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 February 2014

    Tooting Common

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

    Katy Layton-Jones, an academic from Leicester University with a special interest in urban open spaces, has been appointed historian to the project.

    Over the next few months she will be pulling together research submitted by volunteers to write the initial report on the history of the Common which, it is hoped, will lead to a second tranche of Heritage Lottery funding for a more detailed study.

    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.


    New Home for Wandsworth Museum

    Wandsworth Museum and Battersea Arts Centre are to join forces to create a new centre for culture and history in the heart of Wandsworth.

    From March 2015, the Museum team will be based at BACís Grade II* listed building on Lavender Hill, launching a year of exploring ways of interpreting the Museumís collections in a new way. The plan is that the two organisations should fully integrate from spring 2016.

    Sue Walker, Director of Wandsworth Museum, said: 'In partnership, we can reach more people than we could do separately; engage them in our historical collections in unexpected and imaginative ways. We hope that this new collaborative model will be able to proceed and inspire other arts and heritage institutions across the country.'

    Sheila Allen, Chair of the Friends of Wandsworth Museum, said: ĎThe Museum can at last look forward to a more stable future. Both are institutions we are proud of and together they will create a synergy of mutual benefit and give the community a greater sense of place and heritage.í


    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: 19 April 2015