Clapham Junction, London SW1
An inn of the same name existed here, on the corner of what was once "a country cross-roads," long before the busy railway junction was constructed nearby (Weinreb and Hibbert 183). The inn was rebuilt in 1880 as a hotel with a curving frontage in a rather heavy Italianate style, and with art deco fittings ("Clapham Junction" 3). It still serves as a landmark. Visible in the first interior view is a framed print of the slave trade abolitionists who were members of the Clapham Sect and who lived in Clapham or its locality. It seems very likely that they would have met in the earlier tavern on this spot.
Photograph and text Jacqueline Banerjee
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