Esoteric London

No. 711: Clapham Road, SW9

Posted in Pavements by esotericlondon on November 19, 2012

Clapham Road, London, SW9. Photo © Roger Dean 2012

Palace and Hovel: Phases of London Life – Daniel Joseph Kirwan, 1878:

The music strikes up for the last galop, and there is a rush for partners; the balconies and alcoves and luxurious seats and marble tables are deserted, and in a moment everything is in a wild hurly-burly and a confusion and uproar; men and women galloping and bounding and yelling to the right, and to the left, and as the last crash of the big drum beats on the ear the passages and doorways are thronged with the dancers, every man crying for a cab to take himself and partner somewhere, perhaps they care not where – it is no matter; and now the place is in darkness, and the policemen having seen the last of the women leave the doorway, begin their patrol duty, which will last until day breaks and the stars fall from the London sky, telling them that they are relieved from their night’s watch.

[ The circle of stars in the photograph above is one of several set into the pavement in Clapham Road, SW9. I can only assume that they are a depiction of the European Union flag. R.D.]

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