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.
The Mayor of Garrat
In the eighteenth century, many people couldn't vote in the General Elections - but in the tiny Wandsworth village of Garrat, the people decided to use election day to choose a local mayor to take...
Fishing in Putney
Applying for a fishing licence can be a bit of a pain - but in the seventeenth century, things were much more complicated. In Putney, you could obtain the right to fish in the Thames in exchange for...
Lascars in Wandsworth
In the early nineteenth century, thousands of Lascars settled in Britain. The word Lascars was a European term for the many non-European seamen who were recruited to work on merchant ships as they...