Clapham Junction and the rest of Battersea has a rich cultural heritage with lots of historic points of interest. Read more about our history, public services available in the local area and things to do around Clapham Junction.
Clapham Junction and the rest of Battersea has a rich cultural heritage with lots of historic points of interest.
The parish grew from several distinct areas. These consisted of the original village around Battersea Square, the crossroads that would become known as Clapham Junction, the upmarket area between Clapham and Wandsworth Commons and the industrial district of Nine Elms.
With the opening of Clapham Junction Station in 1863, the focus of Battersea changed from the riverside to St. John’s Hill and St. John’s Road, which became the main shopping centre. At the main centre was the department store Arding and Hobbs, while the cheaper products were available from the street market in Northcote Road. Lavender Hill became the location of the public buildings, such as the Town Hall, police station and magistrates court and the post office. A number of theatres and cinemas provided entertainment. The urban sprawl was relieved by the open spaces of Clapham and Wandsworth Commons but the major attraction near the river was Battersea Park, in which all sorts of sports facilities and other attractions were available.
London’s famous blue plaques link the people of the past with the buildings of the present, and you can find plenty of these around Clapham Junction. To help you explore the area, discover new places and learn more about Battersea’s captivating past and vibrant future, five walking trails have been developed to provide insightful guided tours.
Each trail has been created to bring Battersea to life and showcase the best the area has to offer, highlighting historic landmarks, local venues and future developments.
From libraries to children’s playgrounds, Clapham Junction provides access to many public amenities and services.
If you are looking for a Post Office in Clapham Junction, you can find out about service details and opening hours by searching for your nearest branch here.
Battersea Library is situated on Lavender Hill and as well as offering a wide range of books, newspapers and magazines, you can find public computers, free Wi-Fi, and study space.
Wandsworth Work Match has been set up by the council to help match out of work local people with new jobs in the borough. If you are looking for work in Wandsworth or would like to find out more about their services you can find their offices at 207, Lavender Hill, Battersea, London SW11 5SD.
There are two children’s playgrounds in Clapham Junction; the first is a play area situated behind the ASDA complex and the second is located on Wandsworth Common and has facilities for children with disabilities.