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.”
Have you ever wondered where the first public housing in Tooting was built? Do you know why The Totterdown Estate has been designated a Conservation Area? As part of the Wandsworth Heritage Festival, Tooting History Group has organised a walk around the Totterdown Estate. The walk will be led by local historian and Tooting History Group member Janet Smith.
WEDNESDAY 29TH MAY – 2PM GUIDED WALK: PIONEERING TOOTING – THE TOTTERDOWN ESTATE
The building of the LCC’s first ‘village estate’ in the early years of the 20th century marked the start of a new era in social housing. • Meet at Edward VII statue, Tooting Broadway tube station • £5 for non-Tooting History Group members • No booking required
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.
Tooting has connections with several figures from the Victorian and Edwardian music hall. For our May monthly meeting, you can here about these stars and what their connections were. We are also promised some recordings for your delectation and delight! Peter Charlton from The British Music hall Society will be addressing us.
We meet at 7.30 on Tuesday 14th May in The United Reform Church, Rookstone Road, Tooting – details here
Merton Priory will be the subject of our next monthly meeting on Tuesday April 9th. John Hawkes from the Merton Priory Trust will be coming along to tell us about the 800 year history of the Priory and future developments. The meeting starts at 7.30 pm and is at The United Reform Church in Rookstone Road, Tooting.(Details here.)
You can read more about the Merton Priory Trust here.