Clapham South tube station

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Clapham South London Underground
Clapham South underground station.jpg
The station entrance
Clapham South is located in Greater London
Clapham South
Clapham South
Location of Clapham South in Greater London
Location Clapham
Local authority London Borough of Wandsworth
Managed by London Underground
Owner London Underground
Number of platforms 2
Fare zone 2 and 3
London Underground annual entry and exit
2011 Increase 7.82 million[1]
2012 Decrease 7.80 million[1]
2013 Decrease 7.58 million[1]
2014 Increase 8.47 million[1]
Key dates
1926 Opened (C&SLR)
Listed status
Listing grade II
Entry number 1266140[2]
Added to list 16 June 1987
Other information
Lists of stations
London Transport portalCoordinates: 51°27′10″N 0°08′49″W / 51.452778°N 0.147°W / 51.452778; -0.147

Clapham South is a station on London Underground's Northern line between Clapham Common and Balham stations. The station is located at the corner of Balham Hill (A24) and Nightingale Lane. The station is in both Travelcard Zone 2 and Travelcard Zone 3.


The station was designed by Charles Holden and was opened on 13 September 1926 as the first station of the Morden extension of the City & South London Railway, which is now part of the Northern line. Other proposed names for the station prior to opening were "Balham North" and "Nightingale Lane".

The apartments above the station, named Westbury Court, were a later addition to the architecture, built in the mid-1930s. The parade of shops along Balham Hill was extended as part of the same development using the same style as the original three closest to the station.

Clapham South tube station is at the southern edge of Clapham Common. It is one of eight London Underground stations with a deep-level air-raid shelter underneath it. In 1948, the deep shelter was used as temporary accommodation for immigrants from the West Indies. The MV Empire Windrush arrived in Tilbury in 1948 carrying 492 immigrants. London had a severe labour shortage after the war and the Colonial Office had sought to recruit a labour force from Jamaica. An advertisement had appeared in Jamaica's Daily Gleaner on 13 April 1948 offering transport to the UK. The Windrush was quickly filled. As there was no accommodation for the new arrivals, the Colonial Office housed them in the deep-level shelter at Clapham South.[3]


London Buses routes 50, 155, 249, 355, G1, 689 and 690 and night route N155 serve the station.


  1. ^ a b c d "Multi-year station entry-and-exit figures" (XLS). London Underground station passenger usage data. Transport for London. June 2015. Retrieved 20 June 2015. 
  2. ^ Historic England. "Clapham South Station (Including Above Ground Station Building and Sub Surface Platforms and Passages) (1266140)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 29 March 2015. 
  3. ^ Kushner, Tony; Lunn, Kenneth (1991). The Politics of Marginality: Race, the Radical Right and Minorities in Twentieth Century Britain. London: Routledge. p. 166. ISBN 978-0714633916. Retrieved 11 August 2014. 


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towards Morden
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