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Balham is a neighbourhood in inner South London.


Balham is now a suburb possessing many well-built Victorian terraced houses now highly valued as family homes.

It has been settled since Saxon times and large country retreats for the affluent classes were built here in the eighteenth century,. However, most development occurred after the opening of Balham station in 1856.

Balham is situated between four south London Commons, Clapham Common to the north, Wandsworth common to the west, Tooting Graveney Common to the south, and the adjoining Tooting Bec Common to the east - the latter two historically distinct areas are referred to by both Wandsworth council and most local people as Tooting Common. These give it a green feel and a distinct boundary that makes it stand out as a district in the area.

It possesses a railway to tube interchange (the origin of the phrase "Balham-Gateway to the South" was reputedly a genuine Southern Railway advertisement from the 1926 opening of the tube station). The stations connect Balham easily and quickly to both the City of London and the West End. All this has combined to make it a popular location and property prices have soared as middle class professionals have moved in displacing the more working class feel the district had up until the 1970s.

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THE STREETS OF BALHAM
& 141d Ramsden Road, SW12 A street within the SW12 postcode
Adelina Mews, SW12 Adelina Mews is a road in the SW12 postcode area
Ainslie Walk, SW12 A street within the SW12 postcode
Airedale Road, SW12 Airedale Road is one of the streets of London in the SW12 postal area.
Alderbrook Road, SW12 Alderbrook Road is one of the streets of London in the SW12 postal area.
Alderbrook School, SW12 A street within the SW12 postcode
Anfield Close, SW12 Anfield Close is a road in the SW12 postcode area
Arthur Road, SW12 Arthur Road is one of the streets of London in the SW12 postal area.
Atkins Road, SW12 Atkins Road is one of the streets of London in the SW12 postal area.
Badminton Road, SW12 Badminton Road is one of the streets of London in the SW12 postal area.
Baldwin Road, SW11 A street within the SW11 postcode
Balham Grove, SW12 Balham Grove is one of the streets of London in the SW12 postal area.
Balham High Rd, SW12 This is a street in the SW12 postcode area
Balham High Road, SW12 Balham High Road is one of the streets of London in the SW12 postal area.
Balham Hill, SW12 Balham Hill is one of the streets of London in the SW12 postal area.
Balham New Road, SW12 Balham New Road is one of the streets of London in the SW12 postal area.
Balham Park Road, SW12 Balham Park Road is one of the streets of London in the SW12 postal area.
Balham Park Road, SW17 Balham Park Road is a road in the SW17 postcode area
Balham Station Road, SW12 Balham Station Road is one of the streets of London in the SW12 postal area.
Balham, SW12 A street within the SW12 postcode
Base Hammersmith, W6 Base Hammersmith is a street in Hammersmith.
Bedford Hill, SW12 Bedford Hill is one of the streets of London in the SW12 postal area.
Bedford Hill, SW17 Bedford Hill is a road in the SW17 postcode area
Bedforoad Hill, SW12 A street within the SW12 postcode
Beira Street, SW12 Beira Street is one of the streets of London in the SW12 postal area.
Bellamy Street, SW12 Bellamy Street is a road in the SW12 postcode area
Belthorn Cres, SW12 A street within the postcode
Belthorn Crescent, SW12 Belthorn Crescent is a road in the SW12 postcode area
Benjamin Mews, SW12 Benjamin Mews is a road in the SW12 postcode area
Birchlands Avenue, SW12 Birchlands Avenue is one of the streets of London in the SW12 postal area.
Birkwood Close, SW12 Birkwood Close is one of the streets of London in the SW12 postal area.
Birkwood Close, SW2 Birkwood Close is a road in the SW2 postcode area
Blandfield Road, SW12 Blandfield Road is one of the streets of London in the SW12 postal area.
Blenkarne Road, SW12 Blenkarne Road is a road in the SW12 postcode area
Boundaries Road, SW12 Boundaries Road is one of the streets of London in the SW12 postal area.
Boundaries Road, SW17 Boundaries Road is a road in the SW17 postcode area
Bracken Avenue, SW12 Bracken Avenue is one of the streets of London in the SW12 postal area.
Brierley Road, SW12 A street within the SW12 postcode
Burnbury Road, SW12 Burnbury Road is a road in the SW12 postcode area
Bushey Down, SW12 A street within the SW12 postcode
Byrne Road, SW12 Byrne Road is one of the streets of London in the SW12 postal area.
Caistor Mews, SW12 Caistor Mews is one of the streets of London in the SW12 postal area.
