The History of Balham in London

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Balham History

Historic Balham

Balham History
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DuCane Court is an Art Deco apartment block in Balham and the largest private building of apartments in Europe. Balham is associated with some of the most famous imagery from World War II, the image of a bus in the tube station, after a bomb detonated in Balham Station and the bus drove into the crater, is iconic of the Blitz.

Cited as ‘Belgeham’ in the Domesday Book, humans are thought to have settled here since Saxon times. The chapel opened in the area in 1808, as the population expanded it later was extended and became the Parish church of St Mary’s. Hyde Farm, now Hyde Farm Estate is thought to have been a farm since the Middle Ages, before being developed into a residential area.

History of Balham

Originally a rural area with a scattering of country homes and some farmland, Balham underwent a shift when the railway arrived. Balham was in the parish of Streatham previously; it later became a parish in its own right. The arrival of the railway in 1856 changed the landscape of the area; the train station was the starting point for the development of Balham. Alongside the introduction of the Northern line in 1926, when the underground was extended from Clapham Common to Morden, further residential buildings also appeared.

Modern Day Balham

There are around 20,000 people now residing in Balham, a mixture of successful professionals, of old and new buildings; a bustling hub for food and drinks businesses Balham is a popular place. Balham is a thriving area for shopping and it is perfect for a leisurely day exploring the eateries and shops. The area boosts a relaxed atmosphere and a slower pace of life than other areas in the city.