A small tranquil spot I discovered at the end of the number 43 bus route. What is the history of Clapton Pond? Let'a start with the name. It means farm on the hill. In old English "clop" means lump or hill and "ton" means farm.
Many centuries ago this (then) rural farming area was owned by the Bishops and was very posh. Tenant farmers grew hay and food for the city of London. During the 18th century it became a very desirable area for rich merchants to build their country houses.
Industrialisation and the railway with a new stop at Clapton saw a boom in housing and new suburbs sprang up all around.
By the early 20th century, war and a downturn in the economy changed the area completely. It looks as if some of the 18th century houses are getting a bit of a makeover at present. And with it a new history for the area begins.