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Balham Area Guide

History of Balham

Balham was a very rural area until the end of the 18th century when the village grew around Balham Hill and some shops began to open. A church was built in the early 19th century, giving the area a stronger identity next to the more developed area of Streatham. But it was not until the arrival of the railway that this rural area began to expand, as for most of the suburbs of London. In the second half of the 19th century, farmland was quickly swallowed up by the building of houses. The country was industrialised and labour was required for factories, shops and a greater need for servants with the increase of middle class families. By the beginning of the 20th century, Balham had pretty much the layout it has now.

In recent years, Balham has become a trendy place attracting many young professionals. Less pricy than Clapham and more ‘villagy’ than Streatham, it has grown into one of the most desirable locations in South London. There are many bars and restaurants, delicatessens, supermarkets (including a Waitrose, always a reflection of the area!). Properties range from ex-council properties to period conversions and houses with gardens.


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Transport Links Visit Transport for London for more information

Balham – Northern Line & Rail


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