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!
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.