Wandsworth Historical Society


Battersea : Balham : Putney : Tooting : Wandsworth Town

Early 20th Century Tooting

Tooting Military Hospital, Church Lane, Tooting (later St Benedict's Hospital)
Tooting Parish Church from the south
Holy Trinity Church and LCC fire station, Trinity Road, Balham (nowadays described as in 'Tooting Bec')

About The Wandsworth Historical Society

The Wandsworth Historical Society aims to promote an interest in the history and archaeology of the Borough of Wandsworth.

The present-day borough covers Balham, Battersea, Earlsfield, Putney, Southfields, Tooting and Wandsworth Town.

The Society, founded in 1953, organises a lively programme of talks throughout the year, as well as archaeological field trips along the Thames foreshore. There are also occasional visits to places of interest.

The Society encourages new research, much of which appears in its journal, Wandsworth Historian.

More detailed research is published in a series of Wandsworth Papers, and some members have also written books on a variety of topics.

The Society is a registered charity (No. 270098) and is run by a Management Committee who are the Trustees. All are volunteers.

The Trustees for 2018/19 are:

Chairman Dorian Gerhold
Vice Chairman Janet Smith
Treasurer James Bell
General Secretary Margaret Bell
Membership Secretary David Ainsworth
  Mike Bull
  Pamela Greenwood
  Norman Holmes
  Colin Jenkins (Website)
  David Kirk
  Neil Robson

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Our 60th Anniversary

In 2013 the Wandsworth Historical Society celebrated 60 years as the leading voice of local history and archaeology in the borough. Our first talk was held on 8 December 1953 when the topic was 'Old Wandsworth and Putney'.

Click here for The Society's Achievements over those 60 years.

Photos from our 60th anniversary celebration at Wandsworth Museum.