The Common Story is an historical research project which ran between 2014-2019 with the aim to explore the rich history of Tooting Common and to communicate the findings to a wider audience.

The Common Story: A History of Tooting Common is the outcome of this research project to highlight the people and events that have shaped Tooting Common over the centuries - with contributions from local community groups, residents, archivists, council staff and professional historians.

Wandsworth Council commissioned Dr Katy Layton-Jones, a cultural historian and historical consultant, both to undertake research and oversee the research undertaken by local volunteers. The project combined both archival and on-site research, and in the process, offered opportunities for research training and volunteering and a chance to contribute directly to the interpretation of Tooting Common.

The book is available to download for free and hardcopies can be requested for £10 from the Tooting History Group, the project’s main partner.

The Tooting Common Heritage Project completed on the 31 December 2019. Thank you to everyone involved in the success of the project.

Initiated by Wandsworth Council, managed by Enable Leisure and Culture in partnership with the South London Swimming Club, The Woodfield Project, idverde, Tooting History Group and the Wandsworth Historical Society. Funded by The National Lottery Heritage Fund and Wandsworth Council.