Martin Ekenberg Sweden Letter Bomb

Swedish Letter Bomber

Martin Ekenberg was a gifted chemist, engineer and inventor from Sweden who lived in a […]

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The Mayflower

Many of the merchants who moved to Clapham in the early 1630s had strong connections to North America and two of them, John Beauchamp and James Sherley were two of the original financiers of the Mayflower

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Gertrude Lawrence

Gertrude Lawrence (4 July 1898 – 6 September 1952) was an English actress, singer, dancer and musical […]

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Samuel Pepys

Samuel Pepys’ connection with Clapham is well known and he visited it over a period […]

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Phillis Wheatley

Alongside Benjamin Franklin, another American visitor could not have been more different. Phillis Wheatley was a young African-American […]

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Noel Coward

The actor and playright Noel Coward moved to Clapham in 1912, living at number 50 Clapham Common Southside with his family who rented the top two floors.

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Isaac Smith (1752–1831)

Isaac Smith (1752–1831) was a Rear Admiral in the Royal Navy and cousin of Captain James Cook. On 28 April 1770 he became the first European to set foot on eastern Australian soil.

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Angela Carter

Angela Carter was an English novelist, short story writer and journalist, known for her feminist, […]

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Guillaume Apollinaire

Apollinaire is considered one of the foremost poets of the early 20th century.  He is credited with coining the term “cubism” in 1911 to describe the emerging art movement and the term “surrealism” in 1917 to describe the works of Erik Satie. The term Orphism (1912) is also his.

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The African Academy

The African Academy was originally located at no. 8 Rectory Grove. The pupils, all boys aged 10-17 from Sierra Leone, were educated here between 1799-1805.

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Harry Jacobs

For Lambeth’s Caribbean immigrants since the 1950s, Harry Jacobs was far more than a high-street portrait photographer – he was a messenger through whom they could show friends and family back home that they were doing OK.

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Benjamin Franklin

One of the Founding Fathers of the United States, Franklin was a leading author, politician, statesman and diplomat who spent time in Clapham

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Edible Bus Stop Kerb Garden

The community first came together to guerrilla garden a neglected space on the Landor Road […]

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Temperance Fountain

Clapham Common Temperance Fountain

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Bandstand on Clapham Common

One of the most iconic landmarks in the centre of Clapham Common is the bandstand constructed in 1890. It is the largest bandstand in London and a Grade II Listed Building.

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Deane and Co. Chemist

Deane and Co. Chemist Ghost Sign.

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The Inbetweeners Movie

The infamous dancing scene where Neil, Will and Simon show off their dance moves inside […]

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Zachary and Thomas Macaulay

Zachary Macaulay (1768 –1838) was a statistician, one of the founders of London University, an […]

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Edvard Grieg

Edvard Hagerup Grieg (1843 – 1907) was a Norwegian composer and pianist. He is considered […]

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Marie Kendall

(1873 –1964) was a British music hall comedian and actress who had a successful career spanning 50 years.

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John Francis Bentley

John Francis Bentley

(1839 – 1902) was an English architect whose most famous work is the Roman Catholic cathedral in […]

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Sir Charles Barry Architect

Sir Charles Barry

1795 – 1860 was an English architect, best known for his role in designing the […]

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Natsume Sōseki

Natsume Sōseki was a Japanese novelist. He is best known for his novels Kokoro, Botchan and I Am a […]

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The orangery Clapham

The Orangery

The orangery was built in 1793 by Dr William Burgh and was part of a […]

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Temperance Billiard Hall

The building at 47 Clapham High Street, was originally a Temperance Billiard Hall, built at […]

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The Clock Tower

The Clock Tower on Clapham High Street was unveiled at a ceremony on 19th July […]

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Majestic Cinema

The building that is home to Infernos Night club was built in 1914 as the […]

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The Man on the Clapham Omnibus

The man on the Clapham omnibus is a hypothetical ‘reasonable’ person, used by the courts in English law where […]

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Deep Level Tube Shelters

The Bombings of 1940 forced a reappraisal of deep-shelter policy and at the end of […]

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Clapham Old Fire Station

The Old Fire Station

The Old Fire Station is located at 33 The Pavement and was constructed in 1868 […]

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Graham Greene

Graham Greene was an English novelist and author regarded as one of the greatest writers of the […]

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William Wilberforce

William Wilberforce was one of the most prominent members of the Clapham Sect, an English […]

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The Clapham Sect

The Clapham Sect were a group of prominent and wealthy individuals who worshipped at Holy Trinity […]

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