TQ2872 : Du Cane Court, Balham

taken 8 years ago, near to Upper Tooting, Wandsworth, Great Britain

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Du Cane Court, Balham
Du Cane Court, Balham
Du Cane Court is an Art Deco apartment block on Balham High Road, Balham. A distinctive local landmark, it was opened in 1937 and, with 676 apartments, is the largest privately owned block of flats under one roof in Europe.
It was a popular place to live for many music hall stars in the 1930s and '40s and boasted a social club, on the top floor, before the area was converted into flats. Past residents have included the comedian Tommy Trinder. Currently comedian and writer Arthur Smith, the self-styled 'Bard of Balham', is a resident.

During World War II it was speculated that Du Cane Court had escaped bombing because it was planned for use by military officers in the event of a successful German invasion.[2][3] This and related legends were explored by writer Steve Punt in a 2009 BBC Radio 4 programme called Punt PI.[4]

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Date Taken
Saturday, 8 May, 2010   (more nearby)
Friday, 25 June, 2010
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OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 283 729 [100m precision]
WGS84: 51:26.4717N 0:9.2972W
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OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 283 729
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