Tooting Common cafe 120th anniversary: quiz answers

Thanks to Peter Ramell from Friends Of Tooting Common for providing the quiz last Monday. Here are the answers.


Q1.  When was the cafe built?   (1.   1918       2.      1878       3.      1898)

Answer is  3 – 1898



Q2. How many Tooting Commons are there?   (1.    One    2.    Two   3.    Three)

Answer is  2 – Two   [They are Tooting Bec Common and Tooting Graveney Common]



Q3. There is a pond on Tooting Common where Elmbourne Road meets Tooting Bec Rd. What is it known as?   (1. The Ecology Pond.  2. The Old Yachting Pond.   3. Both)

Answer is  3 – Both



Q4.  What was the annual rent paid to run the cafe for the first three years after its opening?

(1.     £25      2.     £15         3.    £125)

Answer is 1  – £25



Q5. The Friends of Tooting Common do bat walks on the Common in summer and have heard lots of bats hunting insects. Which bats have we heard? Circle all those you think are right

(1. Pipistrelle.     2. Daubenton.    3.  Soprano pipistrelle)

Answer is all three



Q6.   When the cafe opened, how much (in “old ” money) would a tea, lemonade and two hot chocolates (all together) have cost?  (1.  2 old pennies (d)    2. 8 old pennies (d) 3.  4 old pennies)

Answer is 3 – 4 old pennies (d) 



Q7. Dr Johnson’s Avenue is named after Dr Johnson, who crossed the Common to visit friends. How did he travel?    (1. Horse & cart.     2. Riding on a bike      3.  Riding on a horse)

Answer is 3 – riding on a horse



Q8. There is a fossil tree on the Common, near the “main” pond. Who put it there?

(1. The Victorians    2.  The Romans     3. The Edwardians)

Answer is 1 – The Victorians



Q9.   What long distance path runs across the Common, crossing Bedford Hill at the path just north of the cafe, and running towards the Lido car park?

(1.   London Loop    2.   North Downs Way    3.   Capital Ring)

Answer is  3 – Capital Ring



Q10.  What is the architectural structure of the cafe usually known as?

(1.   Half-boarded     2.   Half-timbered     3.   Square-framed)

Answer is 2 – Half-timbered


Tooting Bec Common Cafe Bank Holiday Celebrations

Over 100 local residents joined the Mayor of Wandsworth to mark the 120th anniversary of the Cafe on Tooting Bec Common on Bank Holiday Monday. A historic board giving the history of the cafe was unveiled by the Mayor and much delicious cake (and cupcake) was eaten. Janet Smith (Chair, Tooting History Group) led a short walk to the newly renovated fossilised tree by the lake. Peter Ramell (Chair, Friends of Tooting Common) provided a quiz. The event was jointly organised by Tooting History Group and The Friends of Tooting Common.

27th August 2018

Over 100 local residents at the Cafe 120th Celebrations (Photo:Marion Gower)


27th August 2018

The birthday cake made by Francesca from the Cafe. (Photo Marion Gower)

27th August 2018

The Mayor cuts the ribbon on the new historic board at the cafe. Janet Smith (Chair THG) and Andy Flegg( Tooting Common Heritage Project) looking on. (Photo Marion Gower).

27th August 2018

The newly refurbished fossilised tree by the lake (Photo Marion Gower)

Wandsworth Heritage Service History Event At Tooting Library Next Tuesday 14th August

2-5pm Tooting Library, 020 8767 0543

Time Travellers

A living history event with the Wandsworth Heritage Service.

Find out what life might have been like in Tooting. Play with real archive toys from the 30’s 40’s and 50’s (leant to us by Wandsworth museum). Try out street games your grandparents might have played.

Tooting Library is at 75 Mitcham Rd, London SW17 9PD.

Beating The Bounds Of Tooting Graveney Parish

The ancient parish of Tooting Graveney was the smallest parish in the county of Surrey. And we have an account from 1884 of the boundaries of the parish and the properties you would pass when beating the bounds. So 134 years later, we are going to beat the bounds of Tooting Graveney. We won’t be borrowing half a dozen young schoolboys to undertake the more perilous parts of the walk, which the vestry did in 1884. Nor will we be beating the five remaining Parish Boundary markers with willow fronds. But we will stop at the older buildings of interest, the boundary posts, and perhaps one or two hostelries. And catching a glimpse of Tooting growing from a small rural village in Surrey to the expanding suburb of London it had become by the end of the nineteenth century.

We are doing the 6 mile walk on Saturday 14th July, meeting at 11am at Amen Corner at the junction of Mitcham Road and Southcroft Road.

Poster For Beating The Bounds

Beating The Bounds of Tooting Graveney

Local List Agreed By Wandsworth

What have Harringtons Pie and Mash shop in Selkirk Road, Furzedown Recreation Ground, the Victorian Post Box in Church Lane at the entrance to Hawthorn Crescent and Fircroft School got in common?

They have all been approved for addition to the local list of historic buildings and items drawn up by Wandsworth Council and approved at Committee this week. Tooting History Group Committee members spent many hours surveying, compiling and submitting buildings and other historic items of interest for consideration by Wandsworth. Although local listing doesn’t have the same statutory force as listing by Historic England, it will have to be taken into account when planning applications are considered.

You can view the full local list for the whole borough here.

You can view the full Council Committee report here.

Defoe Chapel, 19,Tooting High Street

The Gables, 107-109, Longley Road, Tooting.


These  Tooting landmark buildings; Defoe Chapel in Tooting High Street and The Gables, Longley Road, have also been added to the local list.


RACS Planning Application To Be Decided Tuesday 26th June

The latest planning application for the RACS building in Upper Tooting Road will be decided by Wandsworth Planning Committee next Tuesday. The 1920’s facade of the building will be retained but the proposal includes a 96 bedroom hotel and 41 residential flats. The full summary of the proposal reads:

Demolition of the existing buildings, with the retention and restoration of
the RACS building facade and redevelopment of the remainder of the
site to provide a part single/part four/part five-storey building to provide
up to 2,105sqm of flexible floorspace at ground level for retail, financial
and professional services, restaurant, pub and bar (Classes A1-A4)
and 173sqm floorspace for community use (Class D1/D2); a 96-
bedroom hotel (Class C1); 41 residential units (comprising 9 x 1-
bedroom, 29 x 2-bedroom and 3 x 3-bedroom units); associated car
parking for 45 cars (including 29 spaces for public use), 124 cycle
parking spaces, servicing areas and landscaping.

You can read the full (47 page) Wandsworth Council report here.

Artists impression of proposals for RACS building in Upper Tooting Road

Proposal For RACS Building In Upper Tooting Road