History Walk with The Clapham Society

Join Alyson Wilson from The Clapham Society and the Lambeth Local History Forum for a relaxed walk through Clapham Park while we talk about the history of the Estate together.

Date: Sunday, 29 August 2021 (postponed from 8 Aug due to weather)
Time: 2:30pm to 4pm
Cost: £ Free
Ages: Most suitable for 16+ but accompanied children welcome
Spaces: 15 maximum, booking required (10 spaces have been reserved for Estate residents)
Location: meet at Agnes Riley Gardens, Atkins Rd, London SW12 0AH see it on Google Maps
Hosted by: Clapham Park Creative Co-op and The Clapham Society

This walk will be an introduction to Clapham Park, first named in the 1830s by the architect/developer, Thomas Cubitt, who lived in a large house roughly where Rodenhurst Road now is. We shall trace the history and development of the area from open fields, to large houses, which then gave way to local authority blocks of flats and today’s Clapham Park Estate. On the way we shall look at some surviving old buildings and meet some interesting former residents.

This is a chance to hear about the local history that is currently publicly available and archived, and a conversation to learn from each other about the more contemporary history of the Clapham Park Estate that may not be officially recorded. We want this walk to be a conversation, linking the histories of past and present, and identifying new stories that should be archived and researched in future.

This event is free thanks to funding from Metropolitan Thames Valley Housing.

Alyson Wilson chairs the Local History group of the Clapham Society, and is Secretary of Lambeth Local History Forum. She has lived in Clapham for over 50 years, has written several books about Clapham history and regularly conducts walks in different parts of Clapham.

The Clapham Society Local History Sub-committee encourages interest in and knowledge of the history of the Clapham area, by contributing to the Society’s programme of meetings, conducting walks and issuing publications. We seek to support the study of local history in schools.

What can you expect in this workshop?

This will be a very relaxed walk and chat to different parts of Clapham Park Estate. You can expect to come away with historical knowledge of the area, as well as hear from the group about local knowledge that might not be officially recorded. You may even meet some new neighbours and friends who are interested in local history.

Who is this workshop for?

This event is most suitable to adults and youth over 16; children are welcome accompanied by an adult. Due to the objective of this walk to engage a conversation about local history on the Estate, this workshop especially hopes to involve neighbours around Clapham Park, and we have reserved 10 spaces for Estate residents. There will be a waiting list available in case more spaces are available.

Important information

Registration and cancellation: This event is free to you, and we ask that as far as possible by booking a place you commit to attending.  Places are limited, and we want to be sure we offer an opportunity to as many people as possible. Please let us know or cancel your registration if you can no longer attend; no-shows may be prevented from registering to future free workshops and events.

Covid-19 Guidelines: All of our staff and leaders will take lateral flow tests before the workshop; we encourage others to do the same if you are able. Our workshops will continue to adhere to COVID-19 good practice including social distancing, encouraging mask wearing if inside (and outdoors if you would prefer), and regular hand sanitisation. We ask you to please consider others as many of our workshops are attended by people that are still being careful in public settings. If you are feeling unwell or experiencing any symptoms, we ask you to please stay home.

Weather: This event will be held outside, rain or shine, unless it becomes unsafe. We will notify you in the morning if we need to cancel due to weather.

Please bring:
— water / snacks
— umbrella and/or waterproof gear
— hand sanitiser and mask

Photography/Video: Please note that this event will be audio recorded and may be shared publicly (we will not share any names of people speaking). There will also be photographs and videos taken of the walk to share on our social media and communications material. Please let the photographer know at the start of the event if you do not wish to be recorded.

Access Notice

— This event is relaxed and slow; you are welcome to take breaks at any point. We encourage you to bring walkers if needed; there will be some spots to rest along the way.
— The route we will take will be accessible by wheelchairs.
— If you have additional access needs, please contact us and we will do our best to support you to participate.

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