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First Reading

Terry Foreman  •  Link

Putney appears in the Domesday Book of 1086 as Putelei. It was noted that it was not a manor, but obtained 20 shillings from the ferry or market toll at Putney belonging to Mortlake.[3]

The ferry was mentioned in the household accounts of Edward I (1272–1307): Robert the Ferryman of Putney and other sailors received 3/6d for carrying a great part of the royal family across the Thames and also for taking the king and his family to Westminster.


The first bridge of any kind between the two parishes of Fulham and Putney was built during the Civil War: after the Battle of Brentford in 1642, the Parliamentary forces built a bridge of boats between Fulham and Putney. According to an account from the period:

"The Lord General hath caused a bridge to be built upon barges and lighters over the Thames between Fulham and Putney, to convey his army and artillery over into Surrey, to follow the king's forces; and he hath ordered that forts shall be erected at each end thereof to guard it; but for the present the seamen, with long boats and shallops full of ordnance and musketeers, lie there upon the river to secure it."[5]

The first permanent bridge between Fulham and Putney was completed in 1729, and was the second bridge to be built across the Thames in London (after London Bridge).…

Second Reading

San Diego Sarah  •  Link

"Owing to its healthy and open situation, Putney is a favorite spot for charitable institutions, as it was for two centuries for ladies’ schools. ...

"... in his “Diary,” under date of April 16, 1649, John Evelyn tells us he “went to Putney by water in barge, with divers ladies, to see the Schools or Colleges of the Young Gentlewomen.” These schools were probably those known to have been kept by a Mrs. B. Makins, who was one of the cleverest and most learned women of her time, and had been tutor to the Princess Royal, Elizabeth, daughter of King Charles."

For lots of miscellaneous information about Putney, Putney Heath and Roehampton including the famous 1667 duel between George Villiers, 2nd Duke of Buckingham and the Earl of Shrewsbury, see


San Diego Sarah  •  Link

In 1665 seventy-four people died of the plague in Putney; and in 1666 ten persons only.

It may be observed that its ravages were much less fatal here than at Mortlake, although the parish is more populous, and the communication with London must have been more frequent, Putney being a considerable thoroughfare.…

San Diego Sarah  •  Link

Pepys seems to have enjoyed going to St. Mary's Church, Putney. He does it from time to time throughout the Diary, never mentions the vicar's name, but usually remarks on the "fine people" in the congregation. It is located by the Thames, so it would be a nice boat ride for him on a Sunday morning.

St. Mary's Church (in full, the Church of St. Mary the Virgin), Putney, is an Anglican church in Putney, London, sited next to the River Thames, ... There has been a centre of Christian worship on this site from at least the 13th century, ,,. It is also noteworthy because in 1647, during the English Civil War, the church was the site of the Putney Debates on the English constitution.

Inscribed on a wall of the church is a quote from the Putney debates (1647) by Col. Thomas Rainsborough:
"For really I think that the poorest he that is in England hath a life to live, as the greatest he."…

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