In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Streatham like this:
STREATHAM, a village, a parish, and a sub-district, in Wandsworth district, Surrey. The village stands on the West-End and Croydon railway, 6½ miles SSW of St. Pauls, London; dates from ancient times; and has a post-office‡ under London S, a r. station with telegraph, a police station, and a much-frequented mineral spring.The parish contains also Upper Tooting, Selhurst, Thornton-Heath, Streatham-Common, and Balsam hamlets,- all of which, except the first, have r. ...
stations; and it includes a detached tract, called Knights-Hill, between Lambeth and Camberwell. Acres, 2,904. Real property, £35,887. Pop. in 1851, 6,901; in 1861, 8,027. Houses, 1,246. The property is much subdivided; and there are numerous good residences. S. Park was the seat of the Thralls, and long, in their time, the domicile of Dr. Johnson. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Winchester. Value, £1,200.* Patron, the Duke of Bedford. The church was rebuilt in 1830, and its spire in 1842. A chapel of ease, built in 1868, is under care of the rector; and five other churches, in Christchurch-Road, Grove-Road, Streatham-Common, Balham, and Upper Tooting, are separate charges. There are chapels for Wesleyans and Independents, fifteen national schools, an endowed school with £20 a year, St-Ann's Society schools, and charities £190.The sub-district includes Lower Tooting, and comprises 3,465 acres. Pop., 10,082. Houses, 1,613.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Streatham, in Lambeth and Surrey | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 27th April 2017
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