Streatham Common has exited for over a thousand years and is the last vestige of the ancient manor of South Streatham.

For centuries it has provided a valuable resource to the local community the poor who owned no land and could not afford to rent pasture had the right to graze cattle sheep and other livestock on the Commons and gather furze and wood for fuel. 

It was here the Streatham militia practised musket drill during the Napoleonic Wars and where around 125 years later residents dug for victory on the allotments during the Second World War.