:"This article refers only to the town of Wandsworth. For the wider area generally referred to as Wandsworth, see the separate article on
London Borough of Wandsworth."
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Wandsworth is a town on the south bank of the
River Thamesin south-west London. Wandsworth takes its name from the River Wandle, which enters the Thames at Wandsworth.
Wandsworth appears in
Domesday Bookof 1086 as "Wandesorde" and "Wendelesorde". It was held partly by William, son of Ansculf and partly by St Wandrille's Abbey. Its domesday assets were: 12 hides. It had 5½ ploughs, 22 acres of meadow. It rendered £9. [ [http://www.gwp.enta.net/surrnames.htm Surrey Domesday Book] ]
Wandsworth, like its neighbour Battersea, is a town of extremes (a fact highlighted in the film "
Love Actually") containing some light industry and warehouse sites, rapidly being surrounded by luxury riverside housing. The last twenty years has seen Wandsworth join the ranks of the most expensive and desirable London towns. In February 2007 the " Evening Standard" placed Wandsworth as a borough with the third most million-pound property sales in the capital, behind Kensington/Chelsea and Westminster. Many of these sales are due to Wandsworth's (The Town) rapid riverside development, catering for the Chelsea overspill.
Since at least the early 16th century, Wandsworth has offered accommodation to consecutive waves of immigration; from Protestant Dutch metalworkers fleeing persecution in the 1590s, to recent Eastern European members of the
European Union.cite book | last = | first = | authorlink = | coauthors = | title = "Time Out" London for Londoners | publisher = Ebury Publishing | date = 2006 | location = London | pages = | url = | doi = | isbn = 978-1-904978-52-7 ] An influx of French Huguenotrefugees in the early 17th century is remembered in many local street names. There is a band of small and expensive terraced housing (known as The Tonsleys) behind Old York Road — the former centre of old Wandsworth — rising to an area of grander, terraced, semi-detached and detached housing along the roads bounded by West Side Wandsworth Common, Earlsfield Road and East Hill. In contrast, at the base of East Hill is a collection of high-rise council blocks.
According to an article in "
The Guardian" in 2004:
Wandsworth has a greater proportion of people whose lifestyle, views and trends shape the zeitgeist more than anywhere else in the UK. Wandsworth, in other words, is groovier than everywhere else in Britain.
According to the "Evening Standard"Wandsworth is the hotspot" for those people in London earning over £100,000.
On 2 October 2008 Robert Tuttle, United States Ambassador, anounced that a new US Embassy would be built in Wandsworth, and the existing one in Grosvenor Square would be sold.
Areas in Wandsworth
The River Front
wharfarea, and now a long river walk towards BatterseaVillage and the West End. It is now lined with new apartment blocks, with several bars and restaurants. Notable pubs include The Ship Inn near Wandsworth Bridge. "The Waterfront" on Battersea Reach is a very large bar with excellent view towards Chelsea Harbour.
Set back from the river, at the top of East Hill, containing an area known locally as "the Toast Rack" that has some of the most expensive townhouses in London across from Bellevue Road containing several boutiques and the famous restaurant "
Chez Bruce", formerly "Harveys", where chef Gordon Ramsaylearned his trade, and voted one of London's favourite restaurants in 2006.Fact|date=February 2007 The area also contains one of Wandsworth's most impressive buildings, the Royal Victoria Patriotic Building, which now contains flats, a theatre school and the "Le Gothique" restaurant.
St John's Hill
There are many independent cafés, bars and restaurants on St John's Hill, including the Evening Standard award winning Fish Club and Out Of The Blue, a popular wine bar.
The Tonsleys/Old York Road
A residential area of old Wandsworth close to the river and town centre, so called because many of the street names have the word "Tonsley" included. It has a village feel with the Old York Road's cafes and shops at its heart. The area contains three notable pubs, the Royal Standard, the East Hill and The Alma. Brady's Fish Restaurant serves traditional fish and chips in comfortable middle class surroundings. The area was recently used as the location for the BBC TV series "
Outnumbered". Houses in this area, although small, sell from £600k to over £1 mil, and are desired because they retain their Victorian character and are in close proximity to the Wandsworth Town train station. The houses are very popular with city workers.
An area of Large Victorian houses bordered by the west side of Wandsworth Common. The
De Morgan Centrehouses a collection of Victorian artwork.
