Here’s a picture of an itinerant photographer on Clapham Common in 1877. Clapham Common, in south London, was converted to parkland as ordered in the Metropolitan Commons Act of 1878. Before that it was common ground for the parishes of Battersea and Clapham.
I can’t remember ever visiting this big patch of greenery! Anyone who has ever lived in London has ‘their London’, the areas they know and consider the quintessential parts of the city. I’m not very familiar with the spots south of the river, as my time in the city was mostly around a few areas: The City and Holborn and also the Notting Hill sort of area, northwest of Hyde Park.