading

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Clapham Overview

Above: Shops and Georgian buildings above them which line one side of The Pavement which is beside Clapham Common. The great sprawling mass of densely built-up streets that forms Inner London today derived from a large number of villages, each … Continue reading

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Chaucer’s Pilgrims – The Miller

Above: A well-known woodcut of the Miller in an early edition of the ‘Canterbury Tales’. He is shown sitting on his horse, playing his bagpipes. The depiction is not quite correct because it fails to show the Miller’s red beard … Continue reading

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Forest Hill Col

Above: Looking towards Forest Hill in March from the highest part of Mountsfield Park. All the greenery in the foreground is part of the park itself. The large blocks in the middle-distance are mainly in Catford. On the horizon, we … Continue reading

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