Another fantastic contribution by Streatham's oldest surviving business E&A Wates
Can't wait to see a picture of the trendy scrubs. Well done Roger and team!
Thank you @eawates_another generous move by Roger Wates, (on the right) of E&A Wates on Mitcham Lane, Streatham donated all this fabric for gown and scrub making for the NHS. He and his staff have been busy sourcing the foam for the PPE visors, cutting it to size and being part of a longer supply chain. An amazing local business contributing in this crisis. Thank you Roger
(South_London_Scrubbers via Heart Streatham)
On This Day 23 April 1947 Glen Cornick was born
Glenn Cornick (23 April 1947 – 28 August 2014), founder member and bass guitarist of Jethro Tull and later Wild Turkey.
After parting ways with Jethro Tull in 1970 during the rehearsals that eventually turned into Aqualung, Cornick started his own group called Wild Turkey. He’d later join the band Paris, a project spearheaded by former Fleetwood Mac guitarist Bob Welch. Cornick was also a regular at Jethro Tull fan conventions and occasionally performed with Tull tribute bands.
Glenn married Judy Wong. The reception was held at Glenn's parents' pub, The Crown & Sceptre, Streatham Hill. Guests included members of the band, Mick Fleetwood & Jenny Boyd, Peter Green and (Chicken Shack's) Andy Sylvester.
NATIONAL TEA DAY
National Tea Day takes place every year on 21st April and is the official day in the UK to celebrate our love of tea.
"You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me" (C.S. Lewis)
Whittards of Chelsea and Walter Whittard
35 Streatham Hill - Rydal Mount. Later Streatham Hill College on the site of what is today Corner Fielde (Opposite Telford Avenue Streatham)
At census date in 1881 the house was occupied by John Alfred Whittard a Leather Factor and his wife Catherine, 6 children including Walter a Tea Buyer, a visitor Thomas Underhill a Tea buyer and three servants.
At the age of 17 Walter quit the family leather business out of frustration with his father’s way of running things, and took a job with a tea trader in London’s bustling city centre. Eight years later – aged just 25 – he opened his own shop in bustling Fleet Street, with a simple philosophy: to “buy the best”.
The walls would have been lined with huge tea caddies, and filled with the scent of roasting coffee. Walter insisted on blending his tea and roasting his coffee on site; he also had a keen eye for a marketing opportunity, and targeted the nearby law courts by describing his tea as “The Barrister’s Refresher”.
Wartime shortages and a bomb that destroyed stock and blending equipment restricted operations for several years.
Walter and his two brothers who joined the business relocated to Chelsea.
(extracts from Whittards - history
On This Day 21 April 1956 Muriel Harding played her final performance as Princess Ida at the Streatham Hill Theatre in the D'Oyly Carte Yeomen of the Guard.
On This Day 20 April 2004 Dame Mary Georgina [Molly] Green died
Assistant mistress at Clapham high school from 1936 to 1938, Streatham Hill and Clapham high school from 1938 to 1940.
In 1965, she was appointed a member of the Royal Commission on Trade Unions and Employers Association. In the year, 1968, when it reported, she became a Dame.
The Committee of Inquiry into Nurses' Pay and the Doctors and Dentist Remuneration Review Body (1976-79) followed, along with membership of the Press Council in the same period. For five years she was a governor of the BBC (1968-73). But she remained, until her death, quintessentially a headmistress whose real passion was the optimum organisation of one school.
(Source Guardian Obituary 23 April 2004)
On this day 19 April 1824 Lord Byron died.
George Gordon Byron, 6th Baron Byron FRS (22 January 1788 – 19 April 1824), known simply as Lord Byron, was a British poet, peer, politician, and leading figure in the Romantic movement.
It is claimed that Lord Byron was an old boy at Streatham School/Academy which opened in 1785 in grounds facing Streatham Common on Streatham High Road and he carved his initials on an outbuilding. The School was demolished in 1925 and replaced by shops and flats.
Byron Close in Streatham is named after him.
He was also educated at Dr Glennie’s Academy in Dulwich (on the site of the Grove Tavern at the junction of Dulwich Common and Lordship Lane)
Streatham Frogman Lionel "Buster" Crabb presumed dead on this day 19 April 1956- though to be an inspiration for the James Bond character
Doodlebug garden in Wavertree Road- looks amazing.
Well done to Eleanor Clough-Delaney and local residents
Site of bomb 33 from "Streatham 41"
Mark Bery, Secretary Streatham Society