Streatham Common

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Factory Square

Immanuel Parish Schools by G. G.Scott, 1861, extended by George & Peto, 1874.

Greyhound Lane

5 Two half  oil jars on frontage, sign of oil and colour man.

151 Greyhound Brewery

Green Lane

Factory premises of Small Electrical Motors Ltd. old laundry and chimney

Guildersford Road

St.Andrew, 1885-6 by George & Peto. Ernest George lived near Streatham Common, and his firm, well known for their Dutch domestic architecture, did much work in this area. 

Vicarage next door, 1886 by George & Peto. Good

Church Hall, 1898 by George & Yeates.

Lime Common, is the top bit, Beam for Queen `Victoria's Jubilee, cricket green is preserved in the Commons Act

The Rookery. the best  formal garden in Lambeth. This is the  site of an early spa. The well head is now in a walled Old English garden with white flowors – called The White Garden with a sundial. this is the site of one of the three  original wells of Streatham Spa dating from 1659. workmen in 1660 had their homes stuck in the middle. The bright  yellow monkey flower is very colourful alongside the stream in summer and a  number of ferns such as soft shield-fern  and male fern can be found here too. magnificent cedar of  Lebanon. There's also a  walled English Garden with fragrant planting; a secluded rock garden and stream; a small yew-hedged pond garden and wisteria-clad pergola; shrubbery-lined paths and Further down the hill is a quiet orchard.

South Side Streatham Common

South Side home Transferred from Metropolitan Asylums Board to London County Council, LCC management


In the 17th went from being a small scattered village to a popular residential area following the discovery of the spa well in 1660.

Streatham Common

marked on the Ordnance Survey map of 1816.  and there was a fashionable spa near here during the 18th century, based on a medicinal spring discovered in 1659 and still marked Wells on the 1816 map.

Streatham High Road

Path alongside the road. This is the area of relic acid grassland on  Streatham Common. The  large anthills of the yellow meadow ant , which are present in the grass, are a good  indication that this grassland has been little  disturbed in the past

Sainsburys, behind it is Factory Square. Has been India rubber firm since 1838, built as Dak.  1885, chimney, Sainsburys purchased land occupied by the Cow Industrial Polymers

India Rubber Works  of P. B. Cow of Cow Gum. The handsome chimney added to the works in 1885 may also be by George Peto. Cow Industrial Polymers P.B.Cow, 1857.

Sainsburys - Silk Mill.  the Mill building is incorporated into Sainsbury's, providing offices and refreshment facilities. The mill was ercrcted in 1820 by Stephen Wilson, a silk manufacturpr, whose family lived almost opposite, but with long connections with the Spiralfields industry. Although importing both French personnel and new Jacquard techniques, Wilson is thought to have found his new green-field-site cheaper to operate. It is a complete, purpose-built three storey Georgian silk mill, of pleasant proportions and appearance, complete with a cupola, which was probably the first UK location to use Jacquard-style looms. Became Cow industrial Polymers

386 1932 Ice Rink. 1927 Baths next door.

496 Beehive Coffee House and Working Men's Lodgings; a Queen Anne front of 1878-9 by George & Peto. It was intended benefit the workers of the neighbouring India Rubber Works listed.

412-415 Holy Martyrs, built by P.B.Cow

Emmanuel Church.  A rebuilding and enlargement of 1864-5 by B. Ferrey of a church built in 1854 by A. Ross. Kentish rag. Tower. Stained glass Windows by Lovers & Barraud commemorating the chief donors, the Leaf family of Park Hill, Streatham Common..

412-416 Streams. Architect's Department, 1968-9, of houses on decks over garages

498 Pied Bull.  Near the common, The island bar serves four distinct areas. There are comfortable - sofas and upholstered chairs; prints adorn every wall. The garden is particularly popular.

Hambley Mansions

668 Sussex Tavern

Greyhound Inn, meeting house in last century of gypsies

522 Garage. A semi-deserted- looking garage is home to the spooks' special motor pool. The cars and vans that come and go from here don't always leave in the same colours or with the same registration plates they had when they entered. This is where SIS built false bottoms into the van that smuggled Oleg Gordievsky out of the USSR

Streatham Common

The common used to comprise an area of rough open land. The trees surrounding the lower slope, and the "ancient" wooded area at the top of the common, are comparatively modern developments being -the result of landscaping undertaken by the Metropolitan Board of Works when they took over responsibility in 1888. I can only assume that in the late 15th century the common was denuded of bracken and furze as a result of which "thorns" required to construct the pound had to be brought from Pollards Hill. The pound was situated in the manor of South or Lower Streatham, the common land of which was the present-day Streatham Common. The manor of Streatham was combined with that of Tooting Bee and its common land was Tooting Bee Common. At one time there were two pounds on Streatham Common, one was situated opposite Greyhound Lane and the other halfway between the lower pond and Streatham Common South, the latter being clearly marked on the Ordnance Survey map dating from the mid-1860s and believed to be the site of the ancient pound of the manor.

Wallfied House.

Commons rights movement like Tooting.  Sold commoners rights.  Commoners burnt the fences and the gorse.  Six mysterious men cut enclosure fences for grazing.  Well discovered by ploughman in hot and sulphurous.  So, Streatham Well House.  Common sold by ecclesiastical commissioners to Metropolitan Board of Works for £5

West Streatham Common


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