Wartime Disaster

In October 1940 Balham underground station was hit by a bomb that burst a water main. Sixty-four people drowned. This story was never released until after the war, because many people sheltered from air raids in underground stations. If they had found out what had happened there might well have been panic.

Peter Sellers

Balham is notable for Bal-ham, Gateway to the South – This is a line in a celebrated sketch made famous by Peter Sellers. The Bedford Hill area of Balham was associated with street prostitution throughout the seventies and eighties.