Focus on Sleaze in Wandsworth Historian 50th Anniversary Issue

Also features picture of well known politician with KKK at Putney station

Sketch by Alfred Concanen (1835-86) from cover of a piano score. The song was made famous by the popular music hall comedian Arthur Lloyd. Picture: WHS Research Collection

March 12, 2021

Wandsworth Historian Celebrates its fiftieth with an edition opener focusing on the conflict and disruption to everyday life, cronyism and sleaze in 1971.

It includes details of how terrorists were run to earth in Wandsworth and a story about Sporle, a Labour Councillor arrested for corruption, as well as an intriguing picture of Peter Hain amongst a group of Ku Klux Klan at Putney Station.

Also in this issue there is an account of the success over more than a century of the Grand Theatre, Clapham Junction, and a glimpse into a project-that-never-was to build a ‘City of Health’ in Victorian Battersea.

Other items include the launch of the Young’s Brewery archive now deposited with the Wandsworth Heritage Service, and the rise and fall of a major drapers’ business in Wandsworth High Street.

The Wandsworth Historical Society publishes the Wandsworth Historian, its local history journal, twice a year. The magazine is free to members.

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.

The Wandsworth Historian (ISSN 1751-9225) is published by the Wandsworth Historical Society, and copies are available price £3.00 plus £2.00 for P&P from Neil Robson, 119 Heythorp Street, London SW18 5BT or by emailing On-line payment preferred, but cheques payable to the ‘Wandsworth Historical Society’ also accepted.

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