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Clapham Junction Area

Date range1963-1968
LocationLondon Metropolitan Archives (see all files stored here)
CatalogueSee entry
File baseFond GLC, subfond DG/PTI/P


As with most files in GLC/DG/PTI/P/05, this is a summary of correspondence, memoranda and minutes around the topic in the file's title. This makes it fairly hit and miss. There's nothing to blow your socks off here, but it contains some worthwhile nuggets of trivia.

Unfortunately most of the file is actually to do with some bridge works carried out on St Johns Hill (where the A3036 crosses the tracks south from Clapham Junction, if you're making notes) in early 1966 which necessitated the closure of the road. No suitable diversion for the number 45 bus could be found. Heavens above.

Contents of note

  • The GLC paid £5200 for 143 Harbut Road, which was on the path of the Clapham Junction to C Ring Road Link, and which the owner could not sell.
  • The motorway would have run to the south of Clapham Junction railway station, at a height of about 80ft over Falcon Road. That would more or less have obliterated what is now a popular and pleasant shopping district.
  • Re-confirms that Husband and Co. were contracted to carry out consultancy work on the motorways in this area.
  • Battersea Borough Council were hard at work on the new Winstanley Estate in 1964, when it became apparent that their plans clashed with those of the LCC. By the time the GLC were involved, a 12-storey tower block and a swimming baths were potentially in the way of the motorway. This seems to be the incident to which New Society referred in a National Archives file, but from the correspondence here, the whole business was much less sudden than previously thought.

Links to related files

GLC/TD/DP/LDS/02/097 South Cross Route drawings (1965)
MT 106/299 GLC 'motorway box': south cross route; preliminary investigations by consultants (1964)

People with camera copies

Chris Marshall has copies of some correspondence and a short report dealing with the Winstanley Estate hoo-ha.