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.

March Meeting Details: 100 Years Of Greasby’s Auction House

Our next meeting on Tuesday 12th March will hear about the history of Greasby’s Auction House. We will hear from Managing Director Christine Sachett about the Longley Road-based auctioneers who are celebrating their centenary in Tooting this year. The talk will be at our usual venue here.

You can find more about Greasby’s here.

Flyer for our March Monthly meeting

Details of March 2019 Monthly Meeting

Christmas Quiz Answers

Tooting History Group

Christmas Quiz 2018 Answers

 

 

  1. In how many locations around the world does the Commonwealth War Graves Commission care for memorials and graves?
  • 23,000

 

 

  1. The “Classic”, the “Mayfair” and the “Astoria” are names of former cinemas in Tooting. Which of them, located between Derinton and Lessingham Avenues, is now used by the Tooting Islamic Centre?

 

  • The Mayfair

 

  1. Which style of architecture influenced Frank Dickinson, designer and builder of Little Holland House in Carshalton? Was it
  • Arts and Crafts.

 

  1. The Tooting History Group joined with The Friends of Tooting Common to celebrate an anniversary at the Café. What was the anniversary?
  • 120 years since it opened.

 

  1. What was the occupation of Mr. Henry Thrale, who occupied Streatham Park with his wife Hester Thrale and entertained Dr. Johnson?
  • A brewer in Southwark.

 

  1. Which Tooting Community is associated with “crubeen”, “poteen” and the “wearing of the green”?
  • The Irish Community
  1. Who donated the drinking fountain on Tooting Bec Common, recently restored to working order by the Tooting Common Heritage project.
  • Joseph James Jones.

 

 

  1. Which of these GLC byelaws did NOT apply to Tooting Commons?
  • No person shall in any open space exercise racing pigeons.

 

 

  1. Which Tooting secondary school did local author Beryl Kingston attend during the war and later teach at:
  • Rosa Bassett.

 

 

  1. What was the land now occupied by Streatham Crematorium in Blackshaw Road previously used for?
  • Allotments.

 

  1. The ancient boundary of Tooting Graveney Parish is still marked in some places by original boundary markers. Which date or dates can you find on these boundary markers:
  • 1864
  • 1882

 

 

 

 

  1. In which year did Women of Tooting first get the vote?
  • 1918

 

 

Sir Harry Lauder Will Be Smiling!

Picture of Harry Lauder taken in 1909

Harry Lauder in 1909

We recently reported on a planning application at 46, Longley Road, Tooting for 5 terraced  houses, each of three storeys, to be built in the rear garden. This is the house with a blue plaque on the front celebrating the fact that Sir Harry Lauder lived here between 1903 and 1911.  THG lodged an objection, along with 30 other individuals. Wandsworth Council planners have now decided to refuse the application. The decision notice gives four reasons for the refusal. You can read our original report and objection here. You can see the planning application and decision notice here.

Tooting History Group Christmas Quiz 2018

So how much do you know about Tooting History? Guests at our recent Christmas Party enjoyed our annual Christmas Quiz. The questions are based on our monthly meetings and other events we held in 2018.  There are 13 possible correct answers which will be posted here early in the New Year.

 

  1. In how many locations around the world does the Commonwealth War Graves Commission care for memorials and graves?
  • 230
  • 2300
  • 23,000

 

 

  1. The “Classic”, the “Mayfair” and the “Astoria” are names of three former cinemas in Tooting. Which of them, located between Derinton and Lessingham Avenues, is now used by the Tooting Islamic Centre?

 

 

  1. Which style of architecture influenced Frank Dickinson, designer and builder of Little Holland House in Carshalton? Was it
  • Arts and Crafts?
  • Post-modernism?
  • Rococo?

 

 

  1. The Tooting History Group joined with The Friends of Tooting Common in August to celebrate an anniversary at the Café on Tooting Common. What was the anniversary?

 

 

  1. What was the occupation of Mr. Henry Thrale, who occupied Streatham Park with his wife Hester Thrale where they regularly entertained Dr. Johnson? Was he:
  • A publisher in Fleet Street?
  • A judge in the High Court?
  • A brewer in Southwark?

