Our next meeting is on Tuesday 11th September. Starting at 7.30, there will be a presentation by Tooting Neighbourhood Forum and two members talks on Crime on Tooting Common and Little Holland House. Members and non-members are welcome. We will be at our usual venue-details here.
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
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.
Come and join us for a celebration of 120 years of the cafe on Tooting Bec Common. Next Bank Holiday Monday, 27th August at 3pm. The Mayor of Wandsworth will cut a birthday cake.
Details of where to find the cafe are here.
2-5pm Tooting Library, 020 8767 0543
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.
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.
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.
These Tooting landmark buildings; Defoe Chapel in Tooting High Street and The Gables, Longley Road, have also been added to the local list.