Stories about Rivers

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 ...
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...
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...
Putney Bridge
For a long time, anyone who wanted to cross the Thames at Putney had to use a ferry; and then, in 1729, an Act of Parliament was passed authorising the construction of a bridge. Unfortunately for the...
The Female Blondin
On an August afternoon in 1861, a young woman set out to cross the Thames on a tightrope - and to be the first person ever to do so. She was billed as Madame Genevieve, or the Female Blondin...
Battersea Bridge
Battersea Bridge! Located as it is on a sharp bend in the river, it's been the site of more than its fair share of collisions... but as far as inconvenience and danger are concerned, the Battersea...