Wandsworth History & Heritage Festival Events 29 April – 12 June


Friday 29 April. 8pm. ‘Blueprint for Living’ – The Story of the Fitzhugh Estate, Wandsworth 

Talk by Sharon O’Neill for Wandsworth Historical Society. Sharon O’Neill is a social documentary photographer concentrating primarily on people and places that from the outside seem unexceptional, and by the very nature of their everyday-ness, are overlooked and often unrecorded.

Friends’ Meeting House in Wandsworth High Street, opposite the Town Hall. 

Monday 16 May. 8pm.  Arnold Bax – A Streatham Composer 

Talk by Mike Morphy for Streatham Society. “Woodlawns”, 16 Leigham Court Road, SW16 2JP. Free, no booking required.


Saturday 28 May – Sunday 12 June. Wandsworth Heritage Festival

Some highlights:

Saturday 28 May. 2pm. Walk: Historic Earlsfield

Guide Geoff Simmons will reveal the area’s connections with WW1, as well as the history associated with the River Wandle, the Henry Prince Estate, Garratt Green, Burntwood Lane and the route of the Surrey Iron Railway.

Meet at St. Andrew’s Church, Waynflete Street, Earlsfield, SW18 3QG.  £5. No booking required. For more information contact: rgbsimmons182@gmail.com

Monday 30 May. 4.30pm. Walk: Great Houses of Roehampton

Discover the stories of the remarkable people who lived in the grand Georgian houses of Roehampton. This guided walk starts at Roehampton House at Queen Mary’s Place, moving to Queen Mary’s Hospital, and ending at Grove House on the University of Roehampton campus.

Meet at Queen Mary’s Place gate entrance, junction of Vitali Close & Roehampton Lane, SW15 5FH. FREE. No booking required. Organised by Spare Tyre. This forms part of a programme of creative activity project Over the Road. For more information contact: victor@sparetyre.org

Saturday 4 June. 2pm. Walk: Multi-faith Tooting

Discover the history of some of the places of worship around Tooting on this walk led by local historian Janet Smith. Step inside Christian churches, a Hindu temple and a Muslim mosque to hear about the central beliefs of each religion.

Meet outside St Nicholas’s Church, Mitcham Road, Tooting, SW17 9PP.  £6 charge (proceeds to the Tooting History Group). Duration of walk approx.  3 hrs.  Organised by Tooting History Group. Booking essential as places are limited: whf2016walk.eventbrite.co.uk  or 07437 781 488.

Thursday 9 June. 7 for 7.30pm. Charlotte Despard

Prof. Penny Corfield reassesses the contradictory career of Battersea’s amazing woman. Despard was a pioneer suffragette, minimum-wage campaigner, Irish nationalist, pro-Soviet communist and inspiration for Mahatma Gandhi. Why is she not better known?

St Mary’s Parish Church, Battersea Church Road, SW11 3NA. £5. Organised by the Battersea Society. No booking required.

Sunday 12 June. 11am. Walk: Historic Battersea

Councillor Tony Belton will lead this informal walk from The Latchmere to Battersea Arts Centre, looking at different housing styles and exploring local historic events and individuals.

Meet outside The Latchmere pub, corner of Latchmere Rd/Battersea Park Rd. £10. Please book in advance: tonybelton@btconnect.com or 020 7223 1736.

The full programme can be downloaded here.




About seancreighton1947

Since moving to Norbury in July 2011 I have been active on local economy, housing and environment issues with Croydon TUC and Croydon Assembly. I am a member of the Love Norbury Residents Associations Planning & Transport Committees, and Chair of Nobury Community Land Trust. I write for Croydon Citizen at http://thecroydoncitizen.com. I co-ordinate the Samuel Coleridge-Taylor and Croydon Radical History Networks and edit the North East Popular Politics database. History Project.. I give history talks and lead history walks. I retired in 2012 having worked in the community/voluntary sector and on heritage projects. My history interests include labour movement, mutuality, Black British, slavery & abolition, Edwardian roller skating and the social and political use of music and song. I have a particular interest in the histories of Battersea and Wandsworth, Croydon and Lambeth. I have a publishing imprint History & Social Action Publications.
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