Old Ordnance Survey Maps of London

  • These detailed maps maps normally cover an area of about one and a half miles by one mile. Each map includes an introduction. The London maps link up with those for Middlesex to form a major series for the Greater London area. They are available through our On-line Mapshop

  • Here are the details of maps for Clapham Common:

  • London 115.1 Clapham Common 1870 - published 1995; intro by Keith Bailey. ISBN.978-0-85054-737-5
  • London 115.2 Clapham Common 1894 - published 1992; intro by Keith Bailey. ISBN.978-0-85054-542-0
  • London 115.3 Clapham Common 1914 - published 2015; intro by Pamela Taylor. ISBN.978-1-84784-921-2

    We have published three versions of this map, showing how the area developed across the years. The maps each cover the same area, stretching from Grandison Road and Wroughton Road eastward to Bedford Road and Lyham Road; and from Freke Road and Clapham High St southward to Malwood Road.

    Almost all of Clapham Commnon itself is on the map while to the NE of it are the closely packed streets of Clapham, with much of the High St, Holy Trinity church, Park Crescent, Polygon, St Peter's church. However, there are great contrasts between the two maps elsewhere: on the 1870 map the area east and SE of the Common, including much of Clapham Park, is filled with villas in leafy grounds; by 1894 many of these were being replaced by terraces and semis in streets such as Narbonne Avenue, Abbeyville Road, Elms Road etc. But some large houses survive, such as Cavendish House, from which the eccentric scientist Henry Cavendish weighed the world in 1798; this estate would be sold for development in 1905. The essays by Keith Bailey explain these changes. Each map includes extracts from a contemporary directory.

    The map links up with London Sheets 101 Battersea & Clapham to the north, 115 Wandsworth to the west, 116 Brixton to the east, 125 Clapham Park to the south.


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    Alan Godfrey Maps, Prospect Business Park, Leadgate, Consett, Co Durham, DH8 7PW / godfreyedition@btinternet.com / 27 August 2011