South London Memories


Hitting right reggae notes

It’s now a bakery in a Tooting shopping street, surrounded by coffee outlets and gift shops. But building in Mitcham Road was once the recording studio of a litany of some of Britain’s biggest pop bands – and international reggae stars. Historian GEOFF SIMMONS tells the story of how it was created and some of the legends that surround it.


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10 years ago
A decade after unwittingly saving an acclaimed artist’s drawings and letters from a skip, a charity founder used his honeymoon to donate them to a Scottish museum.


Tribute to legendary Tooting recording studio with star guests remembering its vital role

Mixed Blessing West Indian Bakery will today host a celebration of the recording studio there, which once hosted legends of reggae.


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10 years ago
Comedian Arthur Smith was to join a sponsored walk celebrating World Mental Health Day. The Balham-based broadcaster was due to take part in CoolTan Arts’ BIG Largactyl Shuffle from the Maudsley Hospital in Denmark Hill to the Tate Modern at Bankside tomorrow.


Making a splash in Tooting

Tooting Bec Lido, which gets a new pump house this year, has been a mecca for overheated or over-brave swimmers for 106 years. Here TOBY PORTER outlines its extraordinary history.


Nervous boys said they saw the spectre…Part two

Last week saw Dr Lamson poison the boy and flee to France. But he returned soon after to face the music. Here is part two – The Aftermath


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10 years ago
Behind closed doors, in a secret location, artists are working on a huge installation that will be unveiled tomorrow.


Disabled boy suffered horrible death by poison, then haunts his school

A young boy is poisoned in school by a wicked doctor. The alleged subsequent haunting by the child forces the school to close.


Plaque marks the spot of classic film

Just across the road from the new Nine Elms Tube station is a new Rainbow Plaque to mark a crucial location in a movie which changed perceptions in Thatcher’s Britain – and made a star of one of its leads. My Beautiful Laundrette was one of the first movies made by the infant Film Four productions, part of Channel 4.


Accolades galore, knighthood, but ever so private…

Actor Sir Daniel Day-Lewis, hailed as one of his generation’s finest actors, made his breakthrough in My Beautiful Laundrette. He is the only artist to win three Best Actor Academy Awards


Was a woman killed by the ‘wandering lunatic’?

No one was ever convicted of the murder on a Wandsworth train of Elizabeth Camp. Was she bludgeoned by a crazed sports journalist who had lived in Walworth and been spurned by a similar-looking woman? JAN BONDESON sifts through the evidence.


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10 years ago
Herne Hill Harriers teenager Katie Snowden won a gold medal in the women’s 800m at the Commonwealth Youth Games.

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