Wandsworth Historical Society

Battersea : Balham : Putney : Tooting : Wandsworth Town

Old Putney

Putney High Street c.1900
Putney High Street, 1903
Putney Hill c.1906
The Green Man, Putney Heath c.1909
The Green Man pub today, built c.1700

Lecture Programme for the next Year

You are welcome to come along to one of our talks free of charge before deciding whether you want to join the Society.

All our talks are held on the last Friday of the month at the Friends' Meeting House, 59 Wandsworth High Street, London, SW18 2PT.

They begin at 8.00 pm and end at about 9.15 pm, followed by tea and biscuits and a chance to chat to other members. 

The Meeting House is opposite Wandsworth Town Hall, a short walk down from the Spread Eagle pub.

How to find us

So far, the following talks have been arranged for the next year.

Date Talk Speaker
28 February 2020

'Caroline Ganley (1879-1966) was a Labour and Co-operative politician and activist who lived in Battersea. She was a women's suffrage campaigner, a councillor on Battersea and London County Councils, an MP and one of the first female JPs. Susan Demont's book about her will be available at a reduced price. and the Women's Co-operative Guild in Battersea and Wandsworth'.

Susan Demont
27 March 2020 An archaeological talk TBA
24 April 2020 Tooting Common Heritage Project: 'How the lottery turned Tooting Common into a winner.' Janet Smith, WHS Member
29 May 2020 'The Impact of Industrialisation on London's Health' a project studying the bones of Londoners. Jelena Bekvalac, Museum of London
26 June 2020 AGM followed by a local history talk TBA
31 July 2020 The archaeological work on the Battersea Power Station Site. Richard Krason, PCA
August 2020 No Meeting  
25 September 2020

The Heathwall, Jon Newman uncovers the history and course of what is arguably the least-understood of London's underground rivers, the Heathwall. For centuries it has defined the parish and borough boundaries between Battersea, Clapham, Lambeth and Wandsworth, while its tributaries, the Holburne and the Heathwall Brook, flow through Clapham. Consigned underground by Bazalgette in 1865 as part of his London Main Drainage scheme, it has largely been forgotten. Jon has just published a book on the river's history and this will be on sale.South London's most overlooked underground river.

Jon Newman, writer and archivist
30 October 2020 An archaeological talk TBA
27 November 2020 Members' Evening Short talks by members
December 2020 No Meeting  
29 January 2021 11th Nick Fuentes Memorial Lecture:
An archaeological talk


Click here for a list of previous talks going back to 1992.

Click here for reports on previous talks starting from November 2013.