Tooting Common History Book Launch Opens Wandsworth Heritage Festival

Poster Advertising TCHP Book Launch
Poster Advertising TCHP Book Launch May 2019

Over the last three years, volunteers from Tooting History Group together with Enable and Wandsworth Council have been researching a history of Tooting Common in a Heritage Lottery funded project. The research included the coming of the railways to the common, the refreshment cafe, the Commons during the Second World War and how the commons came into public ownership. The research has been edited together into a book by historian Katy Layton-Jones and will be launched at the opening event of the Wandsworth Heritage Festival.

Philip Bradley, Chair of Tooting History Group said “We’re very pleased to have been able to contribute to the Common Story History Of Tooting Common. Tooting Graveney and Tooting Bec Commons are highly valued green spaces for local people. We hope that the research undertaken by THG members will add to everyone’s enjoyment of Tooting Common and give them a greater understanding of how it has become the much-loved open space it is today.”

The free launch event is taking place in the Tooting Bec Lido Pavilion on Saturday 25th May at 2pm. Entrance is from the Lido Car Park.

Copies of the book will be available for sale or free to Tooting History Group members.

For more details of the Wandsworth Heritage Festival and the programme of events, see here.

Beating The Bounds Of Tooting Graveney Parish

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.

Poster For Beating The Bounds

Beating The Bounds of Tooting Graveney