A slice of Wandsworth Town’s History

On Saturday 1 June, as Part of the Wandsworth Heritage Festival, David Kirk led some 35 people down and around East Hill to the High Street, discussing a variety of sites nearby of ‘entertainment’, the theme of this year’s festival, ‘recreation’ of all sorts, some listed buildings, the Huguenot past and the changing character of the area. The peace of the Huguenot Burial Ground was noted as a contrast to the incessant traffic!

Meeting Report: Growing up in Wartime Battersea

Sue Denton, one of the research team has written an interesting 50 page book as a report of the project. Cost £5

On Thursday 8 November Carol Rahn gave a fascinating presentation at the November meeting on an oral history project assembling the memories of local people who were living in Battersea during World War II. Their recollections of their childhood, their experiences of air raid shelters, brushes with death and evacuation made fascinating listening. The talk was accompanied by footage of the interviews which brought home the realities of a life far distant from that of children today.

Walk & Visit: Harmondsworth Great Barn and site of the third runway

On Sunday 14 October  a group of members went to see for themselves  the site planned for the third Heathrow runway. While visiting Harmondsworth’s Grade 1 Listed, cathedral sized, barn (dated1427), we met a resident of the village whose last twenty-five years have been ones of constant friction seeing off three attempts to have the runway built.  Attempt three remains in limbo.  We learnt, to our astonishment, that the new runway would be built within 250 metres of the barn, the mediaeval church and the few houses to remain in the planned, truncated village.