Beating The Bounds Of Tooting Graveney Parish

The ancient parish of Tooting Graveney was the smallest parish in the county of Surrey. And we have an account from 1884 of the boundaries of the parish and the properties you would pass when beating the bounds. So 134 years later, we are going to beat the bounds of Tooting Graveney. We won’t be borrowing half a dozen young schoolboys to undertake the more perilous parts of the walk, which the vestry did in 1884. Nor will we be beating the five remaining Parish Boundary markers with willow fronds. But we will stop at the older buildings of interest, the boundary posts, and perhaps one or two hostelries. And catching a glimpse of Tooting growing from a small rural village in Surrey to the expanding suburb of London it had become by the end of the nineteenth century.

We are doing the 6 mile walk on Saturday 14th July, meeting at 11am at Amen Corner at the junction of Mitcham Road and Southcroft Road.

Poster For Beating The Bounds

Beating The Bounds of Tooting Graveney

Local List Agreed By Wandsworth

What have Harringtons Pie and Mash shop in Selkirk Road, Furzedown Recreation Ground, the Victorian Post Box in Church Lane at the entrance to Hawthorn Crescent and Fircroft School got in common?

They have all been approved for addition to the local list of historic buildings and items drawn up by Wandsworth Council and approved at Committee this week. Tooting History Group Committee members spent many hours surveying, compiling and submitting buildings and other historic items of interest for consideration by Wandsworth. Although local listing doesn’t have the same statutory force as listing by Historic England, it will have to be taken into account when planning applications are considered.

You can view the full local list for the whole borough here.

You can view the full Council Committee report here.

Defoe Chapel, 19,Tooting High Street

The Gables, 107-109, Longley Road, Tooting.


These  Tooting landmark buildings; Defoe Chapel in Tooting High Street and The Gables, Longley Road, have also been added to the local list.


RACS Planning Application To Be Decided Tuesday 26th June

The latest planning application for the RACS building in Upper Tooting Road will be decided by Wandsworth Planning Committee next Tuesday. The 1920’s facade of the building will be retained but the proposal includes a 96 bedroom hotel and 41 residential flats. The full summary of the proposal reads:

Demolition of the existing buildings, with the retention and restoration of
the RACS building facade and redevelopment of the remainder of the
site to provide a part single/part four/part five-storey building to provide
up to 2,105sqm of flexible floorspace at ground level for retail, financial
and professional services, restaurant, pub and bar (Classes A1-A4)
and 173sqm floorspace for community use (Class D1/D2); a 96-
bedroom hotel (Class C1); 41 residential units (comprising 9 x 1-
bedroom, 29 x 2-bedroom and 3 x 3-bedroom units); associated car
parking for 45 cars (including 29 spaces for public use), 124 cycle
parking spaces, servicing areas and landscaping.

You can read the full (47 page) Wandsworth Council report here.

Artists impression of proposals for RACS building in Upper Tooting Road

Proposal For RACS Building In Upper Tooting Road

Mrs. Thrale And Dr Johnson: Our July Talk

Poster For July 2018 Meeting

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.


Sadie Crawford Blue Plaque To Be Unveiled In Fountain Road

Sadie Crawford, Tooting-born jazz musician will be celebrated on Saturday with a plaque unveiling on Fountain Road. The youngest of seven children, Sadie was born Louisa Harriet Marshall  on 27 December 1885.  She became a jazz saxophonist and dancer and toured throughout Europe. In 1930, she moved to the US. The unveiling, organised by Summerstown182,  will be at 2pm, followed by a jazz parade to St. Mary’s Church, Summerstown. More details of Sadie Crawford here.

Poster For Sadie Crawford plaque unveiling

Big Turnout For Tooting History Group Heritage Festival Walk

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.


Janet Smith,our Chair, relating the history of the refreshment hut on Tooting Bec Common, June 9 2018. Photo Andrew Cordani


Philip Bradley tells a tale of how a crowd ripped up the fencing put up by the Lord of the Manor of Tooting Graveney. THG Walk on 9 June 2018. Photo Andrew Cordani.


Cynthia Pullin tells the story of how the newly restored fountain came to be on the Common. THG Walk 9 June 2018. Photo Andrew Cordani.


Paul Gander tells how the Second World War impacted on Tooting Commons with both rockets descending and ascending. THG Walk 9 June 2018. Photo Andrew Cordani.


Balham To Tooting Bec Trail Evening Walk: Tuesday June 19th

Join Neighbourhoodnetworks.sw17 on the Balham to Tooting Bec Trail on Tuesday June 19th at 6.45 pm 

Download the podcast – bring your headphones and enjoy this interactive local walk.

 Meet us outside Irene House (next to St Mary’s church, by Balham Tube Station). Stop at the Wheatsheaf (or you can go on back to Balham to finish the trail)

 Podcast; access from or complete-trail or on iTunes

We wil have the maps or pick up at local shops or Balham library. #balhamtootingtrail on Instagram and Twitter

Image for promoting Balham To Tooting Bec Trail