CLAPHAM SOCIETY WALKS 2022

Guided walks programme for the year

These guided walks are available from April to October but for those who like to venture out on historical walks all year long, our self-guided walks leaflets are useful during the winter.
We sell individual guides or a set of self-guided walks leaflets on the Publications Page.
The leaflets are also available from Clapham Books at 26 The Pavement SW4 0JA and there is a free App of the Clapham Ghostsigns Walk, available from the App store.

Walks in Clapham usually last between 60 and 90 minutes. All walks must be booked in advance to restrict numbers for comfort. If you have any questions about a walk, please contact the leader at the email address shown below.

We also organise other events and meetings throughout the year.
The programme for the year is shown on the Events page.

The South London Walks Leaflet is available for April 2022 to March 2023.
Click for details here.

Friday 15 April
Cancelled due to Covid infections
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

Sunday 24 April
The History of Clapham Common. Tom Jansz leads this walk, tracing the history of Clapham Common from medieval grazing ground through place of recreation for 18th 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. Leaving from the Bandstand on Clapham Common at 2.30 pm.
Free, but booking essential with tom.jansz@hotmail.co.uk

Tuesday 31 May
The Development of a Victorian Suburb. Timothy Walker will lead his popular walk tracing the growth of housing ‘Twixt the Commons’ by a series of speculative builders as the older houses were demolished. This walk is part of Wandsworth Heritage Festival. Leaving from Clapham South Underground Station at 6.30 pm.
Free, but booking essential with tehwalker@uwclub.net

Saturday 4 June
Mostly Medical. This 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 from Wandsworth Common Station at 2.30 pm.
Free, but booking essential with thenightingales95@gmail.com

Wednesday 22 June
Clapham Common: Women of South Side over 200 Years. Michael Tuffrey will
walk along Clapham Common South Side, tracing the history of the buildings and, through the little reported stories of some determined women, meeting the people who made this their home. The walk will follow the stretch from the Notre Dame Estate to Cavendish Road, covering both much redeveloped sites and original buildings, with some old stories told through new eyes. Leaving from the Clock Tower at Clapham Common Underground Station at 6 pm.
Free, but booking essential with mtuffrey@talk21.com

Sunday 10 July
Abbeville ‘village’: The making of an Edwardian neighbourhood. Michael Tuffrey will lead this walk round the streets of Abbeville ‘village’ exploring how the big houses were progressively demolished and revealing the characters (and crooks) who made it happen This walk covers a wider area and more of the history than last year’s which focused on the Clock House estate. Leaving from Clapham South Underground station at 3 pm.
Free, but booking essential with mtuffrey@talk21.com

Sunday 24 July Postponed until 7 August
Hidden History of Clapham Common – Rediscovering Lost Landscapes and Nature. Dr Iain Boulton from Lambeth Parks and Open Spaces leads this walk to discover how the Common has changed and evolved over time, with a focus on lost or hidden landscapes, wildlife features and heritage – and how we can use what we see to bring the past back into view! Leaving from the Bandstand on Clapham Common at 1 pm.
Free, but booking essential with iboulton@lambeth.gov.uk

Sunday 31 July
Clapham Ghostsigns. 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 from Clapham North Underground Station at 2.30 pm.
Free, but booking essential with Alyson history@claphamsociety.com

Thursday 4 August
Clapham Old Town. Gillian Robinson will take a fresh look at some familiar places in Old Town and along North Side. We will discuss the development of Old Town, meet some famous and infamous past residents and look at some interesting buildings. Leaving from the Clock Tower at Clapham Common Underground Station at 6.30 pm.
Free, but booking essential with thenightingales95@gmail.com

Sunday 7 August
Hidden History of Clapham Common – Rediscovering Lost Landscapes and Nature. Dr Iain Boulton from Lambeth Parks and Open Spaces leads this walk to discover how the Common has changed and evolved over time, with a focus on lost or hidden landscapes, wildlife features and heritage – and how we can use what we see to bring the past back into view! Leaving from the Bandstand on Clapham Common at 1 pm.
Free, but booking essential with iboulton@lambeth.gov.uk

Thursday 1 September
The History of Clapham Common. Tom Jansz will repeat his walk of 24 April, See above for full details. This walk is part of the Lambeth Heritage Festival. Leaving from the Bandstand on Clapham Common at 6 pm.
Free, but booking essential with tom.jansz@hotmail.co.uk 

Wednesday 14 September
The Development of Clapham Park. Alyson Wilson’s walk will start close to the site of Clapham Park, the home of Thomas Cubitt (1788-1855) and trace the development of the southern part of hjs estate from parkland, through 19th century mansions and public housing from the 1930s onwards, to the continuing 21st century rebuilding. This walk is part of the Lambeth Heritage Festival. Leaving from Agnes Riley Gardens, Atkins Road, SW12 0AH at 2.30 pm.
Free, but booking essential with Alyson history@claphamsociety.com

Friday 23 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

Sunday 2 October
Seeing the Woods for the Trees? Dr Iain Boulton’s walk will discuss the trees and plants of Clapham Common, looking at which trees relate back to the older history and management of the Common, and how changes in attitudes and views have also changed the trees and plants we now find on it. Leaving from the Bandstand on Clapham Common at 2.30 pm.
Free, but booking essential with iboulton@lambeth.gov.uk

Wednesday 12 October
Clapham Old Town. Gillian Robinson will take a fresh look at some familiar places in Old Town and along North Side. We will discuss the development of Old Town, meet some famous and infamous past residents and look at some interesting buildings. Leaving from St Paul’s Church, Rectory Grove, SW4 0DZ at 2.30 pm.
Free, but booking essential with thenightingales95@gmail.com

Thursday 20 October
Around Park Hill. Alyson Wilson’s walk will follow Crescent Lane towards Park Hill to trace the start of the building of Cubitt’s Clapham Park Estate, as far as Clarence Avenue and back along King’s Avenue. Leaving from Clapham Common Underground Station SW4 7AJ at 2.30 pm.
Free, but booking essential with Alyson history@claphamsociety.com

N.B. Remember that we also sell a set of self-guided walks leaflets (see Publications) and there is a 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.