While many of us are currently housebound to protect the country from Covid 19, Sheraton Law has taken some time to research the history of our favourite area, Clapham. So, if you want a five-minute distraction, read on:
Clapham has changed a lot over the years, especially if you think people have been living here since Roman Times when Clapham High Street was known as Stane Street which ran between London and Chichester.
Clapham has had several famous people live here, including: Natasha Bedingfield, Ainsley Harriott, Dennis Waterman, Piers Morgan, JK Rowling, Vivienne Westwood and Samuel Pepys.
Clapham Junction Station is said to be the busiest train station in Europe, with over 2,000 trains passing through it every day.
Captain Cook's widow Elizabeth lived in Clapham from 1788 to 1835.
Clapham Junction is the name of a prehistoric site on Malta, which still is a source of mystique and power to the Maltese. It is reported that the name was given to it by an English explorer who said the marks on the rocks reminded him of the busy London station.
Clapham Rovers Football Club take their place in English football history - they won the FA Cup all the way back in 1880.
Despite the name Clapham Junction, the station is actually in Battersea; I suppose Battersea Junction does not have quite the same ring to it
Between 1994 and 1995, The Old Station Master’s House at Clapham Junction (now a ticket office) was the scene of ghostly activities. A former worker at the building said a priest was called to banish a poltergeist, dubbed The Ghostly Smoker, that had become troublesome after the house was plagued by bangs, vanishing items, and the smell of ironing and pipe tobacco.
The Clock Tower on Clapham High Street was unveiled at a ceremony on 19th July 1906. The Clock Tower, was given to the Parish of Clapham by Alexander Glegg, Mayor of Wandsworth (which included Clapham at the time) The tower was dismantled and rebuilt when the new booking hall was built below it.