Stories about Contraptions

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 Telescope
In 1852, Wandsworth Common was home to "a singular-looking structure, consisting of a plain tower with a long tube slung by its side, surrounded by a wooden-hoarding to keep off intruders"...
The Tooting Destructor
In the early twentieth century, a lot of councils, including Wandsworth, got rid of their local rubbish with Dust Destructors: giant incinerators to which huge cartfuls of burnable rubbish could be...
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...