Stories about Science and technology

The Fire-Proof House
Ever set a house on fire deliberately? How about while the king and queen were inside, eating breakfast? One Putney Heath resident did just this, in 1774 - not out of any republican fervour, but as a...
The Secret Spy Garage
St John's Road, near Clapham Junction, is a cheerful busy shopping street - much as it was in the 1970s. In the 70s, however, it was also home to a spy garage. MI5 agents from Section 4 of 'A'...
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 Tooting Destructor
In the early twentieth century, a lot of councils, including Wandsworth, got rid of their local rubbish with Dust Destructors: giant incinerators to which huge cartfuls of burnable rubbish could be...
The Waterworks
The Southwark and Vauxhall Waterworks Company was formed in 1845 by the amalgamation of two earlier water companies; after competing against each other for years, they eventually decided that laying...
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"...