Caistor Road, SW12 Caistor Road is a road in the SW12 postcode area
Calbourne Road, SW12 Calbourne Road is one of the streets of London in the SW12 postal area.
Cambray Road, SW12 Cambray Road is one of the streets of London in the SW12 postal area.
Cathles Road, SW12 Cathles Road is one of the streets of London in the SW12 postal area.
Cavendish Road, SW12 Cavendish Road is one of the streets of London in the SW12 postal area.
Chapel, SW12 A street within the SW12 postcode
Chestnut Grove School, SW12 A street within the SW12 postcode
Chestnut Grove, IG7 Chestnut Grove is a road in the IG7 postcode area
Chestnut Grove, SW12 Chestnut Grove is one of the streets of London in the SW12 postal area.
Churchcroft Close, SW12 Churchcroft Close is a road in the SW12 postcode area
CLARENCE MEWS, SW12 CLARENCE MEWS is a road in the SW12 postcode area
Clavering Place, SW12 A street within the SW12 postcode
Cloudesdale Road, SW17 Cloudesdale Road is one of the streets of London in the SW17 postal area.
Copthorne Avenue, SW12 Copthorne Avenue is one of the streets of London in the SW12 postal area.
Cornford Grove, SW12 Cornford Grove is one of the streets of London in the SW12 postal area.
Cornforoad Grove, SW12 A street within the SW12 postcode
Culverden Road, SW12 Culverden Road is a road in the SW12 postcode area
Dagnan Road, SW12 Dagnan Road is one of the streets of London in the SW12 postal area.
Denning Mews, SW12 Denning Mews is a road in the SW12 postcode area
Devereux Road, SW12 Devereux Road is a road in the SW12 postcode area
Dinsmore Road, SW12 Dinsmore Road is one of the streets of London in the SW12 postal area.
Doctor Johnson Avenue, SW17 Samuel Johnson lived at a villa called Streatham Place, immediately southeast of the site of the avenue, from 1766 to 1782.
Dornton Road, SW12 Dornton Road is one of the streets of London in the SW12 postal area.
Duchess Court, SW12 A street within the SW12 postcode
Earlsthorpe Mews, SW12 Earlsthorpe Mews is a road in the SW12 postcode area
Elmfield Mansions, SW17 Elmfield Mansions is one of the streets of London in the SW17 postal area.
Elmfield Road, SW17 Elmfield Road is one of the streets of London in the SW17 postal area.
Emmanuel Road, SW12 Emmanuel Road is named after Emmanuel College, Cambridge.
Emmanuel Road, SW16 Emmanuel Road is a road in the SW16 postcode area
Endlesham Road, SW12 Endlesham Road is one of the streets of London in the SW12 postal area.
Englewood Road, SW12 Englewood Road is one of the streets of London in the SW12 postal area.
Englewood Road, SW4 Englewood Road is a road in the SW4 postcode area
Ethelbert Street, SW12 A street within the SW12 postcode
Fernbank Mews, SW12 Fernbank Mews is a road in the SW12 postcode area
Fernlea Road, SW12 Fernlea Road is one of the streets of London in the SW12 postal area.
Fernside Road, SW12 Fernside Road is a road in the SW12 postcode area
Fieldhouse Road, SW12 Fieldhouse Road is a road in the SW12 postcode area
Florence Way, SW12 Florence Way is one of the streets of London in the SW12 postal area.
Fontenoy Road, SW12 Fontenoy Road is one of the streets of London in the SW12 postal area.
Freepost, SW12 Free post is one of the streets of London in the SW12 postal area.
Fryday Grove Mews, SW12 Fryday Grove Mews is a road in the SW12 postcode area
Gaskarth Road, SW12 Gaskarth Road is a road in the SW12 postcode area
Gateway House Balham Hill, SW12 A street within the SW12 postcode
Gayville Road, SW12 Gayville Road is a road in the SW12 postcode area
Glenfield Road, SW12 A street within the SW12 postcode
Gosberton Road, SW12 Gosberton Road is one of the streets of London in the SW12 postal area.
Granard Road, SW12 Granard Road is a road in the SW12 postcode area
Grange Mills, SW12 Grange Mills is one of the streets of London in the SW12 postal area.
Griffin Mews, SW12 A street within the SW12 postcode
Grove Place, SW12 A street within the SW12 postcode
Hanson Close, SW12 Hanson Close is a road in the SW12 postcode area
Harberson Road, SW12 Harberson Road is one of the streets of London in the SW12 postal area.
Haverhill Road, SW12 Haverhill Road is one of the streets of London in the SW12 postal area.
Hazelbourne Road, SW12 Hazelbourne Road is one of the streets of London in the SW12 postal area.
Hearnville Road, SW12 Hearnville Road is one of the streets of London in the SW12 postal area.
Hendrick Avenue, SW12 Hendrick Avenue is a street in London
Heslop Road, SW12 Heslop Road is one of the streets of London in the SW12 postal area.
Hildreth Street Market, SW12 Hildreth Street Market is a road in the SW12 postcode area
