- present participle of toot
Tooting is a suburb in the
London Borough of Wandsworth
in south London
. It is south
south-west of Charing
Tooting has been settled since pre-Saxon
and its name means "the dwelling of the sons of Totas". The
built Stane Street
(Londinium) to Chichester
(Regnum), which passed through Tooting. Tooting High Street is
built on this road. In 666 AD, Tooting and Streatham
Toting-cum-Stretham) was given to the Abbey of
. Then in 900 AD, Suene (Sweyn), believed to be a
given the land by Edward
. It was later passed on to again: in 933 AD, King
gave lands including Totinge (Tooting) to the family
of Chertsey Minster.
Tooting appears in Domesday
of 1086 as Totinges. It was held by Haimo the Sheriff (of
. Its domesday assets were: 1 church, 2½ plough
s, 5 acres of meadow
. It rendered £4. Tooting Bec
appears as a distinct area. It was held partly by St Mary de
Bec-Hellouin Abbey and partly by Westminster Abbey. Its domesday
assets were: 5 hide
s. It had
s, 13 acres. It
As with many of South London's urban suburbs,
Tooting developed largely during the late Victorian years. Some
development occurred in the Edwardian years but another large spurt
happened during the 1920's and 30's.
The BBC comedy
was set in Tooting and popularised the cry "Freedom for
Tooting!". Star of the series Wolfie Smith (played by Robert
) was a beret-hatted Communist
"leftie" type, founder of fictional revolutionary political
organisation, the Tooting Popular Front.
In 2005, a 28-km diameter crater on Mars was
named after Tooting. A geologic map of Tooting Crater is under
preparation, and will be published by the U.S.
in the United States.
British TV police drama 'The Bill
frequently filmed in and around Tooting.
Scottish singer-songwriter Sandi Thom
found fame after she webcast
21 performances from her
basement flat in Tooting between February and March 2006. Her track
'I Wish I Was A Punk Rocker (With Flowers In My Hair)' reached No1
in the UK
on 2 June 2006.
Tooting Bec appears in the book The
Meaning of Liff
, defined as the situation in which a driver
sounds his or her horn at a car
in front, only to discover that
the car in front is parked.
In the third series of the popular British comedy
sketch show Little
it is uncovered that Dudley Punt's new found Thai bride
Ting Tong Macadangdang is really from Tooting and not where she
originally said she was from, a tiny village called Pong Pong,
"Ting tong not from Pong Pong, Ting Tong from Tooting.".
The Member of Parliament for Tooting is Sadiq Khan
first elected at the
2005 General Election
to represent the
parliamentary constituency of Tooting
Councillors for Tooting Ward (May 2006) are Susan
John-Richards (Conservative), Alex Jacob (Conservative) and Dr Nick
A large open area, popularly known as Tooting
lies at the northern end of Tooting. Historically this
was two separate open spaces Tooting Graveney Common nearer to
Tooting, and Tooting Bec Common towards Streatham. The latter
common includes Tooting
, which is 90 metres long and 30 metres wide making it
undoubtedly the largest freshwater open air pool in the UK, and
reputedly the largest freshwater open air pool in Europe.
Tooting shares a football club with nearby
Tooting & Mitcham United F.C.
Snooker legend Jimmy White
comes from Tooting and sometimes plays snooker in the Mayfair
who plays football for Tottenham
comes from Tooting.
One of London's few greyhound racing tracks, the
, is found in Tooting.
Former British and European Light Middleweight
boxing champion Wayne Alexander was born in Tooting.
Tooting is positioned on the Northern
— with stations at the top and the bottom of the
hill that slopes down the High Street, Tooting
Nearest tube stations
(North to South on Northern Line)
The Tooting Markets are open Monday to Saturday
with a wide range of small independent marketplace sellers. You can
find green-lipped New Zealand mussels
at the fishmonger
right next door to a lace and fabric stall. The markets
also contain a pet shop,
CD store, women's shoe stall, tattoo parlour, bakery, coffee shop,
nail salon and much more. The markets are closed on Sunday.
Tooting Broadway is a centre of the Muslim
Pakistani community of south London. There are many Indian and
Pakistani clothes shops, sweet shops and Restaurants. There are
also many Somalis, Tamils, Poles and Jamaicans in the area.
Tooting also plays host to a range of chain
stores including; Snappy Snaps, New Look, Budgens, Peacocks,
tooting in French: Tooting
tooting in Hindi: टूटिंग
tooting in Dutch: Tooting