Stories about Putney

Fishing in Putney
Applying for a fishing licence can be a bit of a pain - but in the seventeenth century, things were much more complicated. In Putney, you could obtain the right to fish in the Thames in exchange for...
Putney Bridge
For a long time, anyone who wanted to cross the Thames at Putney had to use a ferry; and then, in 1729, an Act of Parliament was passed authorising the construction of a bridge. Unfortunately for the...
Samuel Pepys's Hat
Samuel Pepys, the famous diarist, visited Putney - and almost lost his hat there. During one visit, re reports, he: "went to Putney Church, where I saw the girls of the schools, few of which pretty;...
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 Protest
Putney Vale is nestled between Wimbledon Common and Richmond Park, a small and quiet community; but just to one side roars the A3. For years, the residents of Putney Vale could only cross the road by...
The Semaphore Line
Putney Heath! Vital communication link between London and Portsmouth! Or at least, it was in the early nineteenth century. It wasn't easy to send a fast message in the early 1800s; no telephones, no...
The Silver Jubilee
7 June 1977 marked 25 years since the coronation of Elizabeth II - her silver Jubilee. There were celebrations all across the country: street parties, games, parades, bunting galore...
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...