Stories about Politics

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...
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...
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 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...
The Mayor of Garrat
In the eighteenth century, many people couldn't vote in the General Elections - but in the tiny Wandsworth village of Garrat, the people decided to use election day to choose a local mayor to take...
The Occupation
In 1984, the South London Women's Hospital was shut down. Many of the patients in the hospital had been moved there when nearby St Benedict's Hospital closed, and had been promised they wouldn't have...
The Protest
Putney Vale is nestled between Wimbledon Common and Richmond Park, a small and quiet community; but just to one side roars the A3. For years, the residents of Putney Vale could only cross the road by...
The Pardon
In 1392, Richard II wanted to borrow £1000 from the citizens of London. They turned him down. In fact, they didn't just turn him down: when a man from Lombardy offered to lend the money to the king...