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.
In 1392, Richard II wanted to borrow £1000 from the citizens of London. They turned him down. In fact, they didn't just turn him down: when a man from Lombardy offered to lend the money to the king...
In the 1620s, Richard Weston Earl of Portland was living in Roehampton. There's an unlikely story about Weston and his house, told by his contemporary Lord Clarendon: Weston had promised the Earl of...
The Ugliest Windmill
There's a remnant of a windmill near Wandsworth Common today, but a couple of hundred years ago there were fully-functioning windmills right across the borough: Clapham Common, Nine Elms, even on a...