Battersea's Historic Boundary Markers

All around the edges of Battersea one can find old historic Parish Boundary Markers, or Posts, that were erected to ensure that residents knew the 'bounds' of the place they lived. It is an old English tradition to 'beat the bounds' of parishes and records describing one of these events in Battersea are preserved. These boundary markers are visible signs and added proof of the historic and ancient boundaries of Battersea, which are first recorded in the 11th century. 

The boundary posts below are across, or near to, Clapham Common and Wandsworth Common (old name: Battersea West Heath). They show the old boundary between what was "Battersea East Heath" and "Clapham Common" - the latter came to claim the entire area with its name, but the Parish, Metropolitan Borough and Parliamentary Constituency of Battersea maintained its boundary in the middle of Clapham Common. This is why the boundary is also, today, the line between the Boroughs of Wandsworth and Lambeth, and why the famous bandstand on Clapham Common is actually a Battersea and Wandsworth landmark. Being generous folk, Batttersea people are pleased to share it with Clapham, which is a parish and town in Lambeth. 

Wix Lane

POST 1 - Battersea Boundary Post (on left) with a  Clapham Parish Boundary Post right next to it - they are at the junction of Wix's Lane and Lavender Hill:

The posts (right) with a view to Lavender Hill:


POST 2 - Walking south down Wix's Lane, a second Battersea Parish Boundary post is found. The view is from the Lavender Hill end looking south. The next post (post 3) is by the white building shown in the distance on the left:


POST 3 - Continuing a short distance south along Wix's Lane, the third post is found:

 

Clapham Common  

POST 4 - Beyond Wix's Lane is a third Battersea Boundary post in the middle of Clapham Common - the view below is from this post pointing towards Wix's Lane and the tall Parkview Hotel:

From Post No.4 looking south towards the Biata Cafe on Clapham Common (by the Bandstand):

From the position of a 5th Battersea Boundary post, Post 4 is just visible in the green beyond the cafe:

POST 5 - by the bandstand on Clapham Common, illustrating that the bandstand lies inside Battersea and the Cafe inside Clapham. This was the old boundary between the original formerly separate commons of "Battersea East Heath" and "Clapham Common":

View from post 5 to the cafe and post 3 beyond in a rough line of sight along the parish boundary:

View from post 5 towards the location of post 5, which lies in a copse the other side of Windmill Drive:

.....and back towards the bandstand:

The edge of the copse within which lies post No.6:

POST 6 - in a copse between Windmill Drive and The Avenue, near Clapham South. The traffic driving along The Avenue is clearly visible through the trees:

POST 7 - right next to the busy road called 'The Avenue' at the stretch by Clapham South:

The view from post 7 towards the buildings around Clapham South underground station:


Wandsworth Common

This picture shows the walkway onto Wandsworth Common at the corner of Baskerville Road and Routh Road. There are three boundary markers in sight here, two for Battersea (posts left and right of path - the latter at the foot of the second pillar from the right) and one for Wandsworth (black square fixed on to the pillar to the right of the picture). One can see that the gardens of the properties alongside Baskerville Road are half in Battersea and half in Wandsworth: 

POST 8 - the Wandsworth Parish marker dated 1884:

POST 9 - the Battersea Parish marker:

POST 10 - the other Battersea marker on the opposite side of the path from post 9:

Walking on to Wandsworth Common from the path shown above, you will find post 11 if you turn right and head south keeping the garden fences to your right. As you do so, you will notice one of many narrow posts that were erected to mark the boundary of Wandsworth Common:

POST 11 - is fixed right next to Post 12, which is for Wandsworth Parish. The view of the cycle and pedestrian path shown in the picture looks west towards Trinity Road:

POST 12 - the Wandsworth parish marker behind and nestled up to the Battersea marker (post 11):

POST 11 & 12 - shown looking from south to north; to the right is the path that takes you back to posts 10, 9 and 8:

POST 11 & 12 looking towards post 13, which lies on the path before Bellevue Road. It is behind the tree that has a leaning trunk (1st tree to the left of the tree in the foreground from the right side of the picture):

A recognisable feature showing the fallen tree trunk and the 'leaning tree' mentioned above, beyond it. To the left of the leaning tree, to the right of the tree to the left of the picture one can see the small Battersea boundary marker, which is post 13:

POST 13 - shown under the elephant trunk-like 'leaning tree', looking towards the popular Bellevue Road:

POST 14 - walking north back to post 11, but remaining within Wandsworth Common, one will arrive near the cricket pitches by the bottom (i.e. eastern end) of Dorlcote Road. Here just peeping above the ground is Post No.14:


Spencer Park (by Wandsworth Common)

POST 15 - approaching from Battersea Rise along the edge of the Railway Line, near to the memorial to the Clapham Junction Rail Crash, at Spencer Park, one finds Post 15, before Windmill Road. The picture below is the view looking towards Battersea Rise, with the fence marking the railway line to the right:

POST 16 - this is found, along with others like it, if one walks south west along Windmill Road from Spencer Park. It marks the boundary of the old London County Council which also happens to be (at this point) the boundary between Wandsworth Parish and Battersea Parish:

POST 17 - like the one above, this Battersea marker post lies alongside the railway fence. The view below is south east towards Trinity Road, and shows the old base of the famous Wandsworth Windmill:


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