Category Archive: SW11

Mar 13

Lavender Hill

The name Lavender Hill derives from the use of the fields on either side of this stretch of road for the cultivation of lavender and other herbs, by the nursery business set up in 1820 by William Pamplin. The hill would have been a fragrant and beautiful place until the late 1850s, with a few …

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Mar 02

Shaftesbury Park Estate

The 42 and a half acre Shaftesbury Park Estate was promoted as the Workmen’s City – widely seen as demonstrating a credible solution to the urban housing problem. Shaftesbury Park was built between 1872 and 1877. It was the first major development of the Artizans’, Labourers’, & General Dwellings Company, founded by a band of …

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Oct 31

Workers at Clapham Junction (1900)

Before the railway came, the Clapham Junction area was rural and specialised in growing lavender – the street Lavender Hill is east of the station. The coach road from London to Guildford ran slightly south of the future station site, past The Falcon public house at the crossroads in the valley between St. John’s Hill …

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