Our monthly meeting on Tuesday November 12th will be about Sindy (the doll) and her genesis. Come and hear David Luff from the Merton Historical Society tell us about the family tree and how she begun life down the road at a toy factory in Merton. We meet at the United Reform Church in Rookstone Road (details here )
Have you got a favourite historic place in Tooting you want to see featured on the internet? Is there a person, feature or memory you want to record on the web?
Come along to Tooting Library on Saturday 20th July from 2-5pm when Tooting History Group will be uploading historic features to the Layers of London Website.
Bring your photos (and memories).
Have a look at the Layers of London website at: https://www.layersoflondon.org/
We look forward to seeing you at Tooting Library on the 20th July.
This is the Tooting Parish Boundary as described in 1884 at a meeting of the Tooting Ratepayers Association. We will be walking it on Saturday July 6th 2019.
Layers of London is a map-based history website. Users can access free historic maps of London and contribute their own stories, memories and histories to create a public social history resource about their area.
Come and hear Amy Todd from The Layers of London Project tell us how we can put Tooting on the Layers of London map.
You can see the Layers of London website here.
The meeting starts at 7.30 on Tuesday 9th July at our usual venue – The United Reform Church, Rookstone Road, SW179NQ.
In 1884, a very precise description was published of the boundaries of Tooting Graveney Parish. It details the boundary fields of the Parish,who owned them and what they were being used for. We are retracing the route again in July 2019 and hope to evoke some of the historical landscape of late Victorian Tooting, stopping at the historic buildings and boundary markers on the way.
Tooting Graveney was the smallest parish in Surrey so the walk is approximately 8 miles long. We will be taking a break half-way round and you can join us for the morning or afternoon session or preferably both.
The walk is on Saturday 6th July. We are starting at 10am at Amen Corner at the junction of Mitcham Road and Southcroft Road. We will be taking a break for lunch in Tooting and reconvening at 2pm outside The Selkirk Pub, Selkirk Road (Junction of Fishponds Road) ,SW17 0ES.
Last year we did the walk in baking hot temperatures so bring some water and wear suitable footwear, as they say in all the best walking guides!
What are the buildings, objects, features that make Tooting important to you? What does being “locally listed” mean? What do you want to protect and improve in Tooting? Come to our June meeting and find out about local listing and Tooting History Group’s role in drawing it up.
The meeting is at our usual venue – The United Reformed Church in Rookstone Road – details here
The newly published “Common Story” history of Tooting Commons was successfully launched on Saturday 25th May. Over 80 people crammed into the Pavillion building at Tooting Bec lido to hear presentations about the book and buy copies.
The book is the result of a four year Heritage Lottery funded project which has involved volunteer researchers, a professional historian, Enable and Wandsworth Council, together with other local history groups.
The Common Story is available in hard copy for £10 from The Tooting History Group. Alternatively, you can download a pdf copy (7 mb) by clicking the link below.
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.”