When you think of the Wandsworth area of London you generally don’t think of too many famous people. While there aren’t many currently that call Wandsworth home, there are some with past connections to this part of town.
1. Pete Townshend of The Who
Legendary British rock band The Who recorded their album titled Quadrophenia at Wandsworth’s Ramport Studios in 1973. The band sound-proofed a church in the area to create this studio. Rumor has it that Who guitarist Pete Townshend met a lot of eager fans here when he popped out for a packet of cigarettes during a break in recording. Other musicians that have gone through Rampart’s doorway include Thin Lizzy and the Sex Pistols. The studio is now called Battersea Fields Medical Practice.
2. Clement Attlee
Attlee is arguably one of the most famous people in Wandsworth – as the NHS was created during his time being prime minister from 1945 to 1951. It’s true that he has certainly had a profound influence on the life of the borough. He was actually born in Putney in January 1883 and grew up in a house in Portinscale Road. A green plaque signifies the spot where Attlee lived and pays tribute to the life of a man who helped mastermind the welfare state. In 2004 a MORI poll of 139 academics revealed that Attlee was the greatest British prime minister of the 20th century. The man from Wandsworth did great things.
3. Tony Blair
Tony Blair is another former prime minister with a connection to Wandsworth. Blair lived in a flat on Bramford Road, Wandsworth with his friend named Charlie Falconer when they were young barristers in the 1970s. Blair and Falconer must have been good friends as the Prime Minister later made him Lord Chancellor and made him in charge of running the Millenium Dome. This resulted in Falconer being nicknamed ‘Dome Secretary’.
4. Thomas Hardy
When he was just 38 years old, this great British novelist and poet settled in Wandsworth. In the same year he published ‘The Return of the Native’. Hardy spent much of his days in Wandsworth travelling the short distance to the British Museum to research topics used in his book ‘The Trumpet Major’.
5. Jack Dee
While most of the other people on this list were just born in Wandsworth or lived there for a little while, comedian Jack Dee is living proof that some like Wandsworth and never want to leave. Dee lives with his family near Wandsworth Common where he can commonly be seen walking his dog. If you see Jack on the common I’m sure he’d appreciate a hello.
6. Margaret Rutherford
Stage and screen actress Margaret Rutherford was born in the borough of Wandsworth, in 1892. Despite appearing in hugely popular film adaptations of Blithe Spirit and The Importance of Being Earnest, she is definitely known for playing the role of Miss Marple in the 1960s films which were based on Agatha Christie’s novels. The actress has had an area of London named after her.
Although the London borough of Wandsworth is not somewhere that you would expect famous people to live there are some that have connections to this area of town.