Stories about Parks and commons

Francis Grose
Mulberry Cottage, on Wandsworth Common, was the home of Francis Grose - a writer from the eighteenth century who was particularly passionate about words. His best-known work, .A Classical Dictionary...
Hester Piozzi
1741: Hester Salusbury was born to a Welsh family of high social standing. 1763: she married a wealthy brewer and became Hester Thrale. She lived in a house in Streatham Park and surrounded herself...
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 Gravel Thieves
Tooting Graveney Common is full of hollows and ditches and even a lake: but these aren't natural. They're there because for a long time, the parishioners of Tooting Graveney had the right to gather...
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 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 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...