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Clapham is a district of South London lying mainly within the London Borough of Lambeth, but with some areas such as Clapham Common extending into the neighbouring London Borough of Wandsworth. Clapham is three miles from central London with Battersea to the north, Brixton to the east, Balham and Streatham to the south and Wandsworth to the west. It is covered by the SW4, SW8, SW9, SW11 and SW12 postcode areas.
In the late 17th century, large country houses began to be built there, and throughout the 18th and early 19th century it was a favourite area of the wealthier merchant classes of the City of London, who built many large houses and villas around Clapham Common and in the Old Town.
With the arrival of the railways in the mid 1800s, Clapham developed as a suburb for commuters into central London. Clapham High Street railway station opened in 1862 and the underground City and South London Railway was extended to the area in 1900. By 1900 Clapham had fallen from favour with the upper classes. Many of their grand houses had been demolished by the middle of the 20th century, though a number remain around the Common and in the Old Town.
Clapham is an area of varied housing, ranging from the large Queen Anne, Regency and Georgian-era homes of the Old Town and Clapham Common, to rows of Victorian housing in the Abbeville area. There are also detached and semi-detached Edwardian houses. Most of these properties are ideally suited for loft conversions, with ample potential loft space for additional living areas, extra bedrooms for a large family or guests, a private study or office space.