Stories about the Eighteenth century

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...
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 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 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 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 Ugliest Windmill
There's a remnant of a windmill near Wandsworth Common today, but a couple of hundred years ago there were fully-functioning windmills right across the borough: Clapham Common, Nine Elms, even on a...
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...