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Clapham is a southwest London district situated mainly within Lambeth, a borough in south London, although there are some areas (particularly Clapham Common) that extend into adjacent Wandsworth.
There are several shopping districts in the area such as Clapham South and Abbeville Road, Clapham High Street, Nightingale Lane, and Clapham Old Town which has restaurants and pubs.
Notable people currently living or have lived in Clapham include actress Vanessa Redgrave, comedian Jo Brand, philosopher F. H. Brand, novelist and screenwriter Christopher Wood, and musician Tony Mansfield.
The old name of Clapham SW4 was Clopeham. The zone started to develop in the 17th century. Notable historical personalities who lived here include Elizabeth Cook, the wife of explorer James Cook, and Samuel Pepys who is known for his diary that gives an insight into those times.
An old Roman road passes through Clapham SW4. It is believed that the Roman stone located near Clapham Library dates back to the 1st century.
The English law term “the man in the Clapham omnibus” was first used in 1903 by lawyer Richard Collins who credits judge Charles Bowen with the invention of the phrase.
Actresses Margot Robbie, Lena Headey, and Vanessa Redgrave are among the most notable former residents.