Victorian London - Directories - Dickens's Dictionary of London, by Charles Dickens, Jr., 1879 - "Clapham"

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Clapham. A large and rapidly growing district on the Surrey side, of very varied cha- racter. The best part, close around the Common, stands high, and is one of the healthiest and most bracing situations in the immediate neighbourhood of London. Thence, however, the ground slopes away, and many of the houses in Clapham lie low, and in quite a different climate. The Common itself is a fine open space of about 200 acres, with several fine clumps of old trees. Rents run comparatively high, and houses in the choicer situations are not easy to obtain, the demand for them being all the greater that Clapham, which still retains something of its semi-. rural flavour, is nevertheless within the magic four-mile circle. From Victoria, 1st, -/6, -/8; 2nd, -/4, -/6; 3rd, -/2, -/4. Ludgate-hill, 1st, - /6, -/9; 2nd, -/5, -/8; 3rd, /4, -/6. King's-cross, 1st, -/8, 1/-; 2nd, -/6, -/10; 3rd, -/4, -/8. Trains run from Victoria, Ludgate-hill, Waterloo, London-bridge, and Kensington to Clapham Junction at about same fares. Omnibus Routes, High-st, Balham-hill, Clapham- rise, and King's-road; Tramway, Clapham-road.

Charles Dickens (Jr.), Dickens's Dictionary of London, 1879