Wandsworth Historical Society


Battersea : Balham : Putney : Tooting : Wandsworth Town

A few front covers

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LBSCR staff
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New research published in 2017
Cromwell
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Roehampton Village
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Lost Fishing Village
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Roomy Villas

Publications Past and Present

Publications Index

Click HERE to download a fully searchable index of all of the publications produced by the WHS between 1955 and 2015. In particular, the index provides a comprehensive listing of all the research articles that have appeared in the Wandsworth Historian over that period.

Research Guides

In line with the Society's commitment to make its earlier publications more readily available to enthusiasts we have created digitized versions of two definitive research guides which we first published in the 1980s.

Click HERE to access Directories by Rita Ensing.

Click HERE to access Building and Architectural History by Keith Bailey.

Both of these guides are now searchable documents. Present-day readers are reminded that the names of some of the archives mentioned in them have changed since they were first published.

The Wandsworth Local History Collection (WLHC), or 'Wandsworth Collection', is now the Wandsworth Heritage Service, and the Greater London Record Office (GLRO) is now the London Metropolitan Archives; neither has changed its location, unlike the Surrey Record Office (now the Surrey History Centre at Woking).

The Wandsworth Heritage Service now has photocopies of relevant pages from many of the early directories, such as Pigot & Co.'s, up to 1845.

Wandsworth Paper: The Building of the Southfields Grid c.1860-1910

It was in 2003 that the Society published this highly significant study by Keith Bailey on the evolution of this Edwardian suburb in the southern part of Wandsworth. In view of the continuing interest in his paper, the WHS has decided to re-release it in digital form.

Click HERE to open this fully-searchable version of the original text.

Current Publications Available for Purchase

Email Neil Robson (020neil119@gmail.com) to discuss an order.

The editor is now able to accept payment by on-line transfer as well cheque.

Our Flagship Publication "The Wandsworth Historian"

Cost Postage
The Wandsworth Historical Society publishes a twice-yearly journal, The Wandsworth Historian £3
per copy
£1.50
per copy
'Wandsworth Historian' Digital Archive 1971-2015 containing one hundred issues on a single DVD £5 £1.50

Wandsworth Papers

Author Title Pub Date Ref Cost Postage
Keith Bailey

The Staff of the London, Brighton & South Coast Railway in Battersea and Wandsworth 1856-1901The Staff of the London, Brighton & South Coast Railway in Battersea and Wandsworth 1856-1901 by Keith Bailey tells the story of the many thousands of nineteenth-century railway workers who were located in our area. Using surviving personnel records the writer paints a fascinating picture of the lives, careers and misdemeanours of a whole host of men and women who made an incalculable contribution to the well-being and efficiency of everyday Victorian life.

2018 32 £5 £2.00
Dorian Gerhold

Thomas Cromwell and his Family in Putney and WandsworthBy going back to original sources Dorian has uncovered new information and shown that certain things long taken as facts were actually the creation of a victorian historian.

2017 31 £5 £1.00
Maggie Jones and others Putney Remembers the Men of the First World War: St Mary's roll of honour 2017 30 £5 £1.50
Dorian Gerhold

Roehampton VillageIt traces the story of the village from its origins as a row of cottages on former common land in about 1600 through several major transformations to the present day. Existing buildings include the King's Head, the former Montague Arms, the terraced houses of Medfield Street and Holy Trinity church.

2016 29 £5 £1.50
Dorian Gerhold Pubs of Putney and Roehampton 2013 27 £4 £1.50
Sue Rolfe Literary Putney and its environs 17th-21st century 2013 26 £6 £1.50
Dorian Gerhold Wandsworth's Lost Fishing Village 2012 25 £8 £1.50
Dorian Gerhold Pubs of Wandsworth 2012 23 £4 £1.00
Keith Bailey The Streets of Battersea: their names and origins 2008 17 £4 £2
Dorian Gerhold Putney and Roehampton in 1665: a street directory and guide 2007 16 £9.50 £2
Dorian Gerhold John Corris's Map of Wandsworth in 1787 (see below) 2002 11 £3.50 £1.50
Dorian Gerhold Roehampton in 1617: the village surveyed 2001 8 £3 £1.50

Other publications

Title Cost Postage
William Field's Photographs of Putney, Dorian Gerhold and Michael Bull (compilers) £8 £3.00
Stanford's map of south-west London in 1862 (north part) £4 £1.00
Stanford's map of south-west London in 1862 (south part) £4 £1.00

Obtain a copy of "The Map of Georgian Wandsworth"

Corris map


In 1787 the significant landowner, the second Earl Spencer, commissioned the cartographer, John Corris, to draw a plan of all his holdings and rights within the parish of Wandsworth. The result is the most detailed map we have of the area in the Georgian period, with many of the parcels of land meticulously marked and all the buildings shown to a sound accuracy even in the built-up area. As part of its remit to widen people's knowledge of Wandsworth's past the WHS has published a careful reproduction of the original in the British Library, printed in full colour and measuring 41cm by 47cm.




Now available on line for free!

Roomy Villas: the story of Southfields Grid and its surroundings by Neil Robson

It is nearly twenty years since Roomy Villas first made its appearance, and over that time this account of the history of the Southfields Grid area from the 1880s has proved exceptionally popular. As a result its author has decided to place the book in the public domain and make a digitised version of the original easily available at no cost to anyone who may be interested.

To access your copy for free just click on this link [here]. The text is now fully searchable, and you can even download and save the complete book if you wish.