The History of Putney in London

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Putney History

Historic Putney

The history of Putney
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There are many historic attractions in Putney; once an ancient Parish in the county of Surrey, it was in 1855 that Putney became included in the Borough of Wandsworth. Putney was very much an agricultural village, and by the 1840s it was still the case, however it also had a very important role in civil engineering in London, due to its useful location next to the River Thames.

Places of historic interest include St Marys Church, located by Putney Bridge, it houses brasses dating back to 1476, originally built in Medieval times, it was later rebuilt in the Tudor period and then reconstructed and restored again in 1836.

Beneath Putney Bridge you are able to still see the cages where it is rumoured that criminals were kept, in order to punish them.

History of Putney

Putney is home to the second bridge that crossed the River Thames; the permanent wooden bridge was first erected between Fulham and Putney in 1729 and was made from wood. In 1886 the bridge was replaced by the still-standing stone bridge, which was then widened in 1933. Previous to this there had been a ferry that crossed the river for access.

Putney was very much a place that was visited for leisure and recreation, Queen Elizabeth I herself was a frequent visitor. The population of Putney expanded fairly rapidly after 1846 when the railway to Richmond opened and also with the opening of the Underground in 1887.

Putney is famed for The University Boat Race; the race has started here since 1856, the beginning a little way up from Putney Bridge. The boat race is held annually every spring between Oxford University Boat Club and Cambridge University Boat Club and attracts thousands.

Modern Day Putney

Today Putney is a very pretty area in Southwest London that is still enjoyed for leisure and recreation much like it used to be, its proximity to the River Thames draws a large crowd looking to enjoy not only rowing, but also runs and bike rides alongside the River’s edge. Generally today wealthy professionals populate the area, as the price to live in such a picturesque area is fairly high.