Wandsworth Historian no. 110

There’s another clutch of splendid features in the latest issue of the Wandsworth Historian, including the tragic story of William Borradaile, the Vicar of Wandsworth 1822-38; the provision of housing for single professional women in Putney between the wars; and an insight into Edwardian drug stores in south-west London and how their proprietors set out to attract more customers.  Other items reveal the name of the magazine that every Battersea anti-suffrage supporter wanted to read in 1910, and explore the marketing of locally-produced top-quality tennis rackets in the 1930s.

All this and more in the Autumn 2020 issue of the Wandsworth Historian (ISSN 1751-9225), the journal that brings you the latest research into Wandsworth’s past.

The Wandsworth Historian is published by the Wandsworth Historical Society, and copies are available price £3.00 plus £1.50 for postage and packing from WHS, 119 Heythorp Street, London SW18 5BT or by emailing 020neil119@gmail.com.  Cheques payable to ‘Wandsworth Historical Society’, please.  On-line payment also accepted.

The website address of the Wandsworth Historical Society is www.wandsworthhistory.org.uk.

Rev. William Borradaile’s brother’s slavery connections

The article on Borradaile mentions his brother John Watson. He was a city merchant who was joint assignee of the Wandsworth West Hill based Daniel Rucker’s  estates in the West Indies following Rucker’s bankruptcy. He was a director of London Assurance from last least 1819 to 1857 and a steward of the Marine Society, a charity for assisting young men to go to sea. He and his partner assignee were awarded compensation of  £1,554 5s. 5d  for 99 enslaved people on the Antigua Yeaman’s estate, £3,077 16s. 3d for 119 and £4,851 6s. 7d for 180 enslaved on the Belmont and Wallibo estates on St. Vincent; £1,199 2s. 7d and £,1619 14s. 7d for 79 enslaved on the  Whim and Dunvegan estates on Tobago. They were unsuccessful in relation to claims for £4,421 10s. 3d for 171  and £5,188 1s, 10d for 211 enslaved on the Rosebank and Industry estate both on St. Vincent. (Legacies of British Slave ownership database) Further details about the Borradailes and their business activities can be read at:


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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