Corner of Clapton Square and Lower Clapton Road
I’m a newcomer to this forum and am very pleased to have found it…I’m wondering if there is anyone who can help me with something: I’ve recently bought the building at the corner of Clapton Square and Lower Clapton Road that used to have an Apollo video-rental store on the ground floor. My intention is to convert the upper floors to residential and the ground floor into two units, the larger of which will house a coffee shop and bakery, which I’ll (attempt to!) run myself.
The building has had numerous unfortunate alterations over the years such as the UPVC windows. I’d like to restore the building to its original appearance so that it’s sympathetic to the square and enhances this stretch of Lower Clapton Road.I’m wondering if there is anyone who has historic photos of this building or the parade of shops in which it sits so that I can faithfully reproduce the original windows. I’ve sifted through dozens of photos in Hackney Council’s archive but couldn’t strike it lucky. This is a long shot I know but is there any chance that someone on this forum has a photo of the building before the current UPVC windows were put in?