Clapham Common is one of London’s largest open spaces, measuring 87 hectares, situated between Clapham, Battersea and Balham.
It was historically ‘common land’ for the parishes of Battersea and Clapham and was first mentioned as far back as 1086 in the famous ‘Domesday Book’ as being part of the Manor of Clapham. In 1877 it was acquired from the Lords of the Manors by the Metropolitan Board of Works and was protected for present and future generations.
Clapham Common contains three ponds, all of which evolved from old gravel pits. Eagle Pond and Mount Pond are used for angling and have a variety of species including carp, roach, tench and bream, and also contain wildlife areas. The other pond on the common, Long Pond, is used for model boating.
Clapham Common has an all weather games area, tennis courts, bowling green and grass pitches, as well as two playground areas dedicated to children and families. The common also has a historic bandstand, three cafes and ecological areas, including a range of different habitats such as woodland and meadow grasslands, which are managed for wildlife as well as for the public to enjoy. It is popular with cyclists, dog walkers and runners as well as those who come to simply enjoy being in the outdoors.
Almost half of Clapham Common lies within the London Borough of Wandsworth, but the common has been wholly managed and maintained by Lambeth Council since 1972.
How to get there:
Address: Windmill Drive, SW4 9DE
Tube: Clapham Common/Clapham South (Northern Line)
Bus: 4, 35, 37, 88, 137, 155, 255, 345, 355, 417, G1
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