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 thing.

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.
Supported by Wandsworth Council. Lottery funded.
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The First Railway
Wandsworth is the home of the world's very first railway - or at least, the very first thing that had the word "railway" in its name: the Surrey Iron Railway. The Surrey Iron Railway was one of two...
Gatti's Ice
Just over a hundred and fifty years ago, summer afternoons would pass by with no chance for an ice-cream: they simply weren't for sale to ordinary members of the public. One of the first people to...
The Fire-Proof House
Ever set a house on fire deliberately? How about while the king and queen were inside, eating breakfast? One Putney Heath resident did just this, in 1774 - not out of any republican fervour, but as a...
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