Stories about the Law

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...
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 Funeral
In the seventeenth century, there were all sorts of awkward rules about all sorts of parts of life - and of death, too. When people died, it was important that their funerals were fitting to their...
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 Wandsworth Walloper
Wandsworth Prison was built in 1851, and in 1878 it began to serve as London's hanging prison, where condemned prisoners were held and executed. It was also frequently the site of corporal punishment...