John David Hayward,Stained Glass Artist of 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.

Picture of stained glass window designed by John Hayward
Lanfranc of Pavia by John Hayward. Displayed at Ernest Bevin College
Stained Glass Window designed by John Hayward. Displayed at Ernest Bevin College.
Example of stained glass window designed by John Hayward
St. Anselm of Aosta. Stained Glass Window designed by John Hayward. Displayed at Ernest Bevin College.

Industry On The River Wandle: Our February Meeting

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)

Explore Your Archives: Opening Up the Body Event At St Georges: Thursday 28th November

Picture of a Post Mortem Case Book From 1860
St Georges Post Mortem Book From 1860

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

Tooting Common Fossil Tree Talk: Wednesday 4th September

As part of the Tooting Common Heritage Project, a special event has been organised at the Fossil Tree on Tooting Common for next Wednesday, 4 September, at 2.00 pm.

Dr Paul Kendrick from the Natural History Museum will talk about the science behind the tree and Janet Smith from The Tooting History Group will give a short account of its history and how it came to be on the Common.

This is a free event – come and join us if you can!