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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The Waterworks
The Southwark and Vauxhall Waterworks Company was formed in 1845 by the amalgamation of two earlier water companies; after competing against each other for years, they eventually decided that laying...
The Bandstand
Where do you go to get a bandstand? The Clapham Common bandstand looks an awful lot like a pair of bandstands that once stood in South Kensington Gardens... and there's a good reason for that...
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...
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