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Wandsworth Society of Friends Burial Ground
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The meeting house is near the old medieval centre of Wandsworth Town which grew up by a river crossing of the River Wandle near where it joined the Thames. Wandsworth High Street follows the old road. From early times it was an important manufacturing centre, and by the 19th century industries included drug grinding, snuff milling, silk printing, felt making and calico bleaching.

In the 17th and 18th centuries Huguenots fleeing persecution had settled here, and the area became a centre of different Christian communities, with Baptist, Methodist and United Reform Churches nearby. The site of the Meeting House and burial ground was land originally given by Edward the Confessor to the Abbots of Westminster before 1066. It was given to the Earls of Spencer after the Dissolution of the Monasteries in 1538.

Copyhold on a small house, shop and three sheds on this land was held by Joan Stringer, a local Quaker, who in 1674 underleased this to the Society of Friends. The first Meeting House was built in 1674 and cost 202. Joan Stringer is buried in the burial ground, with a stone recording her as 'giver of the ground'. In 1778 the present Meeting House was built with the original flagstones kept to form a passageway; it was once of the first properties in the area to have a piped gas supply. The cottage on the street was probably here 300 years ago, given a new front in 1927; in 1955 the side entrance was covered over. The burial ground has many of the old gravestones, including members of the Hanbury family; Thomas Hanbury had a house at Wisley which he later gave to the Royal Horticultural Society.

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