Wandsworth is home to a rich heritage with plenty of architectural and historical character. However, the majority of Wandsworth has developed over the last 200 years with the land before that predominately being fields and woodland.
In addition to Wandsworth, the London Borough of Wandsworth also includes areas such as Balham, Putney and Roehampton.
Originally part of Surrey, Wandsworth district became part of London in 1889 and the London Borough of Wandsworth was formed in 1965.
Roehampton, Putney and Wandsworth started to increase in population from the late 17th and early 18th centuries. However, the London Borough of Wandsworth saw substantial growth towards the end of the 19th Century, which saw Roehampton, Putney and Wandsworth grow further in addition to small hamlets in the Borough transforming into the towns of Balham, Clapham Junction and Tooting.
Timber Windows in Balham and Tooting
The coming of the railways in 1863, saw Balham and Tooting expand from small settlements located along the coach route from London to the South and West of the country into a town.
There are still examples of early Georgian buildings above the shops at 68 and 70 Upper Tooting Road, which have 3 over 3 sash windows on the top floor and larger 6 over 6 Georgian sash windows on the floor below. These are some of the earliest examples of domestic buildings in the Borough.
Nightingale Lane is home to several late 19th Century, Grade II listed terraced properties with unusual double arched sash windows. The road also has beautiful Arts and Crafts style terracotta properties with 4 over 4 sash windows.
Timber Windows in Battersea
Like the other areas of the London Borough of Wandsworth, Battersea grew significantly during the late 19th Century, with the population increasing from 6,600 in 1841 to 169,000 by 1901.
The famous Battersea Power Station, which used to supply electricity to London, was built in 1932 and designed by Sir Giles Gilbert Scott. Today it is used for a variety of leisure activities.
Noteworthy buildings in Battersea include the Station Master’s House on St John’s Hill, which was built around 1840 and has both 6 over 6 and 3 over 6 sash windows.
The Battersea Arts Centre, previously Battersea Town Hall, is a Grade II* listed Victorian town hall that was built in 1893 by E W Mountford. The building was built to serve the growing local community and is home to the world’s first theatre organ built by Robert Hope Jones. The building closed as a town hall in 1965, before becoming an arts centre in 1974. In 2015 a fire engulfed the hall, but luckily the front of the building was saved allowing it to be restored.
Timber Windows in Putney
With its location on the river Thames, Putney was frequently used as a crossing point on the river for people traveling to and from London. The first permanent crossing of the River Thames in Putney was completed in 1729 and at the time this was only the second bridge across the Thames in London, after London Bridge. This meant that many visitors to and from London passed through the town.
Like other towns within the London Borough of Wandsworth, Putney is home to several period properties. A couple of examples of these are 23 and 25 Oakhill Road which were designed in the Arts and Craft Style, by the architect William Young in the late 19th Century. The houses were constructed for himself and his wife’s sister to live in and are Grade II listed.
Timber Windows in Roehampton
Unlike many other areas in the London Borough of Wandsworth, several larger properties were built in Roehampton throughout the 18th and 19th centuries, with the area benefiting from the opening of Putney Bridge in 1729.
Roehampton still has various properties with traditional Georgian sash windows today.
The Grade II* listed Downshire House has been used for educational purposes since 1963. However, it was originally built as a private residence and remained so until 1949. The building is believed to have been built around 1770 and, although it has been altered several times since then, the property still retains its Georgian charm.
Another of the many historical buildings in Roehampton is Roehampton House. The building was designed by the architect Thomas Archer, for the merchant Thomas Cary, between 1710 and 1712. Roehampton House was used as a private home, changing ownership many times over the next couple of centuries. Sir Edwin Lutyens was commissioned to design North and South wings in the early 1900s. During the first World War, the house was requisitioned by the War Office as a hospital for troops. The Grade I listed building remained a hospital until 2006, before being converted into several apartments and homes in 2010.
Timber Windows in Wandsworth Town
Located at one of the crossing points on the River Wandle, Wandsworth was along a popular route for carriages travelling from London to the West of England. The town was famous for its hat industry and the cloth mills saw Huguenots settle in the area in the 18th Century.
As a result, Wandsworth is also home to a selection of Georgian properties, including the Grade II* listed buildings at Church Row, which were built in 1723, and the properties 23 – 27 West Hill, which are Grade II listed.
Like many areas across Central London, Wandsworth is also home to rows of traditional terraced Victorian properties, with bay sash windows. These can be seen along roads such as Melody Road and Haldon Road.
Conservation Area and Listed Buildings in the London Borough of Wandsworth
With the large growth of the Borough in the 19th Century, several traditional period properties with timber sash windows can be seen across the London Borough of Wandsworth.
There are 46 Conservation Areas in total across the Wandsworth Borough, including in Putney, Wandsworth, Battersea and Tooting, helping to retain the heritage of the local area.
There are also around 500 listed buildings in the London Borough of Wandsworth, with roughly an additional 500 buildings that are locally listed.
Replacement Timber Windows in Wandsworth
At The Sash Window Workshop, we have extensive experience replacing timber windows in the London Borough of Wandsworth. We will work with you to sympathetically replace your windows and can comply to conservation area or listed building requirements, when necessary.