 

 

  1. Which Tooting Community is associated with “crubeen”, “poteen” and the “wearing of the green”?

 

  1. Who donated the drinking fountain on Tooting Bec Common, recently restored to working order by the Tooting Common Heritage project:
  • Alfred Hurley?
  • Henry Prince?
  • Joseph James Jones?

 

 

  1. Which of these GLC byelaws did NOT apply to Tooting Commons?
  • No person shall in any open space sort rags, bones, refuse, or matters of like, or mend any chair.
  • No person shall in any open space shake or beat any carpet, mat, or other thing, or place any clothes or other things for the purpose of drying or bleaching.
  • No person shall wilfully break glass, china, or other like thing in any open space.
  • No person shall in any open space exercise racing pigeons.

 

 

  1. Which Tooting secondary school did local author Beryl Kingston attend during the war and later teach at:
  • Garratt Green/Burntwood?
  • Rosa Bassett?
  • Ensham?

 

 

  1. What was the land now occupied by Streatham Crematorium in Blackshaw Road previously used for?

 

 

  1. The ancient boundary of Tooting Graveney Parish is still marked in some places by original boundary markers. Which date or dates can you find on these boundary markers:
  • 1864
  • 1878
  • 1882
  • 1896

 

 

  1. In which year did Women of Tooting first get the vote?

Harry Lauder’s House Threatened By Development

One of the few houses in Tooting with a Blue Plaque is threatened by highly inappropriate development. The house at 46-48 Longley Road was home to Harry Lauder, the famous music-hall star between 1903 and 1911. The house includes an auditorium built at the rear for private performances. The only other house with a Blue Plaque in Tooting is Thomas Hardy’s residence on Trinity Road.

The application is for five three storey houses to be built in the rear garden. Tooting History Group has objected along with at least 20 other local residents. You can see the application and make objections here . The application is open for comments until 30th November 2018. Below is a photo after the developers hoardings went up recently, along with the THG objection.

Photo of House At 46 Longley Road with developers hoarding erected

Harry Lauder’s House 46 Longley Road With The Hoardings Up

PLANNING APPLICATION 2018/4762

I am writing  on behalf of Tooting History Group to object to the above application to build a terrace of five 3-storey houses in the rear garden of 46-48 Longley Road, SW17 9LL.

No. 46 is the former home of the world-renowned musical hall singer and comedian, Sir Harry Lauder. A blue plaque on the building records that he lived there between 1903-11.  At the back, adjoining the property, is an auditorium built for his private performances.

These premises, in their entirety, were nominated by THG  for local listing in the most recent borough-wide review.  The nomination was approved (though the Planning Portal has yet to be updated).  Apart from its connection with Lauder, the property is a fine example of the architecture of this part of Tooting Graveney.

Indeed, No.46 is one of five locally listed residences on Longley Road;  the Gospel Hall, at the other end, is also locally listed.  We therfore do not agree that ‘no statutorily or locally listed buildings exist within the site for which this application is made or in its immediate vicinity.’

The Design and Access Statement states that  ‘shallow front gardens and deep rear gardens are common features of almost all buildings along Longley Road’.  Regrettably, many of the front gardens have been converted to hard-standing for cars. This makes it all the more important that the long rear gardens should be retained to provide much-needed open space for residents and a haven for wildlife – particularly in an area which is chronically short of green space.

Until recently, the gardens at No.46 were kept in good order with well-tended mature trees offering some seclusion and an agreeable outlook for neighbouring properties.  Since the property changed hands, the garden and many of its features have been neglected.

The Design and Access Statement refers to ‘precedents for back-land developments in the area such as the houses at the rear gardens of Nos. 50 and 52 as well as the Marlborough House Lodge at No. 42’.

We acknowledge that there are detached developments In the rear gardens of Nos. 50 and 52 but these are small, single dwellings. Similarly, at No. 42, Marlborough House Lodge is a simple Victorian coach-house. These are in no  way comparable to the proposed terrace of five 3-storey houses.

Our understanding is that Wandsworth Council has a borough-wide policy opposing garden development. We see no reason why an exception should be made for 46-48 Longley Road, Furthermore, should this application be approved, it will set a precedent for further garden development, not only in Longley Road but across the borough.

Yours sincerely,

Janet Smith

Chair, Tooting History Group