Abbeville Road, SW4

Road in/near Clapham Common, existing between 1875 and now

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Abbeville Road runs parallel to Clapham Common Southside, lying close to the line of Stane Street - the Roman military road from London to Chichester.

The earliest settlement of Clapham was centred around present day North Street, Turret Grove and Rectory Grove. The land surrounding Clapham Common remained undeveloped and covered with farmland until the late 17th century, at which point the village began to expand towards the Common.

Throughout the 18th and 19th centuries, large individual villas and houses lined Clapham Common Southside, set within extensive grounds - for example, The Clock House and Eagle House which can be seen on Stanford map of 1860. This land remained virtually undeveloped until 1875 when Clock House Farm was sold and the most southerly portion of Abbeville Road, close to the junction with Cavendish Road, was laid out.

This area of Clapham was developed as part of the general speculative housing boom which was taking place throughout London. Demand for suburban housing was fuelled by a general population increase between 1840 and 1914, with new housing development offering the burgeoning and aspiring middle classes the opportunity to escape the built up squalor of inner London and establish themselves in new houses designed for single family occupation.

Encouraging these changes was the expansion of the public transport network, facilitating the development of housing in parts of South London which were relatively untouched.

Whilst the introduction of bus services and the annual of the railway in 1863 enhanced links between Clapham and central London, it was the widespread availability of horse-drawn trams from the early 1870s onwards that facilitated a daily commute and sparked the speculative building boom in this area.

Development along Abbeville Road and on its surrounding streets gathered pace during the last decades of the 19th century as more of the large mansions lining Clapham Common were demolished and their land sold off. Lysaght Road was the name of part of the new road until renamed in 1878.

Locally Hambalt Road, Narbonne Avenue and Shandon Road were laid out and lined with terraced housing during the 1880s.

The west side of Abbeville Road was developed during the only 1890s, with the terraces on its eastern side following in 1894 and 1895.

These commercial terraces were built speculatively as a local shopping parade to service the adjacent residential streets with development undertaken on a piecemeal basis. Individual builders developed a small number of plots at any one time accounting for their varied appearances.




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Added: 1 Jun 2021 12:41 GMT   

Abbeville Road (1940 street directory)
North west side
1A Clarke A S Ltd, motor engineers
15 Plumbers, Glaziers & Domestic Engineers Union
25 Dixey Edward, florist
27 Vicary Miss Doris J, newsagent
29 Stenning John Andrew, dining rooms
31 Clarke & Williams, builders
33 Hill Mrs Theodora, confectioner
35 Golding W & sons, corn dealers
... here is Shandon road ...
37 Pennington Mrs Eliz Harvie, wine & spirit merchant
39 Westminster Catering Co Ltd, ham, beef & tongue dealers
41 Masters A (Clapham) Ltd, butchers
43 Thomas Euan Ltd, grocers
45 Garrett C T & Co Ltd, undertakers
47 Mayle T & Sons, fishmongers
49 Mayles Ltd, fruiterers
51 & 73 Hardy Arthur Sydney, draper
53 United Dairies (London) Ltd
... here is Narbonne avenue ...
55 Norris William Lennox, baker
57 Silver Star Laundry Ltd
59 Thorp John, oilman
61 Bidgood Leonard George, boot makers
63 Wilkie Rt Miln, chemist
65 Gander George Albert Isaac, hairdresser
67 Harris Alfred William, greengrocer
69 & 71 Lambert Ernest & Son Ltd, grocers
... here is Hambolt road ...
73 & 51 Hardy Arthur Sydney, draper
75 Cambourn Frederick, butcher
77 Siggers Clement, chemist
77 Post, Money Order, Telephone Call & Telegraph Office & Savings Bank
79 Hemmings William, baker
... here is Elms road ...
85 Cornish Joseph
91 Bedding Mrs
151 Johnson Mrs H K
157 Robinson Albert Ernest, grainer
173 Yardleys London & Provincial Stores Ltd, wine & spirit merchants
175 Clark Alfred, butcher
175A Morley Douglas Frederick, confectioner
... here is Crescent lane ...
... her is St Alphonsus road ...

