Stories about Battersea

Battersea Bridge
Battersea Bridge! Located as it is on a sharp bend in the river, it's been the site of more than its fair share of collisions... but as far as inconvenience and danger are concerned, the Battersea...
Bottled Ale
According to one historian, Wandsworth is the home not just of a brewery but of bottled ale itself. The unlikely story goes that in the 1500s, the Dean of St Paul's was fishing in the river, bread ...
Charlotte Despard
Charlotte Despard was born in 1844 and had a successful career as a romantic novelist; but it's not for this reason that Charlotte Despard Avenue in Battersea is named after her...
Gatti's Ice
Just over a hundred and fifty years ago, summer afternoons would pass by with no chance for an ice-cream: they simply weren't for sale to ordinary members of the public. One of the first people to...
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...
Sunday Afternoons
The scene: a Sunday afternoon between the wars. For some it was a day of rest, perhaps sitting in the deckchairs, listening to the brass bands in the afternoon in King George's Park...
The Battersea Fireball
Battersea Power Station's dramatic chimneys are an important part of Wandsworth's skyline, though the building's been empty for many years. Every now and then, though, it comes into use: for a...
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 Female Blondin
On an August afternoon in 1861, a young woman set out to cross the Thames on a tightrope - and to be the first person ever to do so. She was billed as Madame Genevieve, or the Female Blondin...
The Funeral
In the seventeenth century, there were all sorts of awkward rules about all sorts of parts of life - and of death, too. When people died, it was important that their funerals were fitting to their...
The Secret Spy Garage
St John's Road, near Clapham Junction, is a cheerful busy shopping street - much as it was in the 1970s. In the 70s, however, it was also home to a spy garage. MI5 agents from Section 4 of 'A'...
The Ugliest Windmill
There's a remnant of a windmill near Wandsworth Common today, but a couple of hundred years ago there were fully-functioning windmills right across the borough: Clapham Common, Nine Elms, even on a...
The Brown Dog Affair
In 1906 the Brown Dog Statue was erected by anti-vivisectionists in Battersea, to commemorate animals who had died in the course of medical experimentation. However, medical students weren't won over...