CLAPHAM SOCIETY WALKS 2021

Guided walks programme for the year

Walks usually last between 60 and 90 minutes. All walks must be booked in advance this year because of the uncertainty about numbers allowed due to Covid regulations. If you have any questions about a walk, please contact the leader at the email address shown below.

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

Friday 23 April
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 night time companions. Leaving from the Bandstand on Clapham Common at 8.15 pm.
Free, but booking essential with iboulton@lambeth.gov.uk

Wednesday 5 May
Clapham in World War Two. 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 air raid shelters, barrage balloons, a military encampment, allotments and ‘prefab’ housing, we had it all here. Leaving from the Clock Tower outside Clapham Common Underground Station at 6.30 pm.
Free, but booking essential with tom.jansz@hotmail.co.uk

Wednesday 2 June
The Growth of a Victorian Suburb. Timothy Walker will lead his popular walk tracing the development of housing ‘Twixt the Commons’ by a series of speculative builders as the older houses were demolished. Leaving at 6.30 pm from Clapham South Underground Station. This walk is part of Wandsworth Heritage Festival.
Free, but booking essential with tehwalker@uwclub.net

Tuesday 8 June
Mostly Medical. This new walk led by Gillian Robinson will take us along Nightingale Lane looking at some of the old and not so old houses with an emphasis on those with a medical history. We shall learn about The Nightingales Home, Queen Elizabeth House and Audiology House finishing at Clapham South Underground Station to look at the former South London Hospital for Women. (now Tesco’s).
This walk is part of Wandsworth Heritage Festival. Leaving at 6.30 pm from Wandsworth Common Station.
Free, but booking essential with thenightingales95@gmail.com

Sunday 13 June
South Side people over 200 years. A walk along Clapham Common South Side with Mike Tuffrey to meet the ‘movers and shakers’ – merchants and bankers, philanthropists and art collectors, nuns and even a bishop – who made this their home over two centuries. Leaving from the Clock Tower outside Clapham Common Underground Station at 2.30 pm.
Free, but booking essential with mtuffrey@talk21.com

Sunday 18 July>
Clapham Common Woodland Discovery Walk. Dr Iain Boulton will lead a short excursion around Battersea Rise Woods on Clapham Common, to explain the origins and evolution of woodlands on commons in South London, such as Clapham, Wandsworth and Tooting Bec. Have these woodlands always been here, and if not, what was there before them? What species do we find in these woodlands, and what uses have our ancestors put such these trees to, and what’s the future for woodlands on our open spaces in the light of things like climate change, tree diseases and increased use? Leaving from the Bandstand on Clapham Common at 2 pm.
Free, but booking essential with iboulton@lambeth.gov.uk

Wednesday 7 July
Who lived here? Alyson Wilson will lead a walk along Clapham Common North Side to introduce some former residents. From diarist Samuel Pepys, to architects Charles Barry and two of the I’Anson architectural dynasty, John Hatchard of bookshop fame and John Walter founder of The Times, an eclectic mix of interesting people have made their homes along this stretch of Clapham Common. Leaving from the Clock Tower outside Clapham Common Underground Station at 6.30 pm.
Free, but booking essential with Alyson history@claphamsociety.com

Thursday 29 July
Commemorating People and Buildings. A walk around Clapham Old Town, and a little beyond, led by Alyson Wilson looking at wall-mounted plaques – some marking important former residents and others marking a change of use of interesting buildings. Leaving from the Clock Tower outside Clapham Common Underground Station at 6.30 pm.
Free, but booking essential with Alyson history@claphamsociety.com

Sunday 15 August
Clapham Common Geological Discovery Walk. Dr Iain Boulton will explore the various rocks and soils that underlie Clapham Common, using some simple tools to dig down and find out what’s there. How did these rocks and soils come to be there, and how do they influence what we now see on the surface? Can we use what’s underneath us to ‘read the tealeaves’ for the future of the Common, and how can we exploit the Common’s geology to make improvements or sustainable changes? Leaving from the Bandstand on Clapham Common at 2 pm.
Free, but booking essential with iboulton@lambeth.gov.uk

Sunday 5 September
The History of Clapham Common. Tom Jansz leads this new walk, tracing the history of Clapham Common from medieval grazing ground through place of recreation for eighteenth century incomers who built villas around it, associations with The Clapham Sect, witness to transformation from rural village to Victorian suburb, home of some notable residents, to its important community role in WW2, and finally to today’s green recreation heart of our thriving and multi-cultural area. This walk is part of the Lambeth Heritage Festival. Leaving from the Bandstand on Clapham Common at 2.30 pm.
Free, but booking essential with tom.jansz@hotmail.co.uk

Friday 10 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 night time companions. Leaving from the Bandstand on Clapham Common at 7.15 pm.
Free but booking essential with iboulton@lambeth.gov.uk

Wednesday 29 September
The man who built an Edwardian neighbourhood. Mike Tuffrey will lead a walk round the streets between Cavendish Road and Narbonne Avenue exploring how the neighbourhood came to be built, and revealing the identity of the elusive land agent – a linen draper from Tottenham and sometime felon – who made it all happen. This walk is part of the Lambeth Heritage Festival. Leaving from Clapham South Underground Station at 6.30 pm.
Free, but booking essential with mtuffrey@talk21.com

N.B. Remember that we also sell a set of self-guided walks leaflets (see Publications) and there is free App of the Clapham Ghostsigns Walk, available from the App store. Many guided walks are operated by other South London societies and details can be found on their websites.

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.