tue09apr12:00 amLondon Walk: Clapham CommonLed by Sinclair Johnston12:00 am Book now

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Led by Sinclair Johnston. Originally common land for the parishes of Battersea and Clapham, Clapham Common is one of London’s largest open spaces. Surrounded by fine Georgian and Victorian mansions, William Hewer, Samuel Pepys’ manservant and clerk, was one of the first to build on land adjacent to the common, with Pepys dying in 1703 in the house Hewer built. 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. J. M. W. Turner painted “View on Clapham Common” between 1800 and 1805, showing that even though the common had been drained, it still remained “quite a wild place”. Starting at the grade II*-listed Holy Trinity Church, built 1776, the walk will follow an 1849 map of the common, taking in a variety of Georgian buildings before ending with refreshments in the remnant of a 1770 mansion on the south side of the park.


(Tuesday) 12:00 am

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