Plan for the enlargement by the LCC Parks Department of the Top Pond on Streatham Common as an emergency wartime water supply.
Dated On This Day 31st January 1940. From Drainage Records
On This Day 30 January 1929 is the announcement of the marriage of Winnifred Alton to William Douglas Drysdale in the Tatler.
Winnifred was the daughter of Commander St George Alton RN and his wife Mary who in 1911 were recorded living at 148 Valley Road
George Shea died On This Day 30 January 1944
In 1886, George Shea married Kate Carney (born Catherine Mary Pattinson), a popular English singer and comedienne who played the music halls in London. They lived at Boylands Oak, Brixton Hill, Streatham
George Shea changed his name to George Barclay and became a successful music hall and variety agent, as well as a theatre manager.
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Pamela Wynne a pseudonym of Winifred Mary Scott, née Watson died On This Day 29 January 1959 in Sissinghurst.
She was born in Clapham and the family lived at "Eversley", Kings Ave and 179 New Park Rd
She was married to William Herbert Schroder Scott in Bombay, India
A British writer of over 60 romantic novels including "Warning"
In "Novel notes" in The Sketch in 1923 the review mentions the main character Joan from Streatham.
"Take heed don't wed men of a dusky breed"
"Joan a Streatham girl ....formed a matrimonial plan with Indian-born Mohammed Khan"
Image © Illustrated London News Group. Image created courtesy of THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD.
On This Day 29th January 1932 Raman Subba Row was born in Pendennis Road, Streatham to an Indian father Panguluri Venkata Subba Rao, of Bapatla, Andhra Pradesh and English mother
Subba Row was educated at Whitgift School and Cambridge University. He was a left-handed batsman and occasional leg-spin and googly bowler. Subba Row was a member of the powerful Cambridge side of the early 1950s and played a few games for Surrey before joining Northamptonshire. Taking over as captain in 1958, he led the side for four seasons and achieved considerable success as a batsman, scoring the county's highest ever innings, 260 not out, in 1955 and then bettering it with 300 against Surrey, the County Champions, at the Oval in 1958, when he shared a record sixth wicket stand of 376 with Albert Lightfoot.
Subba Row played in thirteen Test matches for England, opening the batting regularly from 1959 to 1961. He scored centuries in his first Test against the Australians in 1961, and in his last match against them at the Oval.
He was one of the Wisden Cricketers of the Year in 1961.
At the end of the 1961 season, he retired rather abruptly and prematurely from first-class cricket to go into the public relations business.
In later years, he was Chairman of Surrey (1974–78) and an influential figure at Lord's. He also served as Chairman of the TCCB, and as an ICC match referee.
There is a conference room named after him in Whitgift School.
On This Day 28 January 1875 Donald McGill was born. He lived in flat 7 at 36 Christchurch Road and is buried at Streatham Park cemetery
Donald Fraser Gould McGill (28 January 1875 – 13 October 1962) was an English graphic artist whose name has become synonymous with the genre of saucy seaside postcards that were sold mostly in small shops in British coastal towns.
The cards feature an array of attractive young women, fat old ladies, drunken middle aged men, honeymoon couples, and vicars. He has been called 'the king of the saucy postcard', and his work is collected and appreciated for his artistic skill, its power of social observation and earthy sense of humour. Even at the height of his fame he only earned three guineas a design, but today his original artwork can fetch thousands of pounds.
The Streatham Society booklet: Donald McGill's Comic Postcards and the Streatham Connection by Judy Harris is available from our web site https://www.streathamsociety.org.uk/people.html
Frank Sims died On This Day 28 January 1919
Lance Corporal Frank Herbert Sims RAMC died Aged 34
Son of Albert John and Rosa Sims, of Streatham, London; husband of Frances Sims, of Strathyre Avenue, Norbury
Thanks Josie Holford granddaughter of Frank Sims.
Field Marshal Francis Wallace Grenfell GCMG died On This Day 27th January 1925. He was born in Lambeth and baptised at St Leonard's Church in July 1841. The address given in the baptismal record is Seaforth House Liverpool
The son of Pascal St Leger Grenfell and Catherine Anne Grenfell (née Du Pre). Francis Wallace Grenfell was educated at Milton Abbas School in Dorset but decided to leave school early.
Grenfell Road, which runs through North Kensigton was named for Grenfell; the road later lent its name to Grenfell Tower.
NPG Ax5474 © National Portrait Gallery, London.
Sir John Watney was born On This Day 27 January 1834 in Balham, in the parish of Streatham and christened at St Leonard's Church on 27th February 1834.
He was the eldest son of John Watney and Susannah Dormay and educated at Harrow School. He was knighted on 30 June 1900 at Windsor Castle
His Uncle was James Watney, the brewer and Master of the Mercers' Company
He was appointed as Lieutenant for the City of London, and served for over thirty years as Clerk to the Mercers' Company and to the Gresham Committee a position from which he retired on 1 February 1907.
Mark Bery, Secretary Streatham Society