Wandsworth Historical Society


Battersea : Balham : Putney : Tooting : Wandsworth Town

Old Wandsworth

Surrey Iron RailwayThe terminus of the Surrey Iron Railway, by Wandsworth Dock, c.1825
West HillThe foot of West Hill, looking towards Wandsworth High Street, c.1900
Hop PoleThe Hop Pole pub

The archaeology and history of Wandsworth

We 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. We meet at the Friends' Meeting House, Wandsworth High Street, SW18, starting at 8.00 pm.

How to find us

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
  • quarterly newsletter
  • the opportunity to take part in the Thames foreshore survey
  • visits to places of interest
  • 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.

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

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    Obtain a copy of "The Map of Georgian Wandsworth"

    Corris map


    In 1787 the significant landowner, the second Earl Spencer, commissioned the cartographer, John Corris, to draw a plan of all his holdings and rights within the parish of Wandsworth. The result is the most detailed map we have of the area in the Georgian period, with many of the parcels of land meticulously marked and all the buildings shown to a sound accuracy even in the built-up area. As part of its remit to widen people's knowledge of Wandsworth's past the WHS has published a careful reproduction of the original in the British Library, printed in full colour and measuring 41cm by 47cm.



    Copies cost just £5 post free, and are available by sending a cheque for that amount to WHS, 20 Cromer Villas Road, London SW18 1PN. Please make your cheque payable to the 'Wandsworth Historical Society' and remember to include your full address.

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    30th April 2016 - New WHS publication on Roehampton

    The Society has published 'Roehampton Village', by Dorian Gerhold. It traces the story of the village from its origins as a row of cottages on former common land in about 1600 through several major transformations to the present day. Existing buildings including the King's Head, the former Montague Arms, the terraced houses of Medfield Street and Holy Trinity church are brought into the story. The booklet has 40 pages and 45 illustrations, many of them in colour, including a fine series of maps and plans. The cost is £5, plus £1.50 postage, from Dorian Gerhold, 19 Montserrat Road, Putney, SW15 2LD.

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    Festival of Archaeology Event on the last weekend in July

    Archaeology and history drop-in at Southside Wandsworth

    Saturday 30 11am-6pm and Sunday 31 July 11am-5pm
    in the Mall, Southside Shopping Centre, Wandsworth
    Wandsworth High Street
    London SW18 4TF


    A family drop-in featuring a small exhibition of archaeology and local history in Wandsworth, especially around and underneath Southside Shopping Centre, local maps, handling and identifying Roman and later pottery and clay pipes, replica Roman armour and a legionary's kit to try on, and two Medieval characters, a man-at-arms and his lady. Local history publications will also be on sale. A WHS archaeologist and local historians will be on hand for your questions.

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    The Wandsworth Heritage Festival 2016

    The festival included an event linked with the WHS talk on 29th April 2016 about the history of The Fitzhugh Estate:

    Blueprint For Living

    A group exhibition featuring work by Sharon O'Neill, Marc Isaacs and archives from the RIBA Collections.

    This took place from 31 May - 4 June but the website is still available at www.blueprintforliving.co.uk.

    Sharon is particularly interested in contacting any former residents of the estate. She can be reached at: SHARON@BLUEPRINTFORLIVING.CO.UK

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    The Tooting Common Heritage Project

    Tooting Common


    For news on this see the council webpage.

    We hope to have an update on the next phase of this project soon.

    Some background information from March 2014 when WHS had a Friday evening talk can be found here.








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    Wandsworth Museum

    Wandsworth Museum is now part of Battersea Arts Centre. See the Wandsworth Museum link on their home page for details. The former Friends of Wandsworth Museum organisation has been wound up.

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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: 24 June 2016