Furzedown

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Furzedown
Furzedown Lodge on Tooting Graveney Common - geograph.org.uk - 2052996.jpg
Furzedown Lodge on Tooting Graveney Common
Furzedown is located in Greater London
Furzedown
Furzedown
Location within Greater London
Population15,504 (2011 Census. Ward)[1]
London borough
Ceremonial countyGreater London
Region
CountryEngland
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townLONDON
Postcode districtSW16/SW17
Dialling code020
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51°25′37″N 0°09′11″W / 51.427°N 0.153°W / 51.427; -0.153Coordinates: 51°25′37″N 0°09′11″W / 51.427°N 0.153°W / 51.427; -0.153

Furzedown is in the Tooting Constituency, part of the London Borough of Wandsworth in South West London. It is a mainly residential area bordering the larger communities of Balham, Streatham and Tooting, and the Tooting Commons, which provide a large open space and includes Tooting Bec Lido.[2]

Education[edit]

Besides containing Furzedown halls of Residence, a part of the University of the Arts London, it contains Graveney Secondary School, and Eardley, Furzedown and Penwortham Primary Schools.

History[edit]

The area formed part of the Seely estate, comprising 80 acres (32 ha) and 100 acres (40 ha). Part of the estate adjacent to Tooting Junction Railway Station became available in 1892 and was developed as the Furzedown golf course, designed by Tom Dunn. The Seely estate was sold at the beginning of the twentieth century and the golf club moved to South Lodge, Mitcham Common in 1906. [3] The roads in Furzedown were mainly laid out between 1900 and 1930, covering the former golf course after sale of the estate. Furzedown House, dating from 1794 and enlarged with conservatory and single-storey entrance lodge in the early 1860s, was saved and converted to a teacher training college by London County Council in 1915.[2]

Politics[edit]

Rosena Allin-Khan is now the MP for the area having won the by-election in June 2016 - 2016 Tooting by-election.

Sadiq Khan (who lives in Furzedown) was previously the MP for the area, from 2005-2016. He is now the Mayor of London.

From May 2016, the London Assembly member for Merton & Wandsworth is Leonie Cooper who also lives locally in Furzedown. She is also one of the three Furzedown Councillors on Wandsworth Borough Council, together with Graham Loveland and Judi Gasser, all members of the Labour Party.

Furzedown Community Network[edit]

The Furzedown Community Network (FCN), is made up of local people, who are keen to promote a sense of community and help make Furzedown a good place to live, work and play.

FCN works to improve the neighbourhood, organising the annual Furzedown Summer Festival, the highlight of which is the Big Day Out, which takes place in the Furzedown Recreation Ground, attracting a large attendance. FCN also organises a busy Winter Market in Moyser Road, plus smaller events such as quiz nights. The activities undertaken reflect the interests and energy of the group members who organise them.

Other local organisations[edit]

FACE - Furzedown Annual Charity Events [1] - organises charity fundraising events for a range of local charities.

Furzedown Low Carbon Zone - [2] The Furzedown Low Carbon Zone is a community initiative working to reduce its dependence on fossil fuel energy, while developing local understanding of issues around sustainability and the environment.

Sprout Arts - [3] a self funding community arts space, bringing art and crafts to life, in Furzedown.

Furzedown Foodbank [4] - part of Wandsworth Foodbank, The Trussell Trust

Furzedown Youth Centre (FYC) - [5] a safe place for young people in Furzedown.

Furzedown Community Theatre - see Facebook - a group of local people, of all ages, which produces an annual show, usually a pantomime, performed locally

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Wandsworth Ward population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 11 October 2016.
  2. ^ a b "Furzedown, Wandsworth". Retrieved 24 October 2014.
  3. ^ "Tooting Bec Golf Club at Furzedown and South Lodge, Mitcham Common". Retrieved 28 April 2015.

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