History News: Notts/Derbyshire, Socialist, Wandsworth & Yorkshire

Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Labour History Society

Its July newsletter contains articles on Kinder Trespass -Yesterday and Today, Feminist Archive Midlands East FAME, Edmund Potter, Karl Marx and the issue of supported emigration during the Cotton Famine, The Ending of Frame Rent, Lighthouse Keepers: A Small Nineteenth Century Workforce, and details of its publications.

The newsletter can be read here:

July 2020

Socialist History Society

The latest issue of its newsletter contains appreciations of Deborah Lavin and Malcolm Chase, reviews of Catherine Howe’s new book London Story 1848 about Chartism (APS Books. £9.99), Graham Taylor’s The Mayflower in Britain – How an Icon was Made in London, Alex Vitale’s The End of Policing (USA), and Priyamvada Gopal’s Insurgent Empire,  discussions of the issue of memorialisation and statues, and articles on German Left-Wing Exiles in the UK 1933-45 and MARXISM IN ART.

The newsletter can be read here:


Syd Bidwell Autobiography

Syd Bidwell was Labour Member of Parliament  for Southall 1966 – 1992, and was well known in his day for his stand against racism.

His autobiography A Tale to Tell has been published by Labour Heritage.

£5 per copy (post-free),  Order at:  labourheritage45@btinternet.com  or 020 8932 0165

Payable by cheque to ‘Labour Heritage’ –  send to 11 Aylmer Road W12 9LG

Or by Bank Transfer:   A/C  2014 9763   S/C  60-83-01

The Yorkshire Co-operative Resource Centre

The latest issue of their Principle 5 newsletter which can be downloaded at:


The centre is based in Aizlewood’s Mill in Sheffield and has an extensive library and archive on the Co-operative Movement in all its many forms including the Co-operative Women’s Guild, Co-operatives UK, the Co-operative College, the Co-operative Party and the Woodcraft Folk. There are also resources for schools as well as study groups on aspects of Co-operative history and ideology.

The name Principle 5 refers to one of the commitments made in the International Co-operative Alliance’s Statement of Co-operative Values and Principles (1996) which focuses on Education and Training:


www.principle5.coop/ and if you would like to be added to their mailing list do contact Steve on steve@sheffield.coop

Wandsworth History

Wandsworth Historical Society publications

During lockdown the Society is offering some books from its back catalogue.

All you have to do is to choose the title(s) and contact Neil Robson – 020neil119@gmail.com to arrange how to pay their modest cost by on-line transfer (no cheques, please).  You will then receive by email a link to download the book(s) you’ve bought.  They will come to you in the form of an electronic PDF for you to read on your PC or hand-held device.

Aspects of Battersea History 1770-1910 by Keith Bailey (2010)

Densely populated working-class housing, the building of mansion flats for the middle classes, and a proposal to construct a massive penitentiary on a site near present-day Clapham Junction.  These are only some of the aspects of the extraordinary evolution of Battersea during the nineteenth century.  Every one of these six thoroughly researched and attractively illustrated studies stands as a major addition to the published research on Battersea’s past.  £6.00

Between the Commons: South Battersea’s formative years 1851-1900 by Roger Logan (2007)

From scattered Georgian mansions to acres of Victorian housing development, the evolution of South Battersea is a classic example of the rise of the London suburb.  This highly readable account tells of the influential personalities, the political conflicts and the day-to-day problems faced by the early residents, and is an essential starting-point for anyone wishing to find out more about the story behind the numerous houses in that neighbourhood.  £3.00

Dunsford Manor 1851-1898: a late-Victorian manor in Wandsworth by Rita Ensing (2006)

Manorial histories often focus on the medieval period, their stories ending well before the modern era.  In contrast, this splendid paper uses Court Rolls and other documents from a later time to give an in-depth account of the administration of a manor in a  London suburb during the second half of the nineteenth century.  £3.00

House Building and Builders in Wandsworth c.1850-1915 by Keith Bailey (2nd printing, 2013)

Here is a book that examines the builders of houses (as opposed to those who merely  laid out estates and streets) in the Wandsworth and Battersea areas between the 1850s  and 1915.  It tells of their collective achievement in accommodating a vastly increased population without gross overcrowding or the creation of slums, and it breaks new ground, since it is the first to describe the whole range of builders in any group of London suburbs during the period in question.  £4.00

King and Constitution’: the Wandsworth Volunteer Infantry 1794-1809 by Dermot Jones (2011)

Thoughts of Dad’s Army and a fear of invasion generally conjure up pictures of England in the Second World War, but this was not the first time the country was forced to react to threats from an overseas power.  During the long Napoleonic Wars between France and Britain, Wandsworth, merely a village in Surrey at the time, raised a company of armed Volunteers to counter the menace of attack from the other side of the channel.  This stirring account tells the story of those parish forces and shows how a small community responded to a great event.  £4.00

The Development of Building Estates in Battersea 1780-1914 by Keith Bailey (2012)

The nineteenth-century transformation of Battersea into a densely packed south-London suburb of nearly 170,000 people is a remarkable story of fits and starts, successful outcomes, and over-ambitious failures.  The massive number of houses built after 1870 that still stand are a tribute to the overwhelming enterprise of that numerous band of developers and builders who replaced the fields and gardens of Battersea with a brick-filled expanse of streets and houses.  £6.00

My Battersea History Publications

Battersea’s Global Reach. The Story of Price’s Candles. Jon Newman. H&SAP. 2009. £5 – lockdown special offer price £3.

Battersea’s Women’s Activism 1890s-1914. Socialists, Suffragists and Suffragettes against John Burns. H&SAP. 2018. £2.

Caroline Ganley. Terence Chapman. Biography of socialist, Labour and co-operative activist and expert on mothers and children’s health and welfare, who was Battersea and ILEA Councillor, Battersea South MP (1945-51). H&SAP. 2018. £8.

From Exclusion to Political Control. Radical and Working-Class Organisation in Battersea 1830s-1918, Sean Creighton. H&SAP. 2016 reprint £1

John Archer.  Battersea’s Black Progressive and Labour Activist 1863-1932. Sean Creighton. H&SAP. £4

From Exclusion to Political Control. Radical and Working Class Organisation in Battersea 1830s-1918. H&SAP. 2016 reprint. £1.

Plus postage. To order: sean.creighton1947@btinternet.com

My Wandsworth History Blog Postings


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Secondhand History Books 

Britain and Czechoslovakia. A Study in Contacts J. V. Polisensky. Orbis Prague. 1966. £2

Changing Gear – Is Localism the New Regionalism? Essays edited by Michael Ward & Sally Hardy. The Smith Institute & Regional Studies Association. 2012. £3

Heritage, Commemoration and Interpretation: Labour and radical movements and their built environment. Bob Hayes. In Art & Culture. North West Labour History Journal. 29. 2004. Includes Michael Bush on the Manchester working-class, Percy Bysshe Shelley & Queen Mab. £2

In Defence of Independence. September 1939. Zygmunt Bielecki, Ryszard Debowski. Interpress Publishers. Warsaw 1972. Account of the Polish attempt to stop the Nazi invasion. £2

Into Exile. The History of the Counter-Reformation in Bohemia. Ernest Sommer. The New Europe Publishing Co.1943. £2

Raphael Samuel. 1934-1996. Tributes and Appreciations. Not dated. £2

‘Riot’. The Bristol Bridge Massacre of 1795. Michael Manson. Past & Present Press. 1997. £3

Plus postage. To order: sean.creignton1947@btinetrnet.com




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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