Wirtemberg Street, SW4

Road in/near Clapham High Street, existed between the 1850s and 1919.

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Wirtemberg Street is one of the lost streets of Clapham.

Wirtemberg Street was named after the Kingdom of Württemberg, established in what is now Germany in 1806.

At a public lecture in Clapham during 1859, a woman was reported "living in Wirtemberg Street" so it can be assumed to have been laid out in that decade or earlier. The Wirtemberg Arms public house seems to have originated then too.

Wirtemberg Street was Wirtemberg Grove during the 1860s with its very northern section called Back Lane.

Wirtemberg Street was renamed Stonhouse Street on 14 March 1919. During, and in the aftermath of, the Great War, there was a renaming effort of nearly all of London’s ’German-sounding’ roads. The Wirtemberg Arms pub was also renamed the Windsor Arms at the same time (later The Stonhouse). For more obscure reasons, Cross Street on the corner of the pub also changed its name at the time to become Cresset Street.

It continued its life as a continuous street - now Stonhouse Street - until the Blitz. A high-explosive bomb fell at 8.55pm on 7 Sepember 1940 destroying much of the northern part of the former Wirtemberg Street and the area was redeveloped.


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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)



Lived here
Mike Dowling   
Added: 15 Jun 2024 15:51 GMT   

Family ties (1936 - 1963)
The Dowling family lived at number 13 Undercliffe Road for
Nearly 26 years. Next door was the Harris family

Evie Helen   
Added: 13 Jun 2024 00:03 GMT   

Vickers Road
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Paul Harris    
Added: 12 Jun 2024 12:54 GMT   

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Added: 10 Jun 2024 19:31 GMT   

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Charles Black   
Added: 24 May 2024 12:54 GMT   

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Tony Whipple   
Added: 16 Apr 2024 21:35 GMT   

Frank Whipple Place, E14
Frank was my great-uncle, I’d often be ’babysat’ by Peggy while Nan and Dad went to the pub. Peggy was a marvel, so full of life. My Dad and Frank didn’t agree on most politics but everyone in the family is proud of him. A genuinely nice, knowledgable bloke. One of a kind.

Theresa Penney   
Added: 16 Apr 2024 18:08 GMT   

1 Whites Row
My 2 x great grandparents and his family lived here according to the 1841 census. They were Dutch Ashkenazi Jews born in Amsterdam at the beginning of the 19th century but all their children were born in Spitalfields.


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Map of Clapham Common (1890s map) Clapham in the last years of the nineteenth century, was an area in transition. It had been an area of serious wealth with large houses "in the country" for the heads of industry in the City. With the coming of the railways, and the tube, Clapham became more accessible and land values rose. Housing covered much open land and many large houses around the Common were sold off to developers. Another in the May ’map a day’ series
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