Jessie Kenney article “Clapham has an Air,” published in the Evening News.
Jessie Kenney knew Clapham well from her time living in London. “There is a place in London where you can live among the philosophers. It is not in Soho, Chelsea, Hampstead, or in the precincts of the British Museum. It is in Clapham.” She comments on its unusual street names - “Aristotle-road,” “Voltaire Road,” “Plato Road,” and the like. She suggests that Clapham’s connection to philosophy may be due to the “Clapham Sect” - “four of whom have busts and monuments in Westminster Abbey.” She mentions William Wilberforce (1759-1833), leader of the abolitionist movement, and Samuel Pepys (1655-1669), the Elizabethan politician and diarist. She ends the article by looking at the daily habits of Clapham residents, including the “the little grocer” who always finds time to talk to his customers. “There are many others [. . .]. Many of them may not have heard of Epictetus and might smile at the thought of anyone being called by the name of Pythagoras. But they are philosophers all the same.”
Kenney Papers, University of East (UEA) Anglia Archives
The Evening News
10 July 1954
Copyright: Estate of Jessie Kenney. All rights reserved. Included here by kind permission of Warwick Kenney-Taylor (son of Annie Kenney) and later generations of the Kenney and Taylor families.