Streatham History


Originally a part of Surrey, the origins of Streatham can be traced back to the Roman period, when a road was built between London and the south coast.

Streatham is an Anglo-Saxon name and means the ‘settlement by the road.’ Over time, this area became the foundation of the parish of Streatham. This community was centred around the parish church of St. Leonard, which by the Middle Ages included the villages of Balham and Tooting Bec.

Throughout the 19th century, Streatham’s local countryside developed, and it transformed from a rural Surrey parish to a thriving suburb of London.