Clapham Common Crop marks

Discussion in 'London and the South East' started by Shippou-Sensei, Jul 20, 2018.

  1. Shippou-Sensei

    Shippou-Sensei 4:1:2.5

    I was pissing about with google maps and saw what look like crop marks on clapham common.

    Having watched far too much Time Team I am now super curious as to what this might be. (all in my imagination no doubt)

    The lines look parallel to the existing pathway so a park related structure?
    (It's just caused by the lawnmower they use isn't it?)

  2. twentythreedom

    twentythreedom Patterdale Terrorist

    I bet it's something to do with seagulls. Wankers :mad:
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  3. 19sixtysix

    19sixtysix Life as viewed from a Gay Gorbals Garret

    Could it be WW2? Didn't they start growing crops in the parks. Also maybe air raid shelters.
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  4. Supine

    Supine Rough Like Badger

    Opening hatch for a military space vehicle?
  5. andysays

    andysays Defiantly non-premium member

    This is interesting

    Hidden landscapes the heatwave is revealing
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  6. alex_

    alex_ Well-Known Member

    Allotments ?
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  7. Puddy_Tat

    Puddy_Tat meh

    or prefab housing at the end of ww2?

    can't really see the photo clearly as i'm on the move, but have seen a blog or two showing outlines of prefab sites on whats now green space elsewhere in london
  8. alex_

    alex_ Well-Known Member

    Eg Clapham Common, Clapham: World War II

    I think this is looking towards Clapham Common north side from over by the long pond and is about where your lines are
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  9. Poot

    Poot Everyone's a superhero, everyone's a Captain Kirk

    I don't know Clapham Common but I reckon this by the shapes. Possibly during the war.
  10. Shippou-Sensei

    Shippou-Sensei 4:1:2.5

    I was browsing through a timeline of the site and saw two things that might account for the marks
    The dark lines could be the remains of drainage ditches or trenches.

    looks a little narrow for trenches though
  11. JimW

    JimW 支那暗杀团

    Old animal pens? Did they graze stock being driven to market there back in the day?
  12. Puddy_Tat

    Puddy_Tat meh

    Well, I think any of the above could be right.

    1949 large scale OS map shows 'gun site' a bit north of the bit of the common in question, and prefabs along Long Road.

    see here (mouse wheel will zoom in / out, and the slider 'change transparency of overlay' lets you fade in / out of current map or satellite.

    But nothing on the exact spot you refer to.

    This page mentions allotments and air raid shelters (can't find anything specific about these - the deep level shelter at Clapham Common station has a lot of coverage on the web) and an anti aircraft gun position, it also mentions trenches being dug in ww1 as a military training exercise.

    Phil Piratin MP (communist, Mile End) asked a question in the House in 1949 (Hansard) about the use of Clapham Common, which also mentions a Ministry of Works depot which is not marked on the map (anything remotely military is / was often not marked on maps - I was surprised to see 'gun site' as OS maps of similar age show the Woolwich Arsenal site as a blank space, and it was only fairly recently that maps started showing the post office tower - or whatever the heck it's called now)
  13. ska invita

    ska invita back on the other side

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  14. Shippou-Sensei

    Shippou-Sensei 4:1:2.5

    Looking on those maps I also saw that brixton road follows the course of a roman road. I did not know that.
  15. not-bono-ever

    not-bono-ever Not what they want but what is good for them

    Clapham common was used as a dumping ground/ concentration point for the rubble from the bombings during WW2
  16. Artaxerxes

    Artaxerxes Well-Known Member

    Looks military, there's a gunsite and barracks listed on the 44-67 map nearby.

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