If you went back in time two hundred years, your home in Wandsworth wouldn’t be there. In fact, you wouldn’t recognise Wandsworth at all. At that time, Wandsworth was largely just fields and wooded areas.
So, how did Wandsworth go from farmland and woods to the beautiful place it is today? Well, the story isn’t uncommon in London. Wandsworth, like many suburbs of London, was just a small hamlet. There could’ve been a few farmers in Wandsworth for hundreds of years. They would be growing crops and raising animals and then selling their wares in the city.
However, one day life in Wandsworth changed forever. This was due to the railway. So many small villages and hamlets around London became suburbs when the railway began connecting them to the city centre. Suddenly Londoners could leave the smoke and smog behind and live in the country. This exact thing happened in Wandsworth at the end of the 19th century. It went from a tiny hamlet with perhaps just a few farms and a very small community to a town almost overnight.
Imagine what a farmer from Wandsworth must think of it now. I like to think they’d be happy with the changes. I bet they would love the beautiful buildings, the drainage, the electricity!