The Totterdown Fields Estate, Tooting was one of the earliest LCC Council Housing Estates built in London. We will be presenting a talk about the Estate (online by Zoom) on June 1st 2021 at 7.30pm. The talk is part of The Wandsworth Heritage Festival.
John Boughton, our speaker, will talk about the significance of The Totterdown Fields Estate for the development of Council housing in London.
John Boughton has written and blogged extensively about public housing. In 2018, he published a well regarded book: “Municipal Dreams The Rise And Fall of Council Housing”, which is now available in paperback.
John describes The Totterdown Fields Estate as “…the first municipal ‘garden estate’ and the forerunner of many which followed but impressive both for its design and architecture and the vision which underlay them.”
To book a place for the Zoom talk on June 1st for a donation, go to the Eventbrite page here.
You can read John Boughton’s blog “Municipal Dreams” here.
The Programme of Wandsworth Heritage Festival events is available here. Many of the events for this year’s festival relate to homes and housing.
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 Elvin, 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)