Our next meeting is on Tuesday 11th September. Starting at 7.30, there will be a presentation by Tooting Neighbourhood Forum and two members talks on Crime on Tooting Common and Little Holland House. Members and non-members are welcome. We will be at our usual venue-details here.
Thanks to Peter Ramell from Friends Of Tooting Common for providing the quiz last Monday. Here are the answers.
Q1. When was the cafe built? (1. 1918 2. 1878 3. 1898)
Answer is 3 – 1898
Q2. How many Tooting Commons are there? (1. One 2. Two 3. Three)
Answer is 2 – Two [They are Tooting Bec Common and Tooting Graveney Common]
Q3. There is a pond on Tooting Common where Elmbourne Road meets Tooting Bec Rd. What is it known as? (1. The Ecology Pond. 2. The Old Yachting Pond. 3. Both)
Answer is 3 – Both
Q4. What was the annual rent paid to run the cafe for the first three years after its opening?
(1. £25 2. £15 3. £125)
Answer is 1 – £25
Q5. The Friends of Tooting Common do bat walks on the Common in summer and have heard lots of bats hunting insects. Which bats have we heard? Circle all those you think are right
(1. Pipistrelle. 2. Daubenton. 3. Soprano pipistrelle)
Answer is all three
Q6. When the cafe opened, how much (in “old ” money) would a tea, lemonade and two hot chocolates (all together) have cost? (1. 2 old pennies (d) 2. 8 old pennies (d) 3. 4 old pennies)
Answer is 3 – 4 old pennies (d)
Q7. Dr Johnson’s Avenue is named after Dr Johnson, who crossed the Common to visit friends. How did he travel? (1. Horse & cart. 2. Riding on a bike 3. Riding on a horse)
Answer is 3 – riding on a horse
Q8. There is a fossil tree on the Common, near the “main” pond. Who put it there?
(1. The Victorians 2. The Romans 3. The Edwardians)
Answer is 1 – The Victorians
Q9. What long distance path runs across the Common, crossing Bedford Hill at the path just north of the cafe, and running towards the Lido car park?
(1. London Loop 2. North Downs Way 3. Capital Ring)
Answer is 3 – Capital Ring
Q10. What is the architectural structure of the cafe usually known as?
(1. Half-boarded 2. Half-timbered 3. Square-framed)
Answer is 2 – Half-timbered
Over 100 local residents joined the Mayor of Wandsworth to mark the 120th anniversary of the Cafe on Tooting Bec Common on Bank Holiday Monday. A historic board giving the history of the cafe was unveiled by the Mayor and much delicious cake (and cupcake) was eaten. Janet Smith (Chair, Tooting History Group) led a short walk to the newly renovated fossilised tree by the lake. Peter Ramell (Chair, Friends of Tooting Common) provided a quiz. The event was jointly organised by Tooting History Group and The Friends of Tooting Common.
Dr Samuel Johnson was a regular visitor to the Streatham Park Estate next to Tooting Bec Common where he met with Mrs. Hester Thrale and her circle. He had his own room set aside and would drink up to 23 cups of tea a day. But what did they talk about? Come to our July meeting and find out.
Dr Cassie Ulph from Bishop Grosseteste University, Lincoln, will be talking about “Mrs Thrale and Dr Johnson: The Strange Story of the Mistress of Streatham Park and man-of-letters Dr Johnson” at our next meeting on July 10th at 7.30pm. Venue details here.
30 people joined Tooting History Group members on a walk around Tooting Common as part of the Wandsworth Heritage Festival last Saturday. We highlighted the recently restored fountain, Second World War events, the Lido and fossilised Tree, and Dr Samuel Johnson’s connections with the Common amongst other points of interest.
Tooting Commons have a long and controversial history of legal, political and financial conflict. Who runs the Common? Is it a Common or a park? Who sets the rules? How was it used in wartime? As part of The Wandsworth Heritage Festival, join Tooting History Group on a leisurely walk round the Common to hear about some of the extraordinary people and events that have helped to create this much-loved open space.
The walk is part of the HLF-funded Tooting Common Heritage Project and takes place on Saturday 9th June at 2.30pm. Meet at the newly refurbished fountain on Tooting Bec Road near the junction with Dr. Johnson Avenue.
Please book online at Eventbrite here.