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 £10 a year for adults (with concessions) 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


    The Tooting Common Heritage Project - Update January 2014

    Tooting Common

    The Heritage Lottery funded project to carry out an archaeological and historical survey of Tooting Common is now performing a public consultation exercise.

    Details here on the council website.

    Click here for a poster is you wish to advertise this.

    If you would like to get involved with this exciting project, please contact Andrew Harby on

    Some background to the project can be found here


    35th West London Local History Conference, 28 March 2015


    University of West London, Boston Manor Road, Brentford

    Once again the Wandsworth Historical Society is a major participant in this popular local history conference. This year it moves to a new venue which boasts a handsome lecture theatre, free parking, and other appealing facilities. The site is a short distance from Brentford Station (SW Trains) and Boston Manor Station (Piccadilly Line). Click here to check out the impressive programme of excellent speakers.

    Tickets cost £15.00. For further details or to book a place, just drop an email to Neil Robson at ngrobson@tiscali.co.uk.


    In 2013 the Wandsworth Historical Society celebrated 60 years as the leading voice of local history and archaeology in the borough. Our first talk was held on 8 December 1953 when the topic was 'Old Wandsworth and Putney'.

    Click here for The Society's Achievements over those 60 years.

    Photos from our 60th anniversary celebration at Wandsworth Museum.


    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:

  • Archives catalogue
  • Photostream
  • A reminder of a more sombre anniversary

    War GravesAustralian war graves in Wandsworth Cemetery on Magdalen Road.

    Last Update: 20 January 2015