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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Bottled Ale
According to one historian, Wandsworth is the home not just of a brewery but of bottled ale itself. The unlikely story goes that in the 1500s, the Dean of St Paul's was fishing in the river, bread ...
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;...
Friendless Boys
In 1852, on Spanish Road, the Friendless Boys' Home was established - a home for 200 boys aged 10 to 16 who "have lost their character or are in danger of losing it"./ The boys learnt carpentry...
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