Stories about Adventures

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 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...
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...