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Clapham, Stockwell and Kennington news, rumour and general chat

Discussion in 'Brixton' started by cuppa tee, Oct 9, 2014.

  1. cuppa tee

    cuppa tee Well-Known Member

    Starting this thread partly because we have no local thread for the outlying villages my side of the town centre but also in tribute to the short life housing at the Old Town end of Rectory Avenue which I believe will soon be gone, and in particular Ted who I spoke to this evening, after 30 years in a house he fixed up himself when the council wanted to demolish it he will soon be forced out, a gentleman, an artist and someone who unlike many others in the manor will say hello to a passing stranger and enjoy an impromptu conversation, in stark contrast to many in the area who regard anyone not in a £300 pound waxed coat, a 4 wheel drive or similar as threat [although as Ted says it's not their fault it's the way they were brought up]

    anyway I can recommend Greggs by the tube as a good spot for a coffee and a bit of sketching where noone will bat an eyelid if you sharpen your pencils on the table
     
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  2. boohoo

    boohoo Part-time Cat

    Is all of that bit of Rectory Grove going?

    In other related news, I got a bumper stash of Clapham local history books for £20. Mega exciting!
     
  3. cuppa tee

    cuppa tee Well-Known Member

    I didn't want to be too intrusive with someone ijust met but I got the feeling the answer would be yes :(
    the good news is that tt least there's now a thread where you can share discoveries from your bumper stash
     
  4. boohoo

    boohoo Part-time Cat

    The first playgroup I attended was on Rectory grove - the first few years of my life were spent in a one bedroom flat off Grafton Square. I use to be scared of one of the corners of Grafton Square. Have you been into the church on Rectory grove?
     
  5. cuppa tee

    cuppa tee Well-Known Member

    no, do they leave it open when its not in use, I have enjoyed the peace and quiet of the churchyard, clapham junction was where I first landed in London, it's changed quite a bit
     
  6. T & P

    T & P |-o-| (-o-) |-o-|

    The length of time it's taking to complete the roadworks in the Old Town area is driving me nuts. Traffic has been shit for months. And they don't seem to make their mind up about whether to ban private vehicles from the stretch of road by The Sun pub and past the Sainsbury's Local. There has been a big wooden beam laying at the entrance of the road for many weeks, but is not very long and cars have been squeezing through without much of an issue. Completely pointless exercise.
     
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  7. JG_SW4

    JG_SW4 New Member

    Anyone know what is going to be on the site that was Belgo's on Clapham High St? Rumour mill was the owners of Infernos bought the space - which is slightly worrying...
     
  8. boohoo

    boohoo Part-time Cat

    cuppa tee - a few years ago, the church was being cleaned and we managed to get a look inside. There are some interesting sculptures from the earlier church on the site.
     
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  9. cuppa tee

    cuppa tee Well-Known Member

  10. Tricky Skills

    Tricky Skills I demand tea - NOW!

    The grand opening of the Stockwell Square / public realm takes place on 18 October. Here's hoping that no stray cars drive down Binfield Road, as they have been continuing to do so ever since the 'Square' first appeared.

    [​IMG]
     
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  11. cuppa tee

    cuppa tee Well-Known Member

    Is that can of Tyskie a permanent part of the streetscape ?
     
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  12. boohoo

    boohoo Part-time Cat

    Tricky Skills Seems like not much has changed on that little bit of Stockwell apart from the random chairs.
     
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  13. JG_SW4

    JG_SW4 New Member

    They also own Bison & Bird, possibly the most generic bar on Clapham High St. after revolution... Oh, and the Oirish pub. So not holding my breath for anything interesting on that site.
     
  14. Tricky Skills

    Tricky Skills I demand tea - NOW!

    To be fair I've been told that the 'Stockwell public realm' isn't quite finished. There's talk of a street market, and then more optimistically, joining up the Square with the Memorial Garden.

    But that would involve major work by TfL. It seems a long way off.
     
  15. DietCokeGirl

    DietCokeGirl [Your Ad Here]

    I still don't understand it. It's pedestrianised except for buses? I've seen a few near misses between pedestrians and cars or buses.
     
  16. Tricky Skills

    Tricky Skills I demand tea - NOW!

    It's also incredibly dangerous if you are cycling down Stockwell Road, waiting at the lights by the Swan and then turning right into South Lambeth Road. You hug the left lane, knowing that cars can't turn into Binfield Road. But the cars don't realise that this is now no longer allowed. I've had a couple of near misses when they have almost ploughed straight into me as I reach Binfield Road.
     
  17. Jesterburger

    Jesterburger Member

    My understanding from the original consultation was that the market was essentially part of the phase one plans, so I suspect that is likely to happen pretty soon (in fact I think I saw one of the local councillors discussing it on Twitter), whereas the connection to the war memorial is a future aspiration, which will obviously need further consultation with tfl.

    Aha - in fact there is a survey going on right now about what people want from the market: http://www.snapsurveys.com/swh/surveylogin.asp?k=141112632896
     
  18. Jesterburger

    Jesterburger Member

  19. footballerslegs

    footballerslegs Well-Known Member

    Just filled out the survey. Also, I noticed a load of scaffolding up over the Ladbrookes opposite the tube yesterday - it looks like they're building upwards. Anyone know what that's about?
     
  20. snowy_again

    snowy_again Slush

    I was going to ask that too - the structure they're building must be pretty big as there's two levels of scaffolding and platforms.
     
  21. footballerslegs

    footballerslegs Well-Known Member

    I'm guessing it's residential... for those that want to live on top of a bookies!:eek:
     
  22. snowy_again

    snowy_again Slush

    And yet the space above the bank opposite has been empty for years (as are the flats above the Swan, but that's a different story).
     
  23. footballerslegs

    footballerslegs Well-Known Member

    Is that a sharable story?! Sounds interesting!
     
  24. Tricky Skills

    Tricky Skills I demand tea - NOW!

    Sainsbury has bought Jack's :(
     
  25. Plumdaff

    Plumdaff joy in people

    Even though I left Stockwell last year that makes me so sad.
     
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  26. footballerslegs

    footballerslegs Well-Known Member

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  27. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

  28. SarfLondoner

    SarfLondoner KenDoddsDadsDogsDead.

    That will make it 3 stores between Stockwell tube and Clapham north, Add 2 On Clapham high street and 1 in the old town.:hmm:
     
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  29. madolesance

    madolesance Well-Known Member

  30. boohoo

    boohoo Part-time Cat

    So sad although I do tend to use the costcutter more.
     

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