A Du Cane Wedding in 1973

Fran  Jones  (Wilson) as shared a lovely photograph of her parents wedding in Du Cane Court gardens. She says “It is of my parents. I was there as a baby also.”
Wedding of Steve Wilson and Linda Green in 1973
Wedding of Steve Wilson and Linda Green in 1973
The bride Linda is very pleased someone somewhere might smile at her Du Cane  wedding day. Her frock was literally scarves tied on to other scarves …
For more information contact  Fran Wilson [email protected]
She says there are a few more pics, ( not any albums or anything- just 3 or 4 snaps) I guess they weren’t feeling the conventions of  a traditional wedding!

Don’t live in Beautiful Art Deco Du Cane Court but want to see inside?

The wonders of technology and social media mean many of the residents of Du Cane Court have shared pictures of the inside of this stunning 1930’s building on Balham High Road in South London.

From the wonders of the balustrades to the original art deco features.



Even the utilitarian stairwells have some lovely touches and flourishes.


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And why do so many people want to live here? Well, the views and sunsets are unrivalled in south London.

This ladies, gentlemen and those not defined by gender is why so many people want to live in this amazing art deco block of flats in south London.




A History Of Du Cane Court

It has featured in property programmes on television; and has benefited from a wide compass of residents and visitors, who, in the fullness of time, have spread the news about what it is like to live there.
The building was erected between 1935 and 1938, and has pleasing curves and metal window-frames, similar to those designed by Walter Crittall to replace the wooden sash variety, – although the old frames are now being slowly replaced. The design also included a stylish restaurant, a bar, and a club with extensive facilities. Originally, there were also plans for squash courts and a children’s crèche area, as well as roof gardens. Indeed, people remember sunbathing on the roof. The building has changed a lot over the years, but it still has a beautiful foyer and attractive Japanese gardens, landscaped by Seyemon Kusumoto; and, at the time of its completion, it had the distinction of being probably the largest block of privately-owned flats under one roof in Europe. All of the companies involved in its construction were researched for the book, and an account is given as to how this edifice – encompassing around 676 flats – reflected a period of architectural history.
Read more at Time & Leisure

Big in Balham

Inside Du Cane Court, an art deco gem in London’s Balham and the property manager who keeps the iconic 1930’s block running smoothly in the modern world.
Read the full article at Flat Living

Du Cane Court on Wikipedia

According to Wikipedia Du Cane Court was a popular place to live for many music hall stars in the 1930s and 1940s and boasted a social club, on the top floor, before the area was converted into flats. Past residents have included the comedian Tommy Trinder. Currently comedian and writer Arthur Smith, the self-styled ‘Bard of Balham’, is a resident.
Read more at wikipedia

Arthur Smith on Balham – Time Out

Comedian, star of TV’s Grumpy Old Men and Balham’s most famous resident, Arthur Smith has graced SW12 with his presence for over 20 years. In July 2008, he recorded a series of comedy and music shows, ‘Arthur Smith’s Balham Bash’, from his flat for BBC Radio 4
Read more at Time Out

29. Water hygiene

Water Hygiene
The water hygiene at DCC is of a good standard and we are keen to keep it that way, as
part of our water management as we are on an open system it is important that residents also understand the importance of carrying out simple water hygiene maintenance within their properties. Please see the steps below that you need to follow,
o Make Sure that all your taps and showers are used at least weekly. If any tap or shower is not used for a week or more (for instances when you are on holiday) then please run these gently for 3 or 4 minutes when you return. Also remember to clean your shower heads.
o Heated towel rails should be left permanently on with the valve fully open at all times, including the Summer. Although this may not be convenient on hot days, leaving the valve open means that hot water flows through the towel rail and prevents any growth of bacteria.
oThermostatic Mixing Valves (TMVs) typically found in modern shower
appliances should be serviced at least annually,
Finally we hope that you will enjoy living at Du Cane Court and please remember that all these arrangements have been made for the benefit of all residents and your cooperation is vital.
Download the full Du Cane Court Guide for owners and tenants October 2015

28. Additional information (council tax, water rates, electricity supply, etc)

Residents are responsible for paying Council Tax, Electricity (for your own use within your flat) & Water Rates. These are not service charge items.
Council Tax-Contact Wandsworth Council directly who will assist you with regards to payments for your council tax.
Tel: O208871 6000 Wandsworth Council The Town Hall Wandsworth High Street London
Electricity Supplier – you are able to choose your own electricity Supplier to provide you with electricity within your own flat. Should you require a meter reading and your meter is not located within your property please speak to reception desk staff who will be able to assist you.
Water Rates – Savings can be achieved on water rates by contacting Thames Water and tell them you want to be transferred to the Assessed Household Charge Tariff.
This is the tariff for people living in properties where they cannot install a meter; it is not possible for individual meters to be installed at Du cane Court.
They will probably send an inspector to see you and he will confirm that a meter cannot be installed. Thames water will then transfer you to the Assessed Household Charge tariff. You may also be able to get a further reduced rate if you are single occupier’.
Contact details for Thames Water www.thameswater.co.uk/contactus.
By phone 08459200 800, weekdays 8am to 8pm and Saturday 8am to 1pm (Minicom: O84572.00899)
By post: Assessed Household Charge, Thames Water, PO Box 436, Swindon SN38 1TU
Download the full Du Cane Court Guide for owners and tenants October 2015