Wandsworth Historical Society


Battersea : Balham : Putney : Tooting : Wandsworth Town

Old Battersea

St John's Hill and Clapham Junction, Battersea c.1905
The fountain, Battersea Park c.1906

The archaeology and history of Wandsworth

ALL TALKS HAVE BEEN CANCELLED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

Please keep looking at the Website regularly to see when talks will resume.

We normally meet regularly on the last Friday of the month (but not in August or December) for an illustrated talk on either the history or archaeology of London. The talks are at The Friends' Meeting House, 59 Wandsworth High Street, London, SW18 2PT, starting at 8.00 pm. Google maps link.

For full details of our forthcoming talks, please click here.

Membership of the Society costs just £12 a year for adults and £3 a year for students. In addition to the programme of talks, benefits of membership are:

  • 2 editions of our journal, the The Wandsworth Historian, every year
  • a regular newsletter
  • the opportunity to take part in the Thames foreshore survey.

  • The borough of Wandsworth covers 5 town centres:

    Balham Battersea Putney Tooting Wandsworth Town

    It also includes Earlsfield, Roehampton and Southfields.

    As a small voluntary organisation, we are unable to undertake any research for you.

    However some examples of WHS Research are available on line.

    For any inquiries about the work of the society, please contact the Secretary at: info@wandsworthhistory.org.uk

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    Beating the lockdown: research without record offices

    A list of online links to original records, so that you can continue to research local or family history relating to the Wandsworth area without having to visit a record office or library.

    Online links compiled by Dorian Gerhold

    Now available as an on-line transfer

    In these weeks of lockdown, don't forget this wonderful resource!

    Wandsworth Historian Digital Archive 1971 - 2015

    A Hundred Issues at your Fingertips

    An outstanding reference point for anyone interested in the history of the Wandsworth area, readily accessible in an easily searchable format.

    For just £5 you can buy a copy of the whole archive which will be transferred straightaway to you electronically. Click [here] for more details.


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    26th January 2018 - WHS publication on Thomas Cromwell

    The Society has published 'Thomas Cromwell and his Family in Putney and Wandsworth', by Dorian Gerhold. By going back to original sources Dorian has uncovered new information and shown that certain things long taken as facts were actually the creation of a victorian historian. The cost is £5, plus £1 postage, from Dorian Gerhold, 19 Montserrat Road, Putney, SW15 2LD.

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    The Tooting Common Heritage Project

    Tooting Common

    For information on this see the Tooting Common Heritage Project webpage.

    The project has now been completed and a book produced containing the historical research. There were a limited number of printed copies but it is also available online as a pdf via this link.
    The Common Story - A History of Tooting Common.

    Some background information from March 2014 when WHS had a Friday evening talk can be found here. Now updated to the past tense.

    The photos show the fountain and its dedication plaque which were restored as part of the project.


    Tooting Common

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    Wandsworth Museum

    What was Wandsworth Museum is now part of Battersea Arts Centre. and has been rebranded as "Moving Museum". See the link of that name on their home page banner for details.

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    Wandsworth Heritage Service

    The Wandsworth Heritage Service can be contacted at:
    Battersea Library,
    265 Lavender Hill,
    SW11 1JB.
    Tel 020 7223 2334
    Email heritage@gll.org

    Opening hours:
    9am-5pm, Monday, Friday and Saturday
    9am-8pm Tuesday and Wednesday
    Closed Thursday and Sunday

    The Heritage Service has its Archives Catalogue and a selection of historic photos available online via these links:

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    Last site update: 14 April 2020