1921 Walk: Balham to Tooting across the Common

Saturday 14 September 1:45 PM to 5:15 PM

Price for single attendee: £17.00

Tony Woolfenden leads a walk to see something of the creation of these late Victorian and Edwardian suburbs. We will include: St Mary’s, Balham, 1807 chapel with grand Baroque refronting of 1904 and recently restored rich 1890s chancel decoration; The Priory, Bedford Hill, scene of the sensational Charles Bravo poisoning mystery of 1876; elaborate terracotta ornament on the houses of the Heaver estate (its developer Alfred Heaver advertised it as the finest in London); Tooting Bec Common and its 1879 keeper’s lodge; All Saints, Tooting Graveney by Temple Moore, 1904-6, one of the greatest of all Victorian and Edwardian churches in the view of Moore’s biographer, Geoff Brandwood, who will talk about the architect and the building on site; the London County Council’s first cottage estate, at Totterdown Fields, Tooting, of 1903-11; and Roselieb’s statue of Edward VII in Tooting Broadway where our walk finishes at the Northern Line station (two stops south of Balham). After the walk you are welcome to join Geoff Brandwood in continuing on to the stunning King’s Head pub in Upper Tooting Road (1896, WM Brutton) where he will talk about its architecture and arrangements. A walk of just under three miles, with some modest gradients. Meet at the main entrance to Balham Station (Northern line and direct rail service from Victoria). £17 including modest refreshments. Booking required.*

 


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Event code: 1921

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