Hildreth Street Mews, SW12 A street within the SW12 postcode
Hildreth Street, SW12 Hildreth Street is one of the streets of London in the SW12 postal area.
Hillbury Road, SW12 Hillbury Road is a road in the SW12 postcode area
Hillbury Road, SW17 Hillbury Road is one of the streets of London in the SW17 postal area.
Hillgate Place, SW12 Hillgate Place is one of the streets of London in the SW12 postal area.
Holbeach Mews, SW12 A street within the SW12 postcode
Holmside Court, SW12 Holmside Court is a road in the SW12 postcode area
Holmside Road, SW12 Holmside Road is a road in the SW12 postcode area
Honeybrook Road, SW12 Honeybrook Road is one of the streets of London in the SW12 postal area.
Hunter Close, SW12 Hunter Close is a road in the SW12 postcode area
Hunter Close, SW17 Hunter Close is a road in the SW17 postcode area
Hyde Farm Mews, SW12 A street within the SW12 postcode
Hydethorpe Road, SW12 Hydethorpe Road is one of the streets of London in the SW12 postal area.
Irene House, SW12 A street within the SW12 postcode
James Terrace, SW12 A street within the SW12 postcode
James’s Terrace, SW12 A street within the SW12 postcode
Joseph Powell Close, SW12 Joseph Powell Close is a road in the SW12 postcode area
Kenilford Road, SW12 This is a street in the SW12 postcode area
Kenilford, SW12 Kenilford is a road in the SW12 postcode area
Kings Avenue, SW12 Kings Avenue is one of the streets of London in the SW12 postal area.
Laitwood Road, SW12 Laitwood Road is one of the streets of London in the SW12 postal area.
Lammermoor Road, SW12 A street within the SW12 postcode
Larch Close, SW12 Larch Close is one of the streets of London in the SW12 postal area.
Leacroft Avenue, SW12 Leacroft Avenue is one of the streets of London in the SW12 postal area.
Lexton Gardens, SW12 Lexton Gardens is one of the streets of London in the SW12 postal area.
Liberty Mews, SW12 Liberty Mews is one of the streets of London in the SW12 postal area.
Limerick Close, SW12 A street within the SW12 postcode
Linnet Mews, SW12 Linnet Mews is one of the streets of London in the SW12 postal area.
Little Dimocks, SW12 Little Dimocks is one of the streets of London in the SW12 postal area.
Lochinvar Street, SW12 Lochinvar Street is a road in the SW12 postcode area
Lynn Road, SW12 Lynn Road is one of the streets of London in the SW12 postal area.
Lysias Road, SW12 Lysias Road is a road in the SW12 postcode area
Malwood Road, SW12 Malwood Road is one of the streets of London in the SW12 postal area.
Manchuria Road, SW11 Manchuria Road is a road in the SW11 postcode area
Manchuria Road, SW4 Manchuria Road is a road in the SW4 postcode area
Many Gates, SW12 Many Gates is a road in the SW12 postcode area
Manygates, SW12 A street within the SW12 postcode
Margaret Rutherford Place, SW12 Margaret Rutherford Place is a road in the SW12 postcode area
Marmion House, SW12 A street within the SW12 postcode
Martindale Road, SW12 Martindale Road is one of the streets of London in the SW12 postal area.
Mayford Road, SW12 Mayford Road is a road in the SW12 postcode area
Midmoor Road, SW12 Midmoor Road is a road in the SW12 postcode area
Molly Huggins Close, SW12 Molly Huggins Close is a road in the SW12 postcode area
Morella Road, SW12 Morella Road is a road in the SW12 postcode area
Nightin, SW12 Nightin is one of the streets of London in the SW12 postal area.
Nightingale Lane, SW12 Nightingale Lane is one of the streets of London in the SW12 postal area.
Nightingale Square, SW12 Nightingale Square is one of the streets of London in the SW12 postal area.
Norgrove Street, SW12 Norgrove Street is one of the streets of London in the SW12 postal area.
Oakmead Road, SW12 Oakmead Road is one of the streets of London in the SW12 postal area.
Old Dairy Mews, SW12 Old Dairy Mews is a road in the SW12 postcode area
Old Devonshire Road, SW12 Old Devonshire Road is one of the streets of London in the SW12 postal area.
Old Hospital Close, SW12 Old Hospital Close is one of the streets of London in the SW12 postal area.
Old Park Avenue, SW12 Old Park Avenue is one of the streets of London in the SW12 postal area.
Oldacre Mews, SW12 A street within the SW12 postcode
Oldridge Road, SW12 Oldridge Road is one of the streets of London in the SW12 postal area.
Ormeley Road, SW12 Ormeley Road is one of the streets of London in the SW12 postal area.
Osward Road, SW17 Osward Road is one of the streets of London in the SW17 postal area.
Ouseley Road, SW12 Ouseley Road is one of the streets of London in the SW12 postal area.
Pakenham Close, SW12 Pakenham Close is a road in the SW12 postcode area
