1987 Photographic Survey Digitisation

In 1987 the Wandsworth Borough Council Leisure and Amenity Services Department commissioned their landscape section to produce a management plan for Tooting Common. The purpose was to examine all the problems, conflicts and potentials within the Common and propose a 10-year management and development plan. The outcome was a written report and a series of appendices containing supporting information and illustrative material, including the ground-based photographic survey of Tooting Common contained within this document. The survey carried out produced an accurate and comprehensive record of the Common as it existed in 1987.


In its original form the survey was contained within two bound photographic albums which were kept for many years in the Parks Office in Battersea Park only accessible to staff. This unique record is now publicly available for future study and reference in the form of digital interactive documents.

Album 1:

Album 2:

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.