London Capital Ring pt. 11

Start: Streatham Common

Finish: Wimbledon Park

Length: 8.85 km/ 5.5 miles

Weather: Fair, warm

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This is the penultimate section of the Capital Ring for me, having done slightly out of sequence.

 

The Potter's Lane underpass, a 5 minute walk from Streatham Common station.

Potter's lane Streatham

 

Another magnificent monument to sewage on Conyer's Road. Constructed for the Southwark and Vauxhall Water Company in 1845. Sadly can't find much info about this building.

Conyer's Road water treatment

 

Upper Norwood Rec

 

We are now entering Tooting Bec Common, having just crossed Tooting Bec Road, near to the lido.

Upper Norwood Rec

 

Tooting Common looking very lush and green.

Tooting Common

 

31 Little Dimmocks, Balham SW12. We did a slight detour as part of a trip down memory lane.

31 little dimmocks sw12 balham

 

Du Cane Court, Balham, was opened in 1937 and, with 676 apartments. It is the largest privately owned block of flats under one roof in Europe.

During the Second World War it was speculated that Du Cane Court had escaped bombing because it was planned for use by military officers in the event of a successful German invasion.

 

The wildlife ponds on Wandsworth Common.

 

The walkways and platforms on Wandsworth Common give a variety of viewpoints across the water.

walkways and platforms on Wandsworth Common

 

HM Prison Wandsworth. The prison was built in 1851, when it was known as Surrey House of Correction. Notable inmates: Charles Bronson, Oscar Wilde, Ronnie Biggs, Ronnie Kray, Salman Butt and Mohammad Asif.

 

Looking down Magdalen Road, which you follow from Wandsworth Common to Earlsfield. For most of the way it runs parallel with Wandsworth Cemetery and I read later that it is possible to walk in the cemetery.

 

The neo-classical architechture of Earlsfield Public Library, at the bottom of Magdalen Road.

earlsfield public library

 

The train home has just pulled into Wimbledon Park station.

wimbledon park station platform

 

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