Stories about Animals

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...
Shopping and Racing
Head to the Southside Shopping Centre (previously the Arndale Centre) at 8:15 on a Tuesday evening, and you'll find some shoppers buying in their dinner; some cinema-goers wandering up the...
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 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...
The Horse-Slaughtering Yard
In the 1800s, the largest horse-slaughtering yard in London could be found in Garratt Lane. Horse-slaughtering was a licensed trade with many rules, so the yard - nestled next to a fireworks factory...
The First Railway
Wandsworth is the home of the world's very first railway - or at least, the very first thing that had the word "railway" in its name: the Surrey Iron Railway. The Surrey Iron Railway was one of two...