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Promoting Putney as a welcoming place to shop, live and work.

Make Putney a safer and cleaner town centre.

Encouraging Putney businesses to work together

Fun Facts

T-rex Tragedies

Marc Bolan, lead singer of glam rock band T-rex, lived on Upper Richmond road. Sadly, on the 16th September 1977, Marc was the passenger of a purple mini which crashed on Queens Ride. The Sycamore tree, which the car came to rest at, has become a lasting tribute for Bolan and the music he brought to the world in the 70s.

Big ideas

Putney was home to the Putney Debates in 1647. Oliver Cromwell negotiated a settlement with defeated King Charles I in St Mary’s Church. Some of the ideas which were debated included, the right to a democratically elected parliament, rather than with a monarch; and freedom from conscription into the armed forces. The Putney Debates inspired much of the language for the US Declaration of Independence. For more information on St Mary’s Church, visit http://stmarys.parishofputney.com/

Football Favourites

Gary Lineker is regularly spotted on Putney High Street. Gary Lineker is a retired English footballer and current sports broadcaster, with his most well-known role being the presenter for Match of the Day.

Famous friends

Pierce Brosnan attended Elliot School in Putney, now known as Ark Putney Academy.

Bridge in Retaliation

In 1720 Sir Robert Walpole was returning from seeing George I at Kingston on Thames. He was in a hurry to get to the House of Commons and so rode with his servant to Putney to catch the ferry across to Fulham. Unfortunately, the ferry boat was on the opposite side of the river and the waterman, who was getting more and more drunk in the Swan, ignored the calls of Sir Robert. Sir Robert and his servant were forced to take another route and Sir Robert vowed on that day a bridge would replace the ferry.

Bridge Vs Bus

In 2014, the 424 bus mounted the pavement and crashed through the stone wall of Putney bridge, which caused the bus to hang over the edge. The bus driver could only be freed by the London Fire Brigade. Luckily no one suffered serious injuries.

Murderous mentions

Serial killer, John Christie, was arrested on the embankment near Putney Bridge in 1953. All he was carrying on his possession was a few coins and a newspaper clipping about the remand of Timothy Evans, the man who was wrongfully arrested and sentenced to death for Christie’s crimes three years previously.

Second the Best

Putney Bridge was the second bridge to be built after London Bridge. Before, it would have been very difficult to get to central London.

Bridge Brothers

Putney Bridge is the only bridge in Britain to have a church on both ends. St. Mary's Church, is located on the south bank and All Saints Church, on the north bank.

Your Bridge or mine?

Putney Bridge was originally called Fulham Bridge.

The oldest pint

Henry Scarth, a local solicitor and property developer, was developing the area, of which is around The Arab Boy pub today, in the mid-nineteenth century. Scarth built The Arab Boy in 1849 and named it after Yussef Sirrie, a boy that he met in Turkey in 1843. Yussef became Scarths servant and eventually became landlord of the pub. The Arab boy is the oldest pub in Putney.

Tudor ties

Thomas Cromwell, who was chief minister for King Henry VIII between 1532 and 1540, was born in Putney around 1485; the exact date is unknown.

Council tax lows

Putney is in the Wandsworth Borough, which has had the cheapest council tax in the whole country. Putney and Westminster have been competing for the cheapest council tax for at least the last ten years.

Rowing club glory

There are more than 20 rowing clubs on the riverside of Putney, and many of these have trained Olympic champions. Mark Aldred, who competed in rowing lightweight four, and Jess Eddie, who is to compete in her third Olympic Games, were both trained at London Rowing Club. London Rowing club is 160 years old. For more information on the London Rowing Club, visit londonrc.org.uk.

The University Boat Race

Putney is very proud to have been home to the University boat race since 1836. This is when Cambridge and Oxford compete to come first in the 4.2-mile race, which begins near Putney Bridge and ends near Chiswick Bridge in Mortlake. Since its inception, the competition has been close with Cambridge’s overall score only beating Oxford by a handful of points. For more information on the University boat race, visit http://theboatraces.org/

Competition Time

Check back soon for the next competition.

Here are the winners of the Positively Putney Christmas window display competition.

Salon Winner: Edward James London
Shop Winner: Farrago
Café Winner: Blåbär London

View full list of winners.