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 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...
In the early 1940s, Gwen Copeland was living on the upper floor of a house in Haldon Road, with her 12-week-old daughter; and one night she woke up to find the house was on fire...
1741: Hester Salusbury was born to a Welsh family of high social standing. 1763: she married a wealthy brewer and became Hester Thrale. She lived in a house in Streatham Park and surrounded herself...