From the Archives

From the Archives

As a well known and established building company we are often asked for information about the history of the buildings in the local area.

We do have an interest in this as we often advise on historic buildings. Part of this work is to compile reports on the history of the buildings. For this we need background material and above all we need to know where to find it.

We have put these pages together to share some of the knowledge that we have accumulated, over the decades, as well as some of the documents and where you can find more information if you want it.

Our intention is to guide users to interesting and good quality primary source materials in well run archives.

The main local archives are:-

London Metropolitan Archives

Northamptonshire Archives and Heritage Service

Surrey County Archives

Wandsworth Heritage Service

Some of the pages are works in progress and contain notes as to future avenues of research. We have outlined future pages that we are working on.

If you want to be notified of updates to these pages then please sign up by send us an email and we will add you to the mailing list. This is a sign up for the archives pages ONLY.

For schools access to password protected areas or other enquiries please email us.

We have also used:-

Staffordshire County Archives – for material relating to the Duke of Sutherland

Magdalen College, Oxford Archives – for materials relating to Sophia Sheppard and Magdalen College’s stewardship of the lands of Old Farthing Manor.


The Wimbledon Park Estate and The West Hill Estate

The West Hill Estate and The Wimbledon Park Estates – Part I – John Augustus Beaumont

The money to buy The West Hill and Wimbledon Park Estates – Where did John Augustus Beaumont obtain it?- Part II

The District Line Crossing Wimbledon Park – Part III – John Augustus Beaumont

The Creation of Wimbldeon Park Road – Part IV – John Augustus Beaumont

The West Hill Estate Developing Into Mass Housing – Haldon Road & Surrounding Roads – Part V – John Augustus Beaumont

Epilogue – Part VI – John Augustus Beaumont

Wimbledon Park – Through Early Photographs – From Before the Start of the AELTC Era


Other Wimbledon Estate Developments

Wimbledon House Estate

Belvedere House Estate



Wandsworth Common, The Toast Rack and Magdalen Estates

This section is in the process of being reorganised as we have discovered considerable new materials which made the previous presentation quite jumbled.

The Manors of All Farthing, Wandsworth and Battersea: Wandsworth Common

The Earl Spencer Years

Sophia Sheppard’s ownership of All Farthing Lands

Wandsworth Common: from the manor to the people

The planning by l’Anson and building of The Toast Rack with Mr Kynock

The planning and building of The Magdalen Estate with Holloway Bros

Wandsworth Common from WWII to the present

Deeds records in Magdalen College Archives

Deeds records in Wandsworth Heritage Service

The Heaver Estates

The Heaver Estate Balham

The Fulham Park Estate – we are researching this – coming soon

The Lavender Sweep Estate – we are researching this – coming soon

Alfred Heaver – a shrewd businessman – we are researching and expanding this – coming soon

King George’s Park and the aqueduct

King George’s Park, nearly was, The Down Estate

A Riddle in a Puzzle of Ownerships – How to Decipher Who Owned What Land?


Hyde Park

The Porchester Estate – Porchester Terrace

The Campden Charities: Butts Fields – Kensington Gate and Hyde Park Gate


The Cubitt Estates – Woburn Walk

Cubitt’s Own Records of Woburn Walk

Our Design Director Rosie Caley wrote a well received thesis for the Architectural Association on Woburn Walk – here we have reproduced the text. We will shortly have a full PDF version with the illustrations. There are some issues with formatting that will be rectified in due course

We will also be adding in some primary source materials that has recently become accessible.

Part I – title page

Part II

Part III

Part  IV

Part V

Part VI

Part VII


Part IX

Part X – Bibliography

Searchable database of The Minutes of Proceedings if the Metropolitan Board of Works

We are in the process of building a fully searchable database of most of the minutes for 1855 to 1889.

We have 43 of the [we think] 52 volumes fully digitised. The reason that this is not 100% clear is that in the early years there was one volume per year and then it went to two volumes per year in about 1864 also there is probably only be one 1889 volume as this was the final year before MBW became LCC.

This section will be password protected as there are rights issues with giving open access. However, schools will be given a password simply by emailing us.

Researchers can find 23 volumes of the minutes freely downloadable from Google Books as searchable PDF’s.


You should assume that all of the images and text on these pages are copyrighted so they should not be reproduced for commercial use.

However, it is fine for school children and students to use the images for their personal study, homework and projects.

If you need to use images for commercial use please ask us and we will do our best to put you in touch with the original rights holders. Alternatively follow the links provided to contact the rights holders yourselves.

Some of the images and documents have been provided to us, by our former clients, for this project and we are very grateful for their allowing them to be used here.

If you see an image in here that you believe is copyright and that you hold the copyright for: please do get in contact with us so that we can resolve this promptly. We do not intend to breach copyright and can in most cases simply swap the image out for another image without issue.