#OTD 21 May 1951 a week long production of Dracula started at the Streatham Hill Theatre starring Bela Lugosi as Count Dracula
Edith Mary Copley (1892-1993) died On This Day 21st May 1993
She was a servant with her sister Elizabeth Rose Copley at the "Burnage", Streatham Common.
The "Burnage" was occupied by the Cave-Brown-Cave family. Edith was a VAD Red Cross Auxillary Nurse and Cook during WW1.
The Copley family lived at 41 Wellfield Road in Streatham.
This appeared in the Graphic 20 May 1916 (Roll of honour Britsh Soldiers who have fallen)
George Elliott Lowes Bowlby, born in Meerut, India. Educated Colet Court and St Pauls School. After School worked at Lloyds and then Cox and Co. The son of the Reverend A Bowlby of St James' Streatham.
8th Batallion Lincolnshire Regiment killed by a German Sniper whilst crawling along a spate to inspect a part which had been blown in
The colonel of the 9th Batallion wrote:
"I had the pleasure of serving with your son in the 8th Batallion and again in this and manfully appreciate what loss to you will mean
The Chaplain wrote:
Your son was always tremendously keen in his work and we all considered him one of the most zealous officers
On This Day 20th May 1942 Garden Fete of the Streatham Depot, Central Hospital Supplies Services, at 45 Leigham Court Road, Streatham.
Canon Salmon, Rector of Streatham, seated at the rear table with the roses.
(Collection:Streatham Antiquarian Society
On This Day 19th May 2015 a celebration to the founder of the Furzedown Project took place
Dr Norman Levinson and his wife Margery lived at 42 Woodfield Avenue.
Norman Levinson moved to London and took up a partnership in Streatham, where he remained for more than 40 years. He was an associate specialist in ear, nose, and throat (BMJ Obituary December 2008)
Dr Levinson was the Senior partner at the Greyswood Surgery in the Furzedown area of Streatham
On Tuesday 19th May 2015, 120 members and guests crammed in to the Furzedown Project to attend a celebration of our 40th Year.
The Project was formally constituted in 1975 by Dr Norman Levinson, his widow Margery Levinson and son Andrew, both came along to help us mark the anniversary. Other special guests included the famous actor Sylvia Syms OBE and the Mayor of Wandsworth Cllr Nicola Nardelli.
The Mayor and Sylvia Syms handed over the keys to our wonderful new minibus and ceremoniously cut the birthday cake proclaiming the Furzedown Project to be 40 Years Young. (Furzedown Project)
Christopher Chittell was born on May 19, 1948 in Aldershot, Hampshire. An actor, known for Emmerdale (1972), The Avengers (1961) and To Sir, with Love(1967). He has been married to Lesley Dunlop since June 18, 2016. He was previously married to Caroline Hunt. (IMDb)
He lived in Glenister Park Rd Streatham Vale and went to Hillcroft School
Our #ThrowbackThursday for this week takes us back to 1926 and the building of the Northern Line Extension
Our #ThrowbackThursday for this week takes us back to 1926 and the building of the Northern Line Extension to Morden through Clapham, Balham and Tooting using the "Greathead shield" named after Streatham resident James Greathead
View showing two types of excavator shields used during tunnelling. This was the first tube railway upon which such shields were used on an extensive scale. James Henry Greathead, the inventor of the Greathead tunnelling shield lived in Leigham Court Road, Streatham and is buried in Norwood Cemetery. From 'Opening of the Morden Extension'.
On This Day 19 May 1926 David Jacobs was born at 24 Telford Ave Streatham
The youngest of three sons of David Jacobs, a prosperous Covent Garden fruit wholesaler, and his wife, Jeanette Victoria, néeGoldsmid. His grandfather was known as 'the king of Caledonian market' and his grandmother 'the banana queen of Covent Garden'
The fruit trade ran in the family, an exception being his great-aunt, Lena Verdi, a music-hall artiste. As a child Jacobs became interested in show-business and his impressions entertained audiences at the Rex Cinema, Haslemere.
The Jacobs family had a spacious house with a chauffeur and maid, and a governess who instilled in the young Jacobs the virtues of politeness and speaking properly
In 1944 Jacobs was called up for service in the Royal Navy, but following seamanship and radar courses, his navy service was entirely land-based.
Jacobs's television career included Little Women (1950), playing Laurie, Hi There! (1951), as Benny Hill's feed, Wednesday Magazine(1959), Come Dancing (from 1956), the Eurovision Song Contest(1957–66), What's My Line? (1974), and Where Are They Now?(1979). On ITV he was chairman on Make Up Your Mind (Granada, 1956) followed by Tell the Truth (ATV, 1957). But his public profile soared when, thanks to his new agent, Bunny Lewis, he became chairman of Juke Box Jury on BBC television (1959–67).
(Source Philip Mellor)
On This Day 18 May 1877 John Dunt died
John Ebeneezer Dunt lived at 8/9 the Paragon, Streatham Hill. He was a partner in Hancock, Rixon and Dunt of I Cockspur Street. They were glass and Chandelier manufacturers
The Chandelier at Apsley House is an example of one of their chandeliers. (Apsley House, the former home of The Duke of Wellington at Hyde Park Corner)
On This Day 18 May 1928 this appeared in the Norwood News.
"Fine Fellow and Good Pilot" Gerald Underdown of Mitcham Lane Streatham was killed in an air crash at Old Sarum Aerodrome
The service was conducted at St Leonard's Church where Gerald was a choir boy. The interment was at Streatham Park Cemetery
Gerald was the cousin of Phyllis Trace (Woodbourne Ave) who married Sir Ronald Wates of Wates the builders, connected to E&A Wates of Mitcham Lane Streatham
Images © Trinity Mirror. Image created courtesy of THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD. Photo Borup Streatham
Mark Bery, Secretary Streatham Society