Hello! This is a project about some of the things that have happened
in Wandsworth - odd little bits of history, unexpected spies,
startling telescopes, fires, rivers, parks, duels and all that sort of
There are a few things you can do here:
- You can browse through the stories we've collected;
- You can send us your own story about Wandsworth's history;
- Or, if you live in the UK, you can take our quiz. We're printing 50
of our favourite stories onto postcards; if you take the quiz and give
us your address, we'll work out which story is most likely to appeal
to you, and when the postcards are printed we'll send you one.
Samuel Pepys's Hat
Samuel Pepys, the famous diarist, visited Putney - and almost lost his hat there. During one visit, re reports, he: "went to Putney Church, where I saw the girls of the schools, few of which pretty;...
Back in 1829, the Duke of Wellington was Prime Minister; there were asparagus fields where Battersea Park now stands; and when people disagreed, they sometimes had a duel. Wellington was working for...
Mulberry Cottage, on Wandsworth Common, was the home of Francis Grose - a writer from the eighteenth century who was particularly passionate about words. His best-known work, .A Classical Dictionary...