Heritage Service

About the Heritage Service

Searching the archive catalogue

Archives of the borough can be found by searching our archive catalogue. Please contact us in advance if you would like to see archive material as it is not always possible to get it out on the day. 

You can use our resources to find out about Battersea councillor John Archer, who was one of Britain 's first black mayors, or St Mary's Church in Putney, the headquarters of Oliver Cromwell's Parliamentarians during the English Civil War.  The records we hold include:

  • World War II air raid reports
  • Justice of the Peace minutes 
  • Diaries and letters of local residents such as the poet Edward Thomas 
  • Records of the historic civil parishes that made up the borough: Battersea, Clapham, Putney, Streatham, Tooting and Wandsworth 
  • Records of the Wandsworth District Board of Works
  • Records of local organisations, from political parties to cricket clubs

We also have access to online resources such as Ancestry Library and sell local history publications.

Local history resources

More information about archives and other resources available for researching the history of the borough can be found in this Local and Family History Resources guide by Dorian Gerhold.

Photographs

You can see some of the many historic images of the borough on our Flickr photostream.  If you would like copies of these or would like to know what other photographs we have, please contact the Heritage Service.

Many original records relating to Wandsworth are held by other organisations, such as the London Metropolitan Archives.