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 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...
In the middle of the 1970s, the National Front (an ancestor of the British National Party) circulated a newspaper for their members with a list of "Red Scum in Wandsworth." It gave the addresses of...
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...