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Old Town
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London SW4£3,000,000 Freehold
The walled garden has been designed to resemble an English country idyll with shrubs, roses, magnolia, and a wonderfully mature American tulip tree

This fine Grade II*-listed Queen Anne townhouse is set in the heart of Clapham’s much-coveted Old Town in south London. Built in 1705 and set over four light-filled storeys, internal accommodation extends to almost 3,000 sq ft, with five bedrooms and a wonderfully peaceful and mature walled garden. Countless historic architectural details have been preserved, including beautiful panelling, joinery, and fenestration. The rich amenities of Old Town and the wider Clapham area are all on the home’s doorstep, including the green open spaces of Clapham Common, while Clapham Common Underground Station is just a two-minute walk away.

Setting the Scene

Old Town is, as the name suggests, the oldest part of Clapham, with this terrace of three early 18th-century houses being some of the oldest in the area. Towards the end of the 17th century, Clapham became a favourable location for the merchants of the City of London, with this trend gaining momentum throughout the 18th and 19th centuries.

Set within the Clapham Conservation Area, the house forms the north range of the small terrace, with this home and its two neighbours set in the heart of Old Town; they face directly onto its ‘village green’, looking west, and are locally regarded as the most cherished houses in this wonderfully preserved locale. For more information, please see the History section.

The Grand Tour

From Old Town, the house is set behind a low stock-brick wall, with cast-iron gates opening to the spacious York stone terrace that forms the front garden. A cast-iron lamp-holder sits atop the gate piers, forming a tall arched entranceway. The garden has laurel bushes and banks of lavender, with a quince tree and a mature crab apple tree that blossoms in springtime; parakeets visit when the tree is in fruit. The house is four storeys high and four bays wide, with two dormer windows set into the clay tile roof. Built from brown brick, red-brick dressings surround the early 19th-century six-over-six box sash windows and a proud moulded and modillioned wood eaves cornice is set below the roofline.

Steps from the garden descend to the kitchen and service entrance at the lower ground floor, while the principal entrance is raised above Portland stone steps and bound by cast-iron handrails with finials to match the entrance gates. The doorcase has a grand, imposing presence, with a Doric entablature set above fluted pilasters and crowned with a large segmental pediment above. The black gloss-painted and panelled front door is original, below a large transom light. The front door’s triple locks are by Banham, with security complemented by a Banham alarm system and further security cameras to both the front and rear of the home.

Opening to the interior entrance porch, a glass doorway leads to the main hall with Versailles patterned oak flooring underfoot. The hallway is fully panelled, with box cornicing and a further dado rail. The dog-leg staircase lies directly ahead, with decorative barley twist balusters and an oak square end handrail; an entrance door to the garden and guest WC lie beyond.

The bipartite reception room is set off the hallway on this floor, with panelled wedding doors separating the two spaces for convenience, if required. Limestone bolection chimneypieces with marble slips feature in both rooms and are supplied by Chesneys; the front fireplace is working and is home to a Regency iron basket. Windows at both east and west aspects flood the room with light and all front-facing windows in the house have secondary glazing, making the home incredibly peaceful and thermally efficient. Walls throughout are painted in ‘Old White‘ by Farrow & Ball.

The lower ground floor is a more informal area, with the kitchen, dining and additional living space all open plan, with limestone flags extending underfoot throughout. The kitchen is by Bulthaup and is composed of white cabinetry with appliances by Miele. An island unit with space for bar stools is positioned centrally, and polished granite has been employed as work surfaces. There is also a separate utility space with room for a washer and dryer, with an additional larder off the hallway. A wood burner from Chesney’s is set into the open hearth with space for soft seating, and to the rear of the room is the dining area, with further access to the garden.

The first floor mainly features further original panelling with box cornicing, with the principal bedroom set to the front of the house overlooking the green outside. The room also has an en suite WC and connects to a smaller adjacent bedroom; currently used as a study, it could also be an excellent walk-in wardrobe or a child’s bedroom. A further large bedroom is set to the rear of the floor, and a bathroom that serves both bedrooms is nearest the stairwell. Two further bedrooms and a spacious bathroom form the uppermost storey among the eaves, with two loft spaces above.

The Great Outdoors

The walled garden to the rear of the house is peaceful and private, designed to resemble an English country garden with various shrubs, roses, magnolia, and a wonderfully mature American tulip tree. A flagstone terrace nearest the house is the perfect spot for dining and relaxing in warmer months, while a further terrace is set at the very end of the garden to catch the evening light. A secure garden gate set into the wall at the rear allows additional exterior access if required.

Out and About

The house is positioned in the very heart of Clapham Old Town, truly village-like in character and with a plethora of amenities on the doorstep. A wide range of independent shops, restaurants, delis, cafés and galleries are within a one-minute walk. Close by are the celebrated M. Moen & Sons butchers, The Common bakery and homeware shop and Gails’ bakery. There is also the Michelin-starred restaurant Trinity, The Bobbin gastropub, and The Sun, The Pig’s Head, The Prince of Wales, The Rose and Crown pubs, as well as the brilliant Clapham Picturehouse for entertainment. The Little Orange Door, Minnow and Sorella are also nearby.

For further independent purveyors, there are the brilliantly served Abbeyville Road, just to the south of the common, and Northcote Road to the west. Clapham High Street has additional amenities and shops, including a choice of gyms and leisure facilities.

The open green spaces of Clapham Common are also less than one minute’s walk from the house, home to over 200 acres of parkland with a café and recreational/sporting facilities. Battersea Park is also nearby to the north, just 10 minutes away by bicycle or car, and is adjacent to the Nine Elms development and the incredible Battersea Power Station, recently opened and home to an excellent array of high-end shops, restaurants and a cinema.

There is an excellent selection of local state and independent schools, including nearby Eaton House, Parkgate School, Thomas’s and L’école de Wix Lycée Français.

Clapham Common (Northern Line) and Clapham High Street Overground are each a couple of minutes’ walk from Old Town, offering direct services to the City and West End. Clapham Junction Station is just a five-minute drive away, with excellent links, including a journey time to Gatwick Airport of just 25 minutes.

Council Tax Band: G

Please note that all areas, measurements and distances given in these particulars are approximate and rounded. The text, photographs and floor plans are for general guidance only. Inigo has not tested any services, appliances or specific fittings — prospective purchasers are advised to inspect the property themselves. All fixtures, fittings and furniture not specifically itemised within these particulars are deemed removable by the vendor.


The medieval village of Clapham was first recorded in the 9th century and was later noted in the Domesday Book. It remained a rural area, with a few fine houses built by successful bankers and city merchants in the late 17th and early 18th centuries, becoming increasingly connected to London during the 18th and the beginning of the 19th century. The village now known as ‘Old Town’ steadily expanded east to meet the new High Street and was submerged by the greater Clapham area.

In the early 1800s, the area was fast becoming a desirable suburban village. Still strong with rural hinterland separating it from London four miles to the north, it attracted the well-to-do middle classes who could travel to London by coach (before the trains arrived later that same century).

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