Our last monthly meeting in March was an excellent talk by Roger Wates from the well-established Tooting firm E & A Wates. He has just sent me news on what the company is doing during lockdown, which is quite amazing.
In its 120th year, SW London interior specialist E & A Wates has switched their workshop furniture restoration work from high quality reupholstery to critical personal protective equipment (PPE).
E & A Wates showroom and workshop are temporarily closed in response to Coronavirus (COVID-19). This week, with teams working at a safe distance behind the scenes, E & A Wates have supplied and cut foam to assist in making over 4,300 visors for NHS frontline staff within 21 hospitals in London and neighbouring counties with potential for another 2,500 components if required.
The visors are being made in conjunction with a prop maker Faye Jones and over 60 colleagues who crowdsourced the project so the visors can be donated to NHS hospital staff, the visors can be sterilised and reused after each shift. So far the group have made 6650 visors with 3200 planned for production this Easter weekend
Roger Wates from E & A Wates will be talking at our March meeting about the history of this long-established Tooting business. There will also be an exhibition of photos and items connected with the company. Come and hear the history of furnishing Tooting.
John Hayward was a 20th Century stained glass artist. Born in Tooting in 1929, he went to Bec Grammar School (now Ernest Bevin School) in Beechcroft Road. Inspired by his art teacher, Jack Levin, he went to St Martins School of Art. There are over 200 churches in Britain which have stained glass designed by John Hayward.
In the 1950s, John Hayward designed three windows for Bec Grammar. They are now mounted above the entrance to Ernest Bevin College and are shown below.
John Hayward died in 2007. For a full Church Times obituary, see here.
For a gallery of his work around the country, see here.
The River Wandle was once heavily industrialised. It now forms a tranquil backwater through 8 miles of South West London. Come and hear about the industrialisation and de-industrialisation of the Wandle at our next meeting. John Phillips, our speaker, has edited The Wandle Guide and speaks regularly at local history societies.
The meeting is on Tuesday 11th February at 7.30pm at The United Reformed Church in Rookstone Road SW17 9NQ (Details here)
We have received details of the following event at St George’s Hospital archives this coming Thursday:
Come along to our Explore Your
Archives event for a chance to learn about our Wellcome Trust funded project
‘Opening Up the Body: the Post Mortem Case Books of St George’s Hospital
(1841-1946)’. This event will explore the post mortem examinations and
case books alongside other related materials held in the Archives & Special
Collections at St George’s, University of London.
Two sessions are available on
Thursday 28th November:
13:30 – 14:15 pm
14:45 – 15:30 pm
The event will be hosted at St
George’s, University of London. Booking is essential via firstname.lastname@example.org
Our monthly meeting on Tuesday November 12th will be about Sindy (the doll) and her genesis. Come and hear David Luff from the Merton Historical Society tell us about the family tree and how she begun life down the road at a toy factory in Merton. We meet at the United Reform Church in Rookstone Road (details here )
Janet Smith will be talking at our October meeting about John Hendry Anderson and his role in building Tooting Bec Lido. The meeting will be at 7.30pm on Tuesday 8th October and held at our usual venue here