Wandsworth Historical Society

Battersea : Balham : Putney : Tooting : Wandsworth Town

Old Battersea

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

The archaeology and history of Wandsworth

Talks 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 26th February:

'Heritage on tap: the Young's Brewery archive'
given by Emma Anthony of the Wandsworth Heritage Service.

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.


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


    West London Local History Conference 1981 - 2020

    We are pleased to report that the postponed fortieth WLLHC finally went ahead via Zoom on Saturday, 28 November and it was straightaway judged to have been a great success.

    Click here to download your copy of the special souvenir 'Fortieth Conference' booklet, and watch out for announcements over the next few months about how this highly acclaimed local-history event is going to be held in 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

    Now available as an on-line transfer

    In these weeks of lockdown, don't forget this wonderful resource!

    Wandsworth Historian Digital Archive 1971 - 2015

    A Hundred Issues at your Fingertips

    An outstanding reference point for anyone interested in the history of the Wandsworth area, readily accessible in an easily searchable format.

    For just £5 you can buy a copy of the whole archive which will be transferred straightaway to you electronically. Click [here] for more details.


    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.

    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 February 2021