Stories about Writers and writing

Francis Grose
Mulberry Cottage, on Wandsworth Common, was the home of Francis Grose - a writer from the eighteenth century who was particularly passionate about words. His best-known work, .A Classical Dictionary...
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...
John Archer, Mayor
In 1913, John Archer was elected Mayor of Battersea, winning by a single vote. He was already well-known for his radical politics and opposition to spiritualism; and the election made him even...
Remember Caesar
In the 1620s, Richard Weston Earl of Portland was living in Roehampton. There's an unlikely story about Weston and his house, told by his contemporary Lord Clarendon: Weston had promised the Earl of...
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...
Samuel Pepys's Hat
Samuel Pepys, the famous diarist, visited Putney - and almost lost his hat there. During one visit, re reports, he: "went to Putney Church, where I saw the girls of the schools, few of which pretty;...