Wandsworth Historical Society

The archaeology and history of the Borough of Wandsworth

Battersea : Balham : Putney : Tooting : Wandsworth Town

Historian 117 coverHistorian Issue 117

The Wandsworth Historian

The Wandsworth Historical Society publishes the Wandsworth Historian, its much-respected local history journal, twice a year. 

The most recent issue is No. 117, Spring 2024. To read a press release from the editor click [HERE].

This issue contains articles on the following subjects:

  • Enemy aliens in WWI Wandsworth
  • The tale of a nineteenth-century master baker
  • Getting your clothes washed between the wars
  • Our roll of honour
  • The bronze founders who cast the King Edward VII statue on Tooting Broadway, women's hair styling in the 1970s, and much more besides.
  • The magazine is free to members and costs £3 + £3 postage for non-members.

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    Here is a selection of articles chosen from our journal's past to show the range and quality of research that the Society publishes:

  • 'A Battersea School Prize from the 1870s' by Nicola Hale, Neil Robson and David Ainsworth which first appeared in the Wandsworth Historian issue 99 in 2015 [LINK].

  • 'The Watermen's Chest of Putney' by Dorian Gerhold which first appeared in the Wandsworth Historian issue 96 in 2013 [LINK].

  • Harold Buchanan Ryley, Emanual School's Gallant Headmaster by Jeremy Archer which first appeared in the Wandsworth Historian issue 92 in 2011 [LINK].

  • 'The Abbey, the Monk and Domesday Wandsworth' by Keith Bailey which first appeared in the Wandsworth Historian issue 91 in 2011 [LINK].

  • 'Jesse Rust and his Son, Vitreous Mosaic Manufacturers of Battersea' by Rita Ensing which first appeared in the Wandsworth Historian issue 90 in 2010 [LINK].

  • 'The Boundaries of Anglo-Saxon Clapham' by Keith Bailey which first appeared in the Wandsworth Historian issue 87 in 2009 [LINK].

  • 'Winston Churchill - Our Part in His Downfall' by Neil Robson which first appeared in the Wandsworth Historian issue 78 in 2004 [LINK].

  • 'A Battersea Victorian Railwayman of Repute' by Stan Verrender which first appeared in the Wandsworth Historian issue 72 in 2000 [LINK].

  • 'William Law - a forgotten resident of Putney' by James Fraser which first appeared in the Wandsworth Historian issue 58 in 1989 [LINK].

  • 'St Peter's Hospital, East Hill, Wandsworth' by Jean Thomason which first appeared in the Wandsworth Historian issue 47 in 1985 [LINK].

  • We hope you find them interesting.

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    Click [HERE] to download a fully searchable index of all of the publications produced by the WHS between 1955 and 2021. In particular, the index provides a comprehensive listing of all the research articles that have appeared in the Wandsworth Historian, 1955-2021.

    Please contact the Editor to order any of the following:

  • Current issue of the Historian (as above)
  • Recent back issues of the Historian
  • The 'Wandsworth Historian' digital archive 1971-2021, available for just £5. Click [HERE] for more details.