TQ2873 : Du Cane Court, Balham

taken 7 years ago, near to Upper Tooting, Wandsworth, Great Britain

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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TQ2873, 168 images   (more nearby )
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Date Taken
Saturday, 8 May, 2010   (more nearby)
Submitted
Friday, 25 June, 2010
Category
Art deco   (more nearby)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 283 730 [100m precision]
WGS84: 51:26.5147N 0:9.2868W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 283 730
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West-northwest (about 292 degrees)
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