South east side
... here is Trouville road ...
4 Bossy Miss, private school
... here are Bonneville gardens ...
24 Osborn Charles Edward, ladies hairdresser
24 Hall H Ltd, builders
24A Walton Lodge Laundry Ltd
... here are Shandon road & Abbeville mansions ...
28 Copley Fred Smith, chemist
30 Finch H G Ltd, laundry
32 Carter William Alfred, furniture dealer
34 Spriggs Charles & Co, wireless supplies dealer
36 Miles Frederick William, confectioner
38 Pitman Frederick, hairdresser
40 Rowe Frederick F, valeting service
42 Modridge Edward J, oilman
... here is Narbonne avenue ...
44 Southorn Albert, butcher
46 Brown Ernest, fruiterer
48 Stanley Mrs A A, confectioner
50 Fryatt Owen, delixatessen store
52 Benbrooks, domestic stores
54 Davis William Clifford, boot repairer
56 Blogg Alfred, newsagent
58 Rowlands Thomas & Sons, dairy
... here are Hambalt, Elms, Franconia, Caldervale & Leppoc roads ...
124 Clarke Frederick, decorator
... here are Crescent lane, Briarwood road & Park hill ...

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Sir Walter Besant   
Added: 11 Nov 2021 18:47 GMT   

Sir Walter adds....
All the ground facing Wirtemberg Street at Chip and Cross Streets is being levelled for building and the old houses are disappearing fast. The small streets leading through into little Manor Street are very clean and tenanted by poor though respectable people, but little Manor Street is dirty, small, and narrow. Manor Street to Larkhall Rise is a wide fairly clean thoroughfare of mixed shops and houses which improves towards the north. The same may be said of Wirtemberg Street, which commences poorly, but from the Board School north is far better than at the Clapham end.

Source: London: South of the Thames - Chapter XX by Sir Walter Besant (1912)

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Lived here
John Neill   
Added: 25 Nov 2021 11:30 GMT   

Sandringham Road, E10 (1937 - 1966)
I lived at No. 61 with my parents during these years. I went to Canterbury Road school (now Barclay Primary) and sang as a boy soprano (treble) in the church choir at St Andrew’s church, on the corner of Forest Glade.
Opposite us lived the Burgess family. Their son Russell also sang in my choir as a tenor. He later became a well-known musician and the choirmaster at Wandsworth Boys’ School.
Just at the end of WW2 a German rocket (V2) landed in the grounds of Whipps Cross Hospital, damaging many of the houses in Sandringham Road, including ours.

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Tim Stevenson   
Added: 16 Nov 2021 18:03 GMT   

Pub still open
The Bohemia survived the 2020/21 lockdowns and is still a thriving local social resource.

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STEPHEN JACKSON   
Added: 14 Nov 2021 17:25 GMT   

Fellows Court, E2
my family moved into the tower block 13th floor (maisonette), in 1967 after our street Lenthall rd e8 was demolished, we were one of the first families in the new block. A number of families from our street were rehoused in this and the adjoining flats. Inside toilet and central heating, all very modern at the time, plus eventually a tarmac football pitch in the grounds,(the cage), with a goal painted by the kids on the brick wall of the railway.

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STEPHEN ARTHUR JACKSON   
Added: 14 Nov 2021 17:12 GMT   

Lynedoch Street, E2
my father Arthur Jackson was born in lynedoch street in 1929 and lived with mm grandparents and siblings, until they were relocated to Pamela house Haggerston rd when the street was to be demolished

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Added: 6 Nov 2021 15:03 GMT   

Old Nichol Street, E2
Information about my grandfather’s tobacconist shop

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tom   
Added: 3 Nov 2021 05:16 GMT   

I met
someone here 6 years ago

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Fion Anderson   
Added: 2 Nov 2021 12:55 GMT   

Elstree not Borehamwood
Home of the UK film industry

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Lived here
roger morris   
Added: 16 Oct 2021 08:50 GMT   

Atherton Road, IG5 (1958 - 1980)
I moved to Atherton road in 1958 until 1980 from Finsbury Park. My father purchased the house from his brother Sydney Morris. My father continued to live there until his death in 1997, my mother having died in 1988.
I attended The Glade Primary School in Atherton Road from sept 1958 until 1964 when I went to Beal School. Have fond memories of the area and friends who lived at no2 (Michael Clark)and no11 (Brian Skelly)

