Stories about Persecution and prejudice

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 ...
Charlotte Despard
Charlotte Despard was born in 1844 and had a successful career as a romantic novelist; but it's not for this reason that Charlotte Despard Avenue in Battersea is named after her...
John Archer, Mayor
In 1913, John Archer was elected Mayor of Battersea, winning by a single vote. He was already well-known for his radical politics and opposition to spiritualism; and the election made him even...
Lascars in Wandsworth
In the early nineteenth century, thousands of Lascars settled in Britain. The word Lascars was a European term for the many non-European seamen who were recruited to work on merchant ships as they...
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...
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...