Wandsworth Historical Society

The archaeology and history of the Borough of Wandsworth

Battersea : Balham : Putney : Tooting : Wandsworth Town

Old Battersea

St John's Hill and Clapham Junction, Battersea c.1905
The fountain, Battersea Park c.1906

Our monthly talks which are now being held online via Zoom.

We normally meet regularly on the last Friday of the month (but not in August or December) starting at 8.00 pm for an illustrated talk on either the history or archaeology of London.

The next talk is on 29th October:

An archaeological talk still to be arranged.

Members will receive the link to the meeting by email.

We welcome guests - To obtain the link to the meeting please send an email to:


For full details of our forthcoming talks, please click here.



The 2021 West London Local History Conference

We are delighted to announce that plans are already well advanced for holding this popular local history conference once again this year. The theme has already been decided: Liquid History: the Thames in South-West & West London's Past, and the event will take place via Zoom on Saturday 27 November.

Watch out for details during the course of October about the names of the speakers and the titles of their talks, and for information via this website on how you can purchase a ticket. The price stays the same - just £15 for a day that's bound to be packed with interest.

Membership of the Society

Membership of the Society costs just £12 a year for adults and £3 a year for students. In addition to the programme of talks, benefits of membership are:

  • 2 editions of our journal, the The Wandsworth Historian, every year
  • a regular newsletter
  • the opportunity to take part in the Thames foreshore survey.

  • The borough of Wandsworth covers 5 town centres:

    Balham Battersea Putney Tooting Wandsworth Town

    It also includes Earlsfield, Roehampton and Southfields.

    As a small voluntary organisation, we are unable to undertake any research for you.

    However some examples of WHS Research are available on line.

    For any inquiries about the work of the society, please contact the Secretary at: info@wandsworthhistory.org.uk

    Our Publications

    The WHS offers an outstanding selection of local history publications. Here are the highlights:

  • Current books and maps.
  • The latest 'Wandsworth Historian'.
  • The 'Wandsworth Historian' digital archive 1971-2021, available for just £5. Click [here] for more details.
  • Our fully searchable Index of Publications 1955-2021.
  • Beating the lockdown: research without record offices

    A list of online links to original records, so that you can continue to research local or family history relating to the Wandsworth area without having to visit a record office or library.

    Online links compiled by Dorian Gerhold

    The Tooting Common Heritage Project

    Tooting Common

    For information on this see the Tooting Common Heritage Project webpage.

    The project has now been completed and a book produced containing the historical research. There were a limited number of printed copies but it is also available online as a pdf via this link.
    The Common Story - A History of Tooting Common.

    Some background information from March 2014 when WHS had a Friday evening talk can be found here. Now updated to the past tense.

    A talk, now likely to be held in 2022, will provide a summing up of the project.

    The photos show the fountain and its dedication plaque which were restored as part of the project.

    Tooting Common

    Wandsworth Museum

    What was Wandsworth Museum became part of Battersea Arts Centre. It was rebranded as "Moving Museum" but there is nothing about this on their new website.

    Wandsworth Heritage Service

    The Wandsworth Heritage Service can be contacted at:
    Battersea Library,
    265 Lavender Hill,
    SW11 1JB.
    Tel 020 7223 2334
    Email heritage@gll.org

    See their website for the situation regarding opening.

    The Heritage Service has its Archives Catalogue and a selection of historic photos available online via these links:


    Last site update: 26 September 2021