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Clapton Area Guide

Known separately as Upper and Lower Clapton in the Borough of Hackney, both are immediately adjacent to central Hackney - bounded by the western side of Hackney Downs and the Lea Valley to the east, home to the London 2012 Olympic Park. Lower Clapton is centred on Lower Clapton Road and is home to the beautiful Georgian Clapton Square and Clapton Pond, a remnant of the old village green, two of the area's major conservation zones.

To the north is Upper Clapton running as far as Stamford Hill and amenities include the beautiful Springfield Park, created in 1905 out of the extensive grounds of three mansions, of which only Springfield House (known locally as the White House). The park's sports facilities include five tennis courts, and a cricket pitch while to the north just across Springhill road in the recreation ground there are rugby fields (home of the Hackney Rugby Club). It received a Green Flag award in 2008.

Hackney Downs is one of the largest open green spaces in the Borough of Hackney and today many people consider the Downs to be an area of Hackney in its own right.

Like many other parts of east London, Lower Clapton is socially diverse and multicultural. Chatsworth Road, which had a regular market until the 1990s, still provides many amenities for people who live in the area. The shops and restaurants on Chatsworth Road reflect the diversity of the surrounding streets - offering international produce alongside butchers, bakers and greengrocers.

Large parts of Lower and Upper Clapton have managed to retain to look and feel the area had when it was first developed in the second half of the 19th century with most of the property remaining Victorian terraces and more recently Victorian school and factory conversions of various sizes.

Notable residents over the years have included Harold Pinter, Helen Shapiro and Jessica Tandy. Today local residents are a blend of young professionals, artists and families.

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