Most of the common land appurtenant to the
Manor lay in Mitcham and Streatham; only
about three and a half acres lay in South Lambeth
(plot 23). In 1806 the Dean and Chapter requested
John Middleton to survey the waste lands
of Vauxhall Manor. (ref. 43) In his report he stated that
inclosure would be opposed by “persons from
London, who live in Genteel houses which front
the commons“; and to avoid the consequent
trouble and expense of obtaining an Act of Parliament
he suggested that the Dean and Chapter
should grant small pieces of the waste to such
persons as would inclose and cultivate them. Only
the consent of the Homage was necessary for this.
Middleton also reported that the three and a half
acres of South Lambeth Common, bounded by
Lansdowne Way, Clapham Road and South
Lambeth Road, had been inclosed with posts and
rails by the subscriptions of people living near by,
who alone kept cattle on the land, although as
they were all inhabitants of Stockwell Manor
they had no right to do so. He advised the
removal of the posts and rails to prevent the
“squatters” acquiring a claim to the land. His
advice was followed, and in 1817 Edward Shewell
of Stockwell was admitted as a copyhold tenant
to the three and a half acres, on condition that
the land was cultivated and not built on except
for the erection of a gardener's cottage. (ref. 44) In 1838
John Notley of Clapham Road, builder, was
admitted as a tenant, and five years later he obtained
the discharge of the building restrictions
and covered the ground with houses. (ref. 45) The small
triangle on which the clock-tower stands is the
only part of the Common left open (fig. 20).
Stockwell Terrace, lay-out plan
Nos 1–8 (consec.) Stockwell Terrace
Formerly Stockwell Crescent
Fig. 19, plot 23.
These houses (Plate 51d, fig. 21) were erected
on the Common (ref. 46) shortly after 1843 by John
Notley. They are raised above semi-basements,
have three storeys and attics, and are built in
yellow stock brick with stuccoed ground storeys
and surrounds to the first-floor windows. The
stucco-work is channelled except on the end
houses where it is rusticated.
No. 1 Stockwell Terrace, ground-floor plan
||C.C., Deed, 70436a.
Ibid., Deed 124456, f. 76.
Ibid., Deed 124457, pp. 252–254.
Ibid., Deed 124458, pp. 278–285.