St Maryâ€™s in Clapham is one of the major Catholic Victorian churches of South London. It was opened to serve the growing numbers of Catholics living around Clapham Common in the middle of the 19th Century who came to work on the new roads and railways, as well as meet the demand by the rising middle classes to enlarge their domestic staffs. The church was designed in a Gothic style by William Wardell and has later additions by J E Bentley, architect of Westminster Cathedral. The foundation stone was laid on 2 August 1849 and the church was opened by Cardinal Wiseman on 14 May 1851. The spire is currently being restored by a Heritage Lottery funded project.
I love climbing stuff close to where I live, I love that satisfaction of looking up at something knowing you've been on the top! I've been passing this on the bus for months and kept forgetting about it, hardly an epic but I think it's probably the highest structure in Clapham. It's certainly a local landmark around here as there are literally no other high structures around. I was surprised how long it took to get to the top, it's actually 170ft even though it doesn't look it. I popped up on the way home from a night out and enjoyed a bottle of cider up top, as you do like
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