Wandsworth High Street
A rather traffic-choked street, picking up much of the traffic from the A3, the High Street is dominated by the recently-regenerated Southside shopping centre, cinema and restaurant complex (formerly, and still and more commonly, referred to as the
Nearby is Wandsworth prison, which is the largest
prisonin the London area, and the second largest in Britain, after Liverpool.Fact|date=February 2007
Between the town centre and the river lies the site of Young & Co's "Ram Brewery", in the heart of Wandsworth. Traditional draught beer was produced on the site from 1581, which made the Ram Brewery the oldest site in Britain on which beer had been brewed continuously.Fact|date=February 2007 Until late in 2006,
shire horse-drawn brewery drays were still used to deliver beer to local pubs. However, beer production was stopped in September 2006 when Young & Co merged their brewing operations with Charles Wellsof Bedford and a new use for the site is being discussed. Young & Co however still have their Headquarters in Wandsworth.
One of the
underpasses under Wandsworth roundabout was used in the opening scene of "A Clockwork Orange", where a gang of youths beat up a rough sleeper using baseball bats.
The Pet Shop Boys' Iconic "west End Girls" Cover was shot in Charterhouse Works.
In December 2006,
Sport Englandpublished a survey which revealed that residents of Wandsworth were the seventh most active in England in sports and other fitness activities. 27.2% of the population participate at least three times a week for 30 minutes. [cite web | last = Sport England | first = | authorlink = Sport England | coauthors = | title = Active People Survey | work = | publisher = | date = | url = http://www.sportengland.org/index/get_resources/research/active_people/active_people_survey_headline_results.htm | format = | doi = | accessdate = 2007-01-27 ]
In the Genesis song "
The Battle of Epping Forest" (from their album " Selling England by the Pound") about a street fight between rival hoodlum gangs, the nearby prison is referenced: "And his friend, Liquid Len by name, Of wine, women and Wandsworth fame..."
Naveen Andrews— actor
* Alun Armstrong — actor
Marcus Brigstocke— comedian
Martin Bashir— journalist
Tony Blair— former Prime Minister (shared a house with Charlie Falconer in the Tonsleys on Bramford Road)
Jack Dee— comedian/actor
Sophie Dahl— model
Daniel Defoe— author
George Eliot— author
* Lord Charlie Falconer — politician (shared a house with Tony Blair in the Tonsleys on Bramford Road)
Jason Flemyng— actor
Edward Gibbon—English historian
Mark Owen— singer
Ainsley Harriott— TV chef
Keira Knightley— actress
David Lloyd George— former Prime Minister
Kevin Pietersen— cricketer
Gordon Ramsay— chef
Prunella Scales— actor
Jessica Taylor— singer with Liberty X
William Makepeace Thackery— novelist
Johnny Vaughan— television presenter
Voltaire— French philosopher
Emma Ferguson— actress
Timothy West— actor
Holly Willoughby— TV Presenter
* Thomas Craig — actor
Michael Nicholson— journalist
Oliver Krahelski— skiier
Marcus Jones— philanthropist
Jonathan Ansell— singer
Phil Spencer— TV presenter
Frank Bruno— boxer
Chez Bruce, Wandsworth Common
* Piccolino, Wandsworth Common
* Ditto Wandsworth, East Hill
* Konnigans,Old York Rd.
* Brady's Fish Restaurant, Old York Rd
* Le Gothique, The Royal Victoria Patriotic Building
Notable Bars and Pubs
* The Old Sergeant, Garrat Lane
* The Oak, East Hill
* Space Lounge, Wandsworth Highstreet
* The Ship
* The Alma, Old York Rd
* The Waterfront, Battersea Reach
* The County Arms
* The Cats back
* The East Hill, Alma Rd
Places of Interest
Wandsworth Museumand Local History Service
Nearest railway stations:
Wandsworth Town railway station
* Wandsworth Common train station, (one stop from
Clapham Junction, and 12 minutes train ride from Victoria)
Earlsfield railway station, (one stop from Clapham Junction, and 12 minutes train ride from Waterloo Station)
De Morgan Centre
*Southside Shopping Centre
The Borough of Wandsworth Rifle Club
* [http://wandsworthsociety.org.uk/ The Wandsworth Society]
* [http://www.wandsworth.gov.uk/Home/LeisureandTourism/Museum/default.htm Wandsworth Museum and Local History Service]
* [http://www.westcotestudios.co.uk Wandsworth Art Studios]
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