The Bandstand

Where do you go to get a bandstand? The Clapham Common bandstand looks an awful lot like a pair of bandstands that once stood in South Kensington Gardens... and there's a good reason for that.

When South Kensington Gardens closed in the 1870s, its two bandstands were sold to Peckham Rye and Southwark Park - which already had a bandstand, so that one was uprooted and sent to Plumstead. And in the 1890s, when Clapham Common wanted a bandstand of its own, they decided to copy the South Kensington design.

Then came World War II, and the two originals were destroyed, leaving only the replica in place... until Southwark Park rebuilt their version, basing it on the Clapham Common replica that had been copied from them in the first place!

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Picture pending.
Story source: Greater London Industrial Archaeological Society Newsletter, May 2003.