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 Fire
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...
The Duel
Back in 1829, the Duke of Wellington was Prime Minister; there were asparagus fields where Battersea Park now stands; and when people disagreed, they sometimes had a duel. Wellington was working for...
The Telescope
In 1852, Wandsworth Common was home to "a singular-looking structure, consisting of a plain tower with a long tube slung by its side, surrounded by a wooden-hoarding to keep off intruders"...
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