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NEARBY STREETS
Abbeville Mews, SW4 Abbeville Mews is one of the streets of London in the SW4 postal area.
Abbeville Road North, SW4 Abbeville Road North was a short-lived name of the northern section of Abbeville Road.
Allnutt Way, SW4 Allnutt Way is a road in the SW4 postcode area
Bonneville Gardens, SW4 Bonneville Gardens is one of the streets of London in the SW4 postal area.
Briarwood Road, SW4 Briarwood Road is one of the streets of London in the SW4 postal area.
Britannia Close, SW4 Britannia Close is a road in the SW4 postcode area
Caldervale Road, SW4 Caldervale Road is a road in the SW4 postcode area
Cautley Avenue, SW4 Cautley Avenue is one of the streets of London in the SW4 postal area.
Cavendish Road, SW4 Cavendish Road is a road in the SW4 postcode area
Clapham Common South Side, SW4 Clapham Common South Side is a main road skirting the eastern edge of the common.
Clapham Park Road, SW4 Clapham Park Road is one of the streets of London in the SW4 postal area.
Clarence Avenue, SW4 Clarence Avenue is one of the streets of London in the SW4 postal area.
Crescent Lane, SW4 Crescent Lane is one of the streets of London in the SW4 postal area.
Deauville Court, SW4 Deauville Court is one of the streets of London in the SW4 postal area.
Elms Crescent, SW4 Elms Crescent is one of the streets of London in the SW4 postal area.
Elms Road, SW4 Elms Road is one of the streets of London in the SW4 postal area.
Englewood Road, SW12 Englewood Road is one of the streets of London in the SW12 postal area.
Franconia Road, SW4 Franconia Road is one of the streets of London in the SW4 postal area.
Gower Close, SW4 Gower Close is a road in the SW4 postcode area
Hambalt Road, SW4 Hambalt Road crosses Abbeville Road.
Hewer House, SW4 Residential block
Kings Head Passage, SW4 Kings Head Passage is a location in London.
Klea Avenue, SW4 Klea Avenue is a road in the SW4 postcode area
Leppoc Road, SW4 Leppoc Road is a road in the SW4 postcode area
Lessar Avenue, SW4 Lessar Avenue is a road in the SW4 postcode area
Lessar Court, SW4 Lessar Court is one of the streets of London in the SW4 postal area.
Lion Yard, SW4 Lion Yard is one of the streets of London in the SW4 postal area.
Lynette Avenue, SW4 Lynette Avenue is one of the streets of London in the SW4 postal area.
Mandalay Road, SW4 Mandalay Road is one of the streets of London in the SW4 postal area.
Mandeville Mews, SW4 Mandeville Mews is a location in London.
Maple Close, SW4 Maple Close is a road in the SW4 postcode area
Mayfield Close, SW4 Mayfield Close is a road in the SW4 postcode area
Morten Close, SW4 Morten Close is one of the streets of London in the SW4 postal area.
Narbonne Avenue, SW4 Narbonne Avenue runs from Clapham Common South Side to Elms Road.
Northbourne Road, SW4 Northbourne Road is one of the streets of London in the SW4 postal area.
Park Hill, SW4 Park Hill is one of the streets of London in the SW4 postal area.
Park Place, SW4 Park Place was (probably) laid out in the 1860s.
Patio Close, SW4 Patio Close is a road in the SW4 postcode area
Rodenhurst Road, SW4 Rodenhurst Road is one of the streets of London in the SW4 postal area.
Shaftesbury Mews, SW4 Shaftesbury Mews is one of the streets of London in the SW4 postal area.
Shandon Road, SW4 Shandon Road was laid out in the 1880s though its housebuilding lagged behind other local streets.
St Gerards Close, SW4 St Gerards Close is one of the streets of London in the SW4 postal area.
Wakeford Close, SW4 Wakeford Close is one of the streets of London in the SW4 postal area.
Waldo Close, SW4 Waldo Close is a road in the SW4 postcode area
Welmar Mews, SW4 Welmar Mews is one of the streets of London in the SW4 postal area.
West Road, SW4 West Road is one of the streets of London in the SW4 postal area.
Worsopp Drive, SW4 Worsopp Drive is one of the streets of London in the SW4 postal area.

NEARBY PUBS
The King & Co. This pub existed immediately prior to the 2020 global pandemic and may still do so.
The Windmill This pub existed immediately prior to the 2020 global pandemic and may still do so.


Clapham Common

Clapham Common tube station is at the eastern tip of Clapham Common and was opened on 3 June 1900 as the new southern terminus of the City & South London Railway.

Clapham Common is one of two remaining deep-level stations on the underground that has an island platform in tunnel serving both the northbound and southbound lines - the other is Clapham North.

Clapham Common is one of eight London Underground stations that have a deep-level air-raid shelter underneath them. Both entrances to the shelter are north of the station on Clapham High Street.

Clapham Common remained the terminus of the City & South London Railway until the Morden extension was opened on 13 September 1926.


LOCAL PHOTOS
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