(Source Norman Barfield)
On This Day 6 August 1922 aviation entrepreneur Sir Freddie Laker was born. Initially operating Aviation Traders (Engineering) Ltd (ATEL) out of a small garage in Streatham
(Source Norman Barfield)
On This Day 6 August 1844 the tunnelling engineer James Henry Greathead was born
James Greathead of 'Ravenscraig' Leigham Court Road designed the Greathead Shield which revolutionised the building of underground railways.
A civil engineer renowned for his work on the London Underground railway. He is also the reason that the London Underground is colloquially named "the tube"
His death taking place at Streatham on 21st October 1896, at the age of fifty-two.
Happy Birthday Christopher Thomas James Chessun. Born On This Day 5 August 1956
He has been Anglican Bishop of Southwark since 2011
The official residence of the Bishop is "Bishop's House" on the edge of Tooting Bec Common, Streatham.
Blyth News On This Day 05 August 1930
Leslie Henson in "A Warm Corner" at the Streatham Hill Theatre
Image © Johnston Press plc. Image created courtesy of THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD.
The large building in the centre, is Streatham Hill Theatre with the Gaumont palace cinema and Locarno Dance Hall a few blocks away on the left.
The event was a treat for the school children of St Leonard's School and the event was held at "Streatham Park" courtesy of the owner George Phillips. This was the site of the former home of Henry and Hester Thrale where Dr Samuel Johnson was a frequent visitor and where he had an appartment between 1766-1782
Mr Phillips allowed the Park to be used each year for the feast, which although originally held as a treat for the school children soon involved the whole village with many visitors from neighboroughing areas also attending
In 1870 over 2,000 took part and the Parish magazine records that "preparations on a vast scale had to be made for their entertainment. In a clear space amongst the umbrageous trees, marked out by with flags and enclosed with ropes, tables were spread for tea....whilst a short distance, deeper in the copse. a kitchen had been extemporised for the manufacture of the tea."
(Source: Tony Pizzoferro and John Brown: St Leonard's Church of England Primary School, A Proud Heritage 1813-2013
The book is available to purchase https://www.streathamsociety.org.uk/places.html )
Article in the Illustrated London News 03 August 1901. The Rector of Streatham, Canon Nicholls remembers his classmate at Eton William Gladstone
Image © Illustrated London News Group
On This Day 3 August 1944 a V1 bomb fell on Pendle Road causing the most fatalities from the "doodlebug" bombs that fell on Streatham.
12 fatalities at 3am 3 August 1944. The bomb fell at the rear of the houses on to the shelters where most were killed. In total 988 injuries and 86 deaths.
The picture shows a mobile canteen serving WVS and Naval personnel
Streatham's 41-Available to buy from the Society https://www.streathamsociety.org.uk/publications.html
John W Brown's fascinating talk on the doodlebugs that fell on Streatham is on our YouTube channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCbt-aAeER6yPQa1cI-MDZrg
On This Day 2 August 1881 Ethel Dell was born. A resident of 4 Polworth Road
Ethel Mary Dell (Savage) 1881–1939), novelist, was born on 2 August 1881 at 61 Hayter Road, Brixton. Her father had followed his father into the Equitable Life Assurance Company, and the family were comfortable but not affluent. The children were initially educated at home by their mother; in 1890 the family moved to Polworth Road and in 1893 Ethel and her sister Ella were sent to Streatham College for Girls, where they remained until 1898.
Ethel M. Dell originally began to write stories at school to amuse her friends, and her father had some privately printed.
Her first and best known, The Way of an Eagle, went through many refusals and redraftings before being accepted by T. Fisher Unwin for his First Novel Library in 1912. It became an immediate best-seller, and she subsequently published thirty-two more novels, eight volumes of short stories, and a book of poems, her last novel being published in the year of her death. In 1921 she met Lieutenant-Colonel Gerald Tahourdin Savage (b. 1883) of the Royal Army Service Corps, whom she married on 7 June 1922. They had no children, and she is said to have disliked them, much preferring her dogs.
(Harriet Harvey Wood)