Famed for its huge common, a verdant venue for many outdoor summer events and sports, affluent Clapham (Clopeham in the Domesday Book) is a popular and distinctly middle-class neighbourhood in South London. The main thoroughfare, Clapham High St, starts at the common’s northeastern edge and is lined with bars, restaurants and shops.
In the northwestern corner of the Common, the brick and stone Holy Trinity Church (1776) was home to the Clapham Sect, a group of wealthy evangelical Christians that included William Wilberforce, a leading antislavery campaigner, active between 1790 and 1830. The sect also campaigned against child labour and for prison reform.
Beyond the church is Clapham Old Town, the historic heart of Clapham, with fine old buildings and a more sedate air than the high street.