Gently Flows The Graveney

Explore the hidden lower reaches of the River Graveney with Tooting History Group. Starting at the Roe Bridge , we will be walking two miles to the junction of the Graveney with the Wandle. Along the way there will be occasional glimpses of the River Graveney. And some history of golf in the area, boundaries, bridges, music hall stars, a lost waterfall, sewage and an early railway line.

We will be meeting at the Roe Bridge on Mitcham Lane/Streatham Road near the junction with Rural Way on at 11am on Saturday 25th September 2021. Buses 201,127,333,57 stop nearby.

The walk will be about two miles and we should finish by 1pm. Free, no need to book.

The walk is part of the Wandle Fortnight which takes place from the 11th to the 26th September 2021. You can find more details of all the Wandle Fortnight Festival events here.

“The Common Story” On Sale

This Saturday 7th August 2021, you will be able to buy a copy of “The Common Story” up on Tooting Common. We will be at the fountain on Tooting Bec Road (junction of Dr Johnson Avenue) from 11am to 1pm, selling copies for £10.

Now in it’s second edition, The Common Story is a comprehensive history of Tooting Common. The book was published with lottery funding and Tooting History Group members played a major part in doing the archival research.

If you are unable to come up to the Common on Saturday, please fill out the form below and we will deliver/post a copy to you.

Council Housing In London Before And After The Totterdown Fields Estate: Wandsworth Heritage Festival Event

The Totterdown Fields Estate, Tooting was one of the earliest LCC Council Housing Estates built in London. We will be presenting a talk about the Estate (online by Zoom) on June 1st 2021 at 7.30pm. The talk is part of The Wandsworth Heritage Festival.

John Boughton, our speaker, will talk about the significance of The Totterdown Fields Estate for the development of Council housing in London.

John Boughton has written and blogged extensively about public housing. In 2018, he published a well regarded book: “Municipal Dreams The Rise And Fall of Council Housing”, which is now available in paperback.

John describes The Totterdown Fields Estate as “…the first municipal ‘garden estate’ and the forerunner of many which followed but impressive both for its design and architecture and the vision which underlay them.”

To book a place for the Zoom talk on June 1st for a donation, go to the Eventbrite page here.

You can read John Boughton’s blog “Municipal Dreams” here.

The Programme of Wandsworth Heritage Festival events is available here. Many of the events for this year’s festival relate to homes and housing.

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)