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.
John Archer, Mayor
In 1913, John Archer was elected Mayor of Battersea, winning by a single vote. He was already well-known for his radical politics and opposition to spiritualism; and the election made him even...
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...
Near where the Southside Shopping Centre is now, there used to be much smaller shops. In the 1920s, Gwen Copeland would earn money by doing the shopping for her neighbours, and then spend it in the...