Have you ever seen what seems to be a huge Hindu temple on the train outside Streatham Common station? Have you wondered why the hilly bit of Streatham is called Streatham Wells, or what that cute but ancient looking little building on the corner of Greyhound Lane and westwell Road was?
Well, the Streatham Society has been researching these and many, many more interesting aspects of the area for decades now. Founded in 1974, the Society doesn't just write books and hold meetings, it can claim results localy including preventing of loss of the Streatham wells mineral spa building, stopping an urban motorway being built across Streatham, listing and preservation of the Georgian silk mill (Sainsbury's Superstore complex), and acting as a key player to ensure the building of the new ice and leisure centre and refurbishment of Streatham library and new community space.
The Society has launched a new book highlighting many fascinating and remarkable houses, buildings, monuments and artefacts found in Streatham. Written by the well-known local historian, John W Brown, the book features many of Streatham's unusual features often found tucked away out of prominent view, hidden down side streets and easily overlooked.
The items featured inlcude the temple-like building above to a small house in Besley Street that once concealed an anti-tank gun in the Second World War, the Dyce Fountain on Streatham Green, the superb mural in Palace Road Nature Gardens and an electric substation in Tooting Bec Gardens disguised to look like a church chapel.
Visit the Streatham Society bookstall or streathamsociety.org.uk to get your copy and help the society continue its good work here locally.