Parkthorne Road, SW12 Parkthorne Road is a road in the SW12 postcode area
Penny Mews, SW12 Penny Mews is a road in the SW12 postcode area
Pentney Road, SW12 Pentney Road is one of the streets of London in the SW12 postal area.
Pickets Street, SW12 Pickets Street is one of the streets of London in the SW12 postal area.
Primrose Court, SW12 A street within the SW12 postcode
Queensville Road, SW12 Queensville Road is a road in the SW12 postcode area
Radbourne Road, SW12 Radbourne Road is one of the streets of London in the SW12 postal area.
Ramsden Road, SW12 Ramsden Road is one of the streets of London in the SW12 postal area.
Ranmere Street, SW12 A street within the SW12 postcode
Rastell Avenue, SW2 Rastell Avenue is one of the streets of London in the SW2 postal area.
Ravenslea Road, SW12 Ravenslea Road is one of the streets of London in the SW12 postal area.
Ravenstone Street, SW12 Ravenstone Street is one of the streets of London in the SW12 postal area.
Ravenswood Road, SW12 Ravenswood Road is one of the streets of London in the SW12 postal area.
Rinaldo Road, SW12 A street within the SW12 postcode
Ritherdon Road, SW12 Ritherdon Road is a road in the SW12 postcode area
Roseneath Road, SW11 Roseneath Road is one of the streets of London in the SW11 postal area.
Roseneath Road, SW12 Roseneath Road is a road in the SW12 postcode area
Rosethorn Close, SW12 Rosethorn Close is one of the streets of London in the SW12 postal area.
Rossiter Road, SW12 Rossiter Road is one of the streets of London in the SW12 postal area.
Rowfant Mansions, SW17 Rowfant Mansions is one of the streets of London in the SW17 postal area.
Royal Duchess Mews, SW12 A street within the SW12 postcode
Rudloe Road, SW12 Rudloe Road is a road in the SW12 postcode area
Rusham Road, SW12 Rusham Road is a road in the SW12 postcode area
Ryde Vale Road, SW12 Ryde Vale Road is a road in the SW12 postcode area
Saint James’s Drive, SW17 Saint James’s Drive is a road in the SW17 postcode area
Sanderstead Close, SW12 A street within the SW12 postcode
Sarsfeld Road, SW12 Sarsfeld Road is one of the streets of London in the SW12 postal area.
Scholars Road, SW12 Scholars Road is a road in the SW12 postcode area
Shipka Road, SW12 Shipka Road is a road in the SW12 postcode area
Sistona Road, SW12 Sistona Road is one of the streets of London in the SW12 postal area.
Sistova Road, SW12 Sistova Road is one of the streets of London in the SW12 postal area.
St Jamess Drive, SW17 St Jamess Drive is one of the streets of London in the SW17 postal area.
St. Andrews Mews, SW12 St. Andrews Mews is a road in the SW12 postcode area
St. Francis Place, SW12 A street within the SW12 postcode
St. James’s Drive, SW17 St. James’s Drive is a road in the SW17 postcode area
St. Jamess Terrace, SW12 A street within the SW12 postcode
Stable Yard 16a, SW12 A street within the SW12 postcode
Station Parade, SW12 Station Parade is one of the streets of London in the SW12 postal area.
Stone Stairs, E1W Stone Stairs is a road in the E1W postcode area
Street Andrews Mews, SW12 A street within the SW12 postcode
Sudbrooke Road, SW12 Sudbrooke Road is one of the streets of London in the SW12 postal area.
Tantallon Road, SW12 Tantallon Road is one of the streets of London in the SW12 postal area.
Telferscot Road, SW12 Telferscot Road is one of the streets of London in the SW12 postal area.
Temperley Road, SW12 Temperley Road is one of the streets of London in the SW12 postal area.
The Hub Buildings, SW12 A street within the SW12 postcode
Thornton Gardens, SW12 Thornton Gardens is a road in the SW12 postcode area
Thornton Road, SW12 Thornton Road is one of the streets of London in the SW12 postal area.
Thurleigh Avenue, SW12 Thurleigh Avenue is a road in the SW12 postcode area
Thurleigh Court, SW12 Thurleigh Court is a road in the SW12 postcode area
Thurleigh Road, SW12 Thurleigh Road is one of the streets of London in the SW12 postal area.
Unit 7 Hildreth Street Mews, SW12 A street within the SW12 postcode
Unit B, SW12 A street within the SW12 postcode
Verran Road, SW12 Verran Road is a road in the SW12 postcode area
Weir Road, SW12 Weir Road is one of the streets of London in the SW12 postal area.
Westbury Parade, SW12 Westbury Parade is one of the streets of London in the SW12 postal area.
Western Lane, SW12 Western Lane is one of the streets of London in the SW12 postal area.
Westlands Terrace, SW12 A street within the SW12 postcode
Yukon Road, SW12 Yukon Road is one of the streets of London in the SW12 postal area.
Zennor Park Road, SW12 A street within the SW12 postcode
Zennor Road, SW12 Zennor Road is one of the streets of London in the SW12 postal area.



