Thursday, July 20, 2006

Balham, this is Balham

The Clash once played in Balham. I can't believe it.

I've just been on a bit of a history trawl of the suburb and, who woulda thunk it, the glory that is Balham Station is 150 years old this year:

The railway enabled people to live in Balham and commute into work in central London. Increasing numbers of people moved away from the overcrowded areas of central London and into the more spacious houses and healthier environment of Balham.
This info comes from the Museum of London's excellent Postcode Project. Big up Drumz of the South, fellow south London history soldier (!) for the heads up.

Meanwhile www.balham.com informs me of the horrifying news that Jimmy Hill was born in my fair suburb.

4 Comments:

Blogger John said...

Im loving that picture of the chin.

1:27 PM  
Blogger Jake O'Leary said...

One of my favourite things about Balham is that crazy drunk who always sits near the flower stall in the station shouting indecipherable curses against civility.

I bet he's seen some action in his time, the old cunt.

12:10 PM  
Blogger dan hancox said...

lately actually he's had a horrendous big cut on his forehead, like it had been scraped along the ground.

he was also of course immortalised in fist of fun on a number of occasions.

10:21 AM  
Blogger Jake O'Leary said...

That I did not know.

11:03 AM  

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