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Once a curiosity hidden behind a fence on Tooting Common, the Woodfield Pavilion is being re-opened and returned to public use. At the first opening in 1933 (see image below), Alderman Samuel Cresswell announced that the pavilion and grounds were to be ‘preserved for all time for displays, games, and sports. For years they were a hub of activity before the pavilion fell into disrepair as Wandsworth could not afford the upkeep. By 1986 the ground had become an unmarked grass sward and was leased to the Waldorf School. After a decade-long effort by residents, the pavilion has been refurbished... Read more...
Photo of Streatham from 1804
The hustle and bustle of Streatham today is far removed from the peace and tranquillity of the small country village described in a new book by local historian, John W Brown, Streatham Village.   The ancient parish church of St. Leonard's is the sole survivor from that time and is the oldest building on the A23 with the tower dating back to 1350. The book describes some of the long-lost buildings in the village, from the large homes of the rich and famous to humble farm labourers’ cottages – and there was a village lock-up by Streatham Green, where drunks were confined overnight!   Streatham... Read more...