Ann Fraser
Ann Fraser   
Added: 19 Apr 2018 13:26 GMT   
IP: 88.98.205.32
2:1:34
Post by Ann Fraser: Broughton Street, SW8

I have been doing some family research and have found 4 plus addresses family lived in from 1901 onwards, 43 Broughton Street 1901 census, Edward P Pritchard, Wife Harriet and children Helen, Frederick, Alice & Albert. Also in 1920 Edward & Harriet Pritchard also registered Alfred & Alice Mantell. 60 Broughton St 1920 Helen Harriet and Alfred De La Porte (Helen Pritchard). Also Alice Pritchard shown born 1888 in Montifore Street and later at No. 40 Broughton Street. Plus 1A Emu Road Emily & Frederick Pritchard and daughter Peggy (Margaret Helen Pritchard). Emily was there until 1977 when she died. The area was known as Park Town. I used to live in North Street, SW4 in the 1980s, now over in Wandsworth.


Gerry m lee
Gerry m lee   
Added: 10 Feb 2018 17:39 GMT   
IP: 50.64.178.175
2:2:34
Post by Gerry m lee: Stormont Road, SW4

I lived iin 6 Stormont Road Lavender Hill Battersea from 1939 to 1964. My mother was a widow. I have one brother. The rent in 1939 would have been ten shillings a week. If ant one reads this, I now live in Vancouver Canada and my e-mail address is gerry-lee@shaw.ca and I went on line to try and find out what 6 Stormont sold for when it was built. The houses Nos. 6 4 8 12 etc to the corner where Marney Road starts were in my opinion protected during the war years, by a very large spiral church next door but one to number 4 and I am no religious. I went to school from five years old to Wix?s Lane. If this is read, please send a reply, and thank you.


