Wandsworth Historical Society

The archaeology and history of the Borough of Wandsworth

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.

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.

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
22 March (not 29th due to Good Friday)

'The Joy of Post-ex: A summary of the post-excavation work so far on Tideway Site 4: Barn Elms'A major Late Iron Age settlement was revealed during the recent works for the Thames Tideway Tunnel alongside the mouth of the Beverley Brook on the Putney-Barnes border.

This is a very important prehistoric site in the London area. Analysis of the abundant finds is already giving new insights into later Iron Age daily life, contacts and activity in our area. Mike Curnow will be describing some of the outstanding finds and the progress made so far in assessing the site

Mike Curnow, Museum of London Archaeology
26 April 2024 A local history talk TBA
31 May 2024 The burial ground of St George the Martyr Battersea Dr Rachel Williams and Dr Ceri Boston, Wessex Archaeology
28 June 2024 A local history talk TBA
26 July 2024

'Syon Abbey revisited: shedding light on late medieval England's wealthiest nunnery'Syon Abbey was the last great religious house to be built in the London region during the medieval period. By the time of its closure in 1539 it was the tenth richest in England. Founded by Henry V and built by Henry VI, it was home to segregated female and male communities of the Bridgettine order.

The lecture will discuss how archaeological investigations since the late 1990's have begun to shed light on the abbey and its long forgotten layout and appearance.

Robert Cowie
August 2024 No Meeting  
27 September 2024 A local history talk TBA
25 October 2024 'The Thames on the eve of Londinium, exploring a late Iron Age landscape' Craig Campbell
29 November 2024 Members' Evening Short talks by members
December 2024 No Meeting  
31 January 2025 15th Nick Fuentes Memorial Lecture:
An archaeological talk
28 February 2025 A local history talk TBA


Click here for a list of previous talks going back to 1991.

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