Stories about Food

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...
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...
Red Scum
In the middle of the 1970s, the National Front (an ancestor of the British National Party) circulated a newspaper for their members with a list of "Red Scum in Wandsworth." It gave the addresses of...
Sweets
Near where the Southside Shopping Centre is now, there used to be much smaller shops. In the 1920s, Gwen Copeland would earn money by doing the shopping for her neighbours, and then spend it in the...
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 ...