Architecture and the Asylum – Stories from Springfield Hospital

Picture of Psychiatric Hospital Ward

This talk, organised by GLL/Tooting Library, is happening next Tuesday 16th July at Tooting Library from 6pm. You can book free tickets here.

Come visit Tooting Library and learn about the construction and demise of Springfield Hospital with Dr Khaldoon Ahmed!

Psychiatrist and filmmaker Dr Khaldoon Ahmed will take us on a journey of the construction of Asylums in the 19th Century, to their eventual demise to luxury housing. 

Supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, Khaldoon and a team of volunteers looked at the history of Springfield Hospital, originally built in 1841, now being redeveloped into apartments and new mental health facilities. In this talk he will present his findings, and show a short work-in-progress film about the old psychiatric intensive care unit at Springfield that was demolished last month.

The talk will also include a discussion on architecture and the treatment of mental illness.

Putting Tooting On The Historic Map

Have you got a favourite historic place in Tooting you want to see featured on the internet? Is there a person, feature or memory you want to record on the web?

Come along to Tooting Library on Saturday 20th July from 2-5pm when Tooting History Group will be uploading historic features to the Layers of London Website.

Bring your photos (and memories).

Have a look at the Layers of London website at:

We look forward to seeing you at Tooting Library on the 20th July.

Layers Of London-Our July 2019 Monthly Meeting

Layers of London is a map-based history website. Users can access free historic maps of London and contribute their own stories, memories and histories to create a public social history resource about their area.

Come and hear Amy Todd from The Layers of London Project tell us how we can put Tooting on the Layers of London map.

You can see the Layers of London website here.

The meeting starts at 7.30 on Tuesday 9th July at our usual venue – The United Reform Church, Rookstone Road, SW179NQ.

Beating The Bounds Of Tooting Graveney Parish

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!

Poster for Beating The Bounds Event on July 6th 2019