Stories about the Eighteenth century

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...
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...
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...