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.


“Immortalised” In Tooting?

Historic England Logo

Historic England has launched a project , “Immortalised”, to record local monuments and rituals around England. They particularly want to record little-known or unofficial monuments and events which don’t figure in the national consciousness.

As they put it in their Press Release: “From flowers left at the Alan Turing statue in Manchester on his birthday, to the annual service on the pavement beneath Oliver Cromwell in Westminster, a number of statues and memorials have regular rituals attached to them that keep their stories alive.

Researchers for the exhibition are particularly interested in finding out information about the way ordinary people and communities create unofficial memorials that become part of our collective memory and part of a place’s identity.

So what monument or ritual would you nominate in Tooting?

You can read about the project here.

You can contact us on the form below.

Locally Listed In Tooting

Tooting History Group has been involved in submitting buildings and other items of interest to Wandsworth Council for “local listing.”. This is a non-statutory list held by the Council.  Particular thanks are due to Libby Lawson and other THG volunteers for photographing,researching and advocating the buildings and items shown below.

For  more details of Wandsworth’s Local List, see here.

If you want to suggest other buildings or places for Tooting History Group to put forward for local listing, please contact us on the form below.

The Gables,Longley Road, Tooting

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

An unusual and fine pair of semi-detached houses consisting of three adjoining gable fronts, built on plots 342 to 344 purchased by Mr W.J. Ellis from the British Land Co. Ltd. for £192 in 1886. Mr Ellis lived in ‘Mona’ until 1893 and a private collection of documents detail later owners and occupiers including individuals significant to Tooting’s history. A parish boundary marker remains in the grounds of Mona – the land originally being on the boundary between Surrey parishes of Tooting Graveney and Mitcham. ‘The Gables’ is double fronted; a square bay and splay bay either side of the recessed porch with original painted coloured glass. This substantial house is barely altered with it’s lay out retained and enjoying attractive front gardens. In a panel on the central gable and to the infilled gullies either side are unusual and attractive floral and foliage inspired pargeting.

Defoe Chapel, Tooting High Street

Defoe Chapel, 19,Tooting High Street

Built in 1776 for a congregation established in 1688, two storey pedimented classical front’ (Pevsner) on the grounds of a previous wooden church where Dissenters met in secret to escape persecution. Local folklore suggests Daniel Defoe was amongst them and the chapel named after him continued as a place of worship for Non-Conformists until 1902 when it was sold to the Primitive Methodists. In 1911 it was sold for commercial use. Before that time, c1910 Alderman William Melluhish, undertaker and stonemason oversaw the removal of burials within the chapel building and re-interment of remains to a Streatham cemetery. In 2014 Tooting History Group members united with the congregation of the United Reform Church,Tooting to resist alteration to the front elevation and development at the rear of the building. Plans to remodel the façade were withdrawn and in 2015, during works to extend the retail premises, human remains were unearthed in the cemetery grounds and re-interred on the site at two ceremonies conducted by Reverend Helen Matthews of the URC.