The Tooting Commons consist of two adjacent areas of common land lying between Balham, Streatham and Tooting, in south west London: Tooting Bec Common and Tooting Graveney Common.
Since 1996, they have been wholly within the London Borough of Wandsworth, which has administered both commons since 1971. Between 1965 and 1995, the eastern part of Tooting Bec Common was within the adjacent London Borough of Lambeth. Wandsworth's Parks Department erroneously described the two historically separate spaces as Tooting Common for many years, but recent signage uses the plural title.
Tooting Bec Common includes Tooting Bec Lido and Tooting Graveney Common includes Tooting Bec Stadium.
Tooting Bec Common and Tooting Graveney Common are the remains of common land that once stretched as far as Mitcham.
Tooting Bec Common — the northern and eastern part of the commons — was within the historic parish of Streatham, and takes its name from the area's links to Bec Abbey at Le Bec-Hellouin in Normandy. At various points in history this common has been called Streatham Common, which causes some confusion with the open space a mile to the east of that name. The common is not immediately adjacent to the area now generally known as Tooting Bec.
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Tooting Common Reviews
I have been visiting the common for years, not that I live near there, but my family do. It’s a great green space covering a large area. There are tarmac paths and soft trails to chose from. Great... more »
Tooting Common is a very special place. Acres of grass, woodland and lakes, with a range of sporting facilities as well There is a delightful Italian cafe as well. The whole area is lovely for a... more »
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