Pioneering Tooting – The Totterdown Estate Walk: Wednesday 29th May 2019

Totterdown Estate Opening (Copyright London Metropolitan Archives)

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.


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

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.

Stars of The Music Hall-May 2019 Monthly Meeting

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

Poster for May 2019 THG Monthly Meeting
Stars of The Music Hall-May 2019 Monthly Meeting

Merton Priory: The Next Chapter-April Monthly Meeting

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.

THG Members Visit To Lambeth Palace Library March 2019

THG Members At Lambeth Palace Library March 22 2019

THG Members At Lambeth Palace Library March 22 2019

Members of THG At Lambeth Palace on 22nd March 2019

THG Members At Lambeth Palace Examining Documents About Tooting. 22 March 2019

THG members visited Lambeth Palace Library for an informative tour of the archives, conservation room and Great Hall this month. Located oppositethe Houses of Parliament, the library has amassed a huge collection of books, documents and artefacts over many centuries. Of particular interest to us were documents relating to Tooting and the churches of St. Nicholas and Holy Trinity in Trinity Road.

You can find more about the Lambeth Palace Library here.