KC Alexander
KC Alexander   
Added: 23 Jan 2018 15:07 GMT   
IP: 90.195.148.140
2:3:34
Post by KC Alexander: Priory Grove, SW8

Lived in a two up two down until the age of 13.
Played on the bombsites (no health and safety then)
A Coal man Mr Bells lived in the road and kept his horse in a stable across the road from where he lived.
Fibre glass factory which made large figures etc for fairgrounds was down a mews which no longer exists.
Prefabs on the bend where Doreen, a friend of my mums lived with her two daughters.
Alan and Alex who?s mum and dad were also friends of my parents lived near the priory pub. the pub is now residential flats.
Alex was another boy who lived just a couple of doors along from me as was Colin.
The house was knocked down in 1964 and the site is now an adventure playground.
The only thing left I recognise is my old sycamore tree which grew in my garden which I could often be found climbing.

Never fell out of it !

Allen Waters
Allen Waters   
Added: 18 Jan 2018 23:19 GMT   
IP: 151.224.33.53
2:4:34
Post by Allen Waters: Lansdowne Gardens, SW8

I used to live at no. 27 from 1950-1961. My family had the large room on the ground floor a bedroom on the 2nd floor and a room in the attic. There were several other families who came and went over the years, as well as landlords. We had a landlord for a time called ?Gethin?. I used to play with my friends in the road as there were few cars then. We used to use the lamppost next to house as a cricket wicket and it?s still there. I can remember swings in the green and a parkeeper there with a coal brazier in the winter. I was a choirboy at St Barnaby?s, I remember a bagwash near the church when the houses were demolished to build the estate. There used to be a row of shops and I particularly remember one called ?gallies? a sweet shop where you could get a penny drink and they put gas in it for you. Schools I went to were Priory Grove, then Al

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Pauline jones
Pauline jones   
Added: 16 Oct 2017 19:04 GMT   
IP: 86.136.68.202
2:5:34
Post by Pauline jones: Bessborough Place, SW1V

I grew up in bessborough place at the back of our house and Grosvenor road and bessborough gardens was a fantastic playground called trinity mews it had a paddling pool sandpit football area and various things to climb on, such as a train , slide also as Wendy house. There were plants surrounding this wonderful play area, two playground attendants ,also a shelter for when it rained. The children were constantly told off by the playground keepers for touching the plants or kicking the ball out of the permitted area, there was hopscotch as well, all these play items were brick apart from the slide. Pollock was the centre of my universe and I felt sorry and still do for anyone not being born there. To this day I miss it and constantly look for images of the streets around there, my sister and me often go back to take a clumped of our beloved L

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peter hiller
peter hiller   
Added: 13 Sep 2017 11:07 GMT   
IP: 81.141.12.149
2:6:34
Post by peter hiller: Sancroft Street, SE11

what is the history of tresco house 2 sancroft street ,it looks older than a 1990s site

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Balham

Balham is a neighbourhood in inner South London.

Balham is now a suburb possessing many well-built Victorian terraced houses now highly valued as family homes.

It has been settled since Saxon times and large country retreats for the affluent classes were built here in the eighteenth century,. However, most development occurred after the opening of Balham station in 1856.

Balham is situated between four south London Commons, Clapham Common to the north, Wandsworth common to the west, Tooting Graveney Common to the south, and the adjoining Tooting Bec Common to the east - the latter two historically distinct areas are referred to by both Wandsworth council and most local people as Tooting Common. These give it a green feel and a distinct boundary that makes it stand out as a district in the area.

It possesses a railway to tube interchange (the origin of the phrase "Balham-Gateway to the South" was reputedly a genuine Southern Railway advertisement from the 1926 opening of the tube station). The stations connect Balham easily and quickly to both the City of London and the West End. All this has combined to make it a popular location and property prices have soared as middle class professionals have moved in displacing the more working class feel the district had up until the 1970s.
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