Wandsworth Historical Society

Battersea : Balham : Putney : Tooting : Wandsworth Town

Putney Then and Now

Putney 1820Putney c.1820
Thames 1904The Thames from Putney Bridge c.1905
Bargemen PutneyBargemen at Putney c.1880
Winchester HouseWinchester House, Lower Richmond Road
Fairfax HouseFairfax House, Putney High Street (demolished 1887) in snow
The Green Man pub, 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, Wandsworth High Street, SW18.

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
December 2017 No Meeting  
26 January 2018 8th Nick Fuentes Memorial Lecture

A sarcophagus and a Roman Road in Southwark: Excavation at 25-29 Harper Road. Press Release - 18 July 2017 - Extremely rare Roman sarcophagus lifted from ancient Southwark burial site.
A Roman sarcophagus has been found, excavated, and lifted from its ancient grave at a site on Harper Road. It is being moved to the Museum of London, where its contents will be exhumed.
This is an exceptional find for London, where only two similar late Roman sarcophagi have been discovered in their original place of burial in recent years: one from St Martin-in-the Fields near Trafalgar Square (2006) and one from Spitalfields in 1999.

Ireneo Grosso, Pre-Construct Archaeology
23 February 2018

Magic, Murder and Mendacity: John Dee and Thomas Digges in Elizabethan public life. A talk about John Dee, mathematician and astrologer and resident of Mortlake, and Thomas Digges, Dee's student and an important follower of Copernicus (with Battersea connections).

Professor Glyn Parry,
Roehampton University
23 March 2018 (Moved as last Friday is Good Friday) An archaeological talk TBA
27 April 2018

Votes for Women A talk on the history of the women's suffrage movement, 1866-1928, with particular emphasis on the part Wandsworth played in the London campaign.

Elizabeth Crawford,
historical researcher and writer
25 May 2018 An archaeological talk TBA
29 June 2018 AGM followed by a local history talk TBA
27 July 2018 An archaeological talk TBA
August 2018 No Meeting  
28 September 2018 A local history talk TBA
26 October 2018 An archaeological talk TBA
30 November 2018 Members' Evening Short talks by members


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

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