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Local History Week #2
Monday 10 November, 2008


Clapham has much more historical significance than simply being the place where the mythical omnibus departs from. Originally a Saxon village, Clapham became a safe haven from the Great Plague and Fire during the mid 1600's.

Modern Clapham is home to three historical Deep Level Shelters, as well as enough bars and clubs to floor a modern day army.

A recent find in Clapham has been the foundations of the palatial town house where Samuel Pepys lived for a period in his life. With the pace of modern day Clapham seemingly changing by the month, it was reassuring to find Henry Green from the Clapham Society so enthusiastic about preserving the memory of Pepys in South London.

Henry was an extremely affable, informative and inquisitive host. We had an interesting chat off camera not only about Clapham, but also about technology and how it can be used at a local level.

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