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Franciscan Road

All Saints Church, 1904-6 by Temple Moore. Built through a bequest from Lady Charles Brudenell-Bruce in memory of her husband, the first Marquess of Ailesbury. The church is the centrepiece of the L.C.C.'s Totterdown Fields Estate. 

Graveney School LSB 1898 Notable examples of the symmetrical, three-decker turreted type a later design, with giant arches in terracotta. The school is a merger of Furzedown Secondary School and Ensham School. 


Relatively recent name referring to gorse on the common. Marked as ‘Furze Down’ on the Ordnance Survey map of 1876, that is ‘down on which furze or gorse grows', from Middle English ‘furse’. Local records from the 17th century refer to the cutting of furze for fuel by the inhabitants of Tooting on the common land here. Furzedown (east of Tooting).

Furzedown Drive

Furzedown Training College.  The core is a large plain mansion Furzedown House 1794 and later enlarged, which once stood in its own grounds here. It was bought in 1862 by Philip Flower and altered by James Knowles, Sen. in 1862-7. Five-bay front with cornice and parapet. Conservatory of c. 1865 on the side with a barrel-vaulted glass roof.  Bought by the LCC in 1915 and turned into a teacher training college. Additions for the college leave some exotic c19 planting. The new buildings are by L. Manasseh and Partners, 1961-5. 

Tooting Library William Lancaster Hope gave it.  Ballet.  Memorial to the Rev.Anderson, 1902 ext. 1908.  And plaque to Alderman.  In addition, clock about his work.

Furzedown estate.  Wandsworth Borough Council.  In the 1920s this was the council’s largest interwar estate.

St.Paul’s church 1925

Recreation ground provided by Wandsworth Council.

Furzedown Project opened by Dr.Norman Levinson as a meeting place for older people.

Rectory Lane

St. Benedict's former hospital. A stately brick neo-Georgian front on a grand scale. Built as Tooting College for St Joseph's R.C. College, Clapham in 1887-8 by William Harvey; later used as an old people's home before becoming a hospital. It was built in the grounds of Hill House, a mid c18 country house which survived in Rectory Lane until replaced by a nurses' home c. 1961.  Mr. Hill was going to build a workhouse but the Vestry cancelled it.  Used the building for a mansion and became the house of St. Benedict's Hospital.  Transferred to London County Council from Wandsworth Board of Guardians


St.Andrew's Court.  General Fairfax there.

Welham Road

Penworthy Primary School. Notable examples of the symmetrical, three decker turreted type

Furzedown Secondary, has a big Baroque centrepiece of c. 1910, with rusticated brick surround to a large window. Good additions gymnasium and science blocks by Trevor Dannatt & Partners, 1965-7-


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