Local History

Trees On Tooting Common

Tooting Bec Common, comprising nearly 152 acres (62 ha), was one of the first commons which the Metropolitan Board of Works took action to preserve following the Metropolitan Commons Act of 1866. Tooting Bec Common and Tooting Graveney Common, are the remains of common land that once stretched as far as Mitcham.

Du Cane Court

Du Cane Court is an Art Deco apartment block, it was opened in 1937 and, with 676 apartments, is the largest privately owned block of flats under one roof in Europe.

Bomb

The West End of London and Crystal Palace Railway opened a station named Balham Hill on 1 December 1856. on 14 October 1940, a 1400 kg semi-armour piercing fragmentation bomb fell on the road above the northern end of the platform tunnels, creating a large crater into which a bus then crashed, 64 lives were lost.

Murder at The Priory

It was an unsolved crime committed within an elite Victorian household at The Priory.

Duchess Theatre

The Royal Duchess Theatre, on the High Road, Balham, London was built at a cost of £35,000 for The London Theatre of Varieties and Barrasford Ltd, and designed by the architect W. G. R. Sprague who would also be manager of the Theatre until 1903. The Theatre opened on Monday the 18th of September 1899 with Hayden Coffin in a production of the play ‘The Geisha’.