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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
18th January 1973 Born today: Crispian Mills, London, vocalist/guitarist (Kula Shaker)
18th January 1950 Christopher Fry's Venus Observed, premieres in London
18th January 1884 General Charles Gordon departs London for Khartoum
Up the Junction
200 acres of fine common land with colourful characters
Location: Clapham Common Southside, SW4
Description: 'Clapham Common' is a triangular area of grassland of about 200 acres (0.8 km) in size, situated between Clapham, Battersea and Balham.
The common is surrounded by many fine houses which began to be built in the 1790s and became fashionable dwellings in (what was then) this village south of London. As London expanded in the 19th century this became part of a built-up area, and Clapham was eventually absorbed into the capital.
It also seems the common has a more 'colourful' side as part of the Common has a reputation as a gay meeting place, and was featured in a heterosexual capacity in the 'Squeeze' song 'Up the Junction', and was also connected with the famous Ron Davies 'moment of madness' incident in 1998.
It has also been the venue for a number of annual Gay Pride festivals. The bushy regions of the common are used by homosexual men for 'cottaging' activities - the filthy so-and-so's.