The Clapham Society

CLAPHAM SOCIETY WALKS 2020

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As a result of the Covid-19 crisis, it is possible that meetings and walks will be cancelled. If at all possible, Alyson Wilson hopes to continue leading her walks as planned from late July. Please check this page regularly for updates. Members: If you think our Membership Secretary does not have your correct email address, please send it to her in case we need to email you in the future.
Membership: Jennifer Everett. Email: jeverett@waitrose.com

All walks are free, but advance booking is advisable (when an email address is shown) so that we can provide an extra guide if necessary. Starting points are shown, and most walks terminate close to public transport. For the Underground Rivers Walk and Ghost Signs Walk booking is ESSENTIAL (see below), because of limited places. Walks last about 1 hours.

This page is dedicated to walks that are available from May to September but we organise other events throughout the year.
The programme for the year is shown on the Events page.

Thursday 7 May - CANCELLED
Clapham in World War II. For our first walk of the season, on the day before the special May Bank holiday celebrating VE Day, Tom Jansz will lead a walk showing how Clapham, in particular the Common, was affected by and adapted to the war. From bomb damage, to shelters, barrage balloons, allotments and ‘prefab’ housing, we had it all here. Leaving at 2.30 pm from Clapham Common Underground Station SW4 7AJ.
Free but please book with tom.jansz@hotmail.co.uk.

Thursday 14 May - CANCELLED
Underground Rivers. Jon Newman, of Lambeth Archives, who gave us a fascinating talk on this subject in September 2019, will lead a three-mile walk round the boundaries of the parish of Clapham as defined by the long-vanished watercourses of the Holburne, Heathwall and Heathwall Brook. Departure at 6.15 pm from the junction of Clapham Common North Side and Cedars Road SW4.
This walk is now fully booked.

Friday 17 May - CANCELLED
Spring Bat walk led by Dr Iain Boulton from Lambeth Parks and Open Spaces. Always popular, we’ll use bat detectors and our own eyes to look for, listen to and be amazed at these fascinating creatures, and who knows, we might find some new and interesting species as well as the more common ones! Wrap up warm and comfortable for a journey into the world of our nighttime companions.
Meet at 8.15 pm at the Bandstand.

Wednesday 3 June - CANCELLED
Growth of a Victorian Suburb. Timothy Walker will lead his popular walk tracing the development of housing ‘Twixt the Commons’ by series of speculative builders as the older houses were demolished. Leaving at 6.30 pm from Clapham South Underground Station SW12 9DU. This walk is part of Wandsworth Heritage Festival.
Free but please book with tehwalker@uwclub.net.

Sunday 21 June
What’s Beneath Your Feet? The Hidden History Beneath Clapham Common – geology, water and buried secrets. Led by Dr Iain Boulton from Lambeth Parks and Open Spaces: a walk to discover the influence of the rocks, soils and watercourses that have shaped and influenced what we see today on Clapham Common, and how humans have played their own part in this fascinating story.
Meet at 2 pm at the Bandstand.

Sunday 28 June - CANCELLED
Around Clapham North. A guided walk led by Anne Wilson which will start at 2.30 pm Clapham North Underground Station SW4 7TS. The main route of this circular walk will be around the 19th century development of Clapham to the north of the station. It will head towards St. John's Church and the Clapham Rise Estate, returning to the station along Clapham Manor Street and the High Street.
Free but please book with annev.wilson@yahoo.com.

Sunday 12 July - CANCELLED
Ancient Arrivals and Modern Interlopers. A walk led by Dr Iain Boulton from Lambeth Parks and Open Spaces to discover the origins, uses and impacts of plants and animals found on Clapham Common. How we humans and our actions have played a role in the types of plants and wild animals we find on and around Clapham Common, and how these are potentially influencing the way we live our lives and use our own open spaces!
Meet at 2 pm at the Bandstand.

Wednesday 29 July
Some Clapham Old Town People. A leisurely stroll led by Alyson Wilson leaving at 6.30 pm from Clapham Common Underground Station SW4 7AJ. The walk will concentrate on the stories of some interesting residents of the Clapham Old Town area over the years.
Free but please book with alysonwilson.sw4@gmail.com.

Sunday 6 September
Clapham Ghost Signs. A walk led by Alyson Wilson, originally devised by Sam Roberts (aka Mr Ghost Signs) that traces Clapham’s history through its wonderful collection of fading painted advertisements. Leaving at 2.30 pm from Clapham North Underground Station SW4 7TS.
Free but booking is ESSENTIAL with alysonwilson.sw4@gmail.com. Very limited spaces.

Thursday 17 September
From Matrimony Place to The Surprise. A walk led by Anne Wilson, which will start at 2.30 pm at St Paul’s Church, Rectory Grove, SW4 0DH. The route will follow Larkhall Rise and Larkhall Lane taking in the Grade Two listed Larkhall Estate and gardens and proceed to Larkhall Park and The Surprise. This walk is part of Lambeth Heritage Festival.
Free but please book with annev.wilson@yahoo.com.

Friday 18 September
Autumn Bat Walk led by Dr Iain Boulton from Lambeth Parks and Open Spaces. Always popular, we’ll use bat detectors and our own eyes to look for, listen to and be amazed at these fascinating creatures, and who knows, we might find some new and interesting species as well as the more common ones! As winter approaches, find out what the Common’s bats are up to in order to get ready for hibernation. Wrap up warm and comfortable for a journey into the world of our nighttime companions.
Meet at 7.15 pm at the Bandstand.

We try to have something to suit everyone and hope that you will join us on our walks.
Click Here for The Events programme for the year.




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