TQ2875 : Football on Clapham Common

taken 7 years ago, near to Clapham, Lambeth, Great Britain

Football on Clapham Common
Football on Clapham Common
Clapham Common was originally two commons belonging to neighbouring parishes. There was substantial disagreement over where the boundary lay and in 1716 the Battersea parishioners dug a ditch across the common to demarcate their portion. This was rapidly filled in. One of the reasons the common has survived is through its popularity with the wealthy and influential as a place to reside and hence protect from development. Many of their houses still surround the common. In 1877, the common was bought by the Metropolitan Board of Works from the Lords of the Manors and designated as a Metropolitan Common "dedicated to and for the use and recreation of the public as an open and unenclosed space for ever". Clapham Common is one of the very few large Metropolitan Commons not to have been dissected by railway lines, but road-building has made up for this. This view looks across the main part of the common which is not crossed by roads. Clapham Common is completely flat which lends itself to football pitches as seen here.
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Date Taken
Wednesday, 12 October, 2011   (more nearby)
Wednesday, 12 October, 2011
Geographical Context
Sport, Leisure  Park and Public Gardens 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 2855 7513 [10m precision]
WGS84: 51:27.6334N 0:9.0603W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 2849 7514
View Direction
East-southeast (about 112 degrees)
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