On This Day 7 December 1826 John Flaxman died
John Flaxman R.A. (6 July 1755 – 7 December 1826) was a British sculptor and draughtsman, and a leading figure in British and European Neoclassicism. Early in his career he worked as a modeller for Josiah Wedgwood's pottery. He spent several years in Rome, where he produced his first book illustrations. He was a prolific maker of funerary monuments.
He was commissioned to carve Sophia's monument which is on a wall in St Leonard's Church, Streatham.
Sophia was the seventh child of Henry and Hester Thrale of "Streatham Park"
#ThrowbackThursday takes us back to 1972 and picture of Sharman's clothing store at 180-182 Streatham High Road, The store was built in the mid-1930s and is now W.H.Smiths. (Graham Gower Collection Lambeth Archives)
The Streatham Brotherhood Choir - Norwood News 7 December 1934
The choir sang Christmas carols in the streets of Streatham in order to collect money to provide needy people with parcels of Christmas Fare
(Thanks Angie Boon)
Peter Harold Dimmock, CVO, CBE was born On This Day 6 December 1920 at 29 Leigham Hall, High Road Streatham.
The son of Paula (nee Hudd) and Frederick, a radio manufacturer who later headed the BBC’s equipment department
He attended Dulwich College and married BBC What's My Line panellist and Today presenter Polly Ewes.
A British sports broadcaster and senior television executive during the formative years of the medium in the 1950s. He was the first host of the BBC's long-running Grandstand and of the BBC Sports Personality of the Year awards.
He directed the BBC coverage of Queen Elizabeth's Coronation in 1953
NPG x13350 © National Portrait Gallery, London
On This Day 6th December 2012 Huw Lloyd Langton of Hawkwind died.
Former teacher at Dunraven and lived (unconfirmed) in Mount Ephraim Road
On This day 5th December 1952 the Great Smog started and lasted 5 days
Image of a bus conductor helping a 109 bus navigate through the smog
The West Streatham Choral Society and Streatham Orchestra during a dress rehearsal at Streatham Baths Hall On This Day 5th December 1949.
The central figure is the R.F.Ranson the conductor. The Baths were opened in 1927 and the swimming pool was converted in winter into a dance hall, complete with platform, sprung dance-floor and special lighting effects.
HARRIET SYDNEY MONTAGU (NÉE DOBBS), DUCHESS OF MANCHESTER(1834-1907) WAS BORN ON THIS DAY 4TH DECEMBER 1834
Former wife of 6th Duke of Manchester, and later wife of Sir Stevenson Arthur Blackwood; daughter of Conway Richard Dobbs
Her second husband Sir Stevenson Arthur Blackwood was Secretary to the Post Office from 1880 to 1893 and nicknamed ‘Beauty’ because of his good looks
They lived at Wood Lodge overlooking Tooting Bec Common.
© National Portrait Gallery, London)
William George Robert Sprague was a theatre architect who died On This Day 4th December 1933. He left an estate of £397 to his wife Isabel who he married in Brixton in 1890
An articled clerk for Frank Matcham and then Walter Emden.
He was the architect with W H Barton for the Streatham Hill Theatre built in 1929; it was the last theatre designed by Sprague, but possibly his largest and one of the best-equipped in London, outside of the West End. Became a bingo hall in 1962. It is Grade 2 listed. and the Bingo closed in 2017 and bought by the Ruach Church in 2022
Mark Bery, Secretary Streatham Society