Southfields History

Southfields may not be the most famous part of London, but it has a fascinating history.  This has been recorded in several publications and collections, all of which are available to view, that trace the history of both the Grid and the wider SW18 area.

If you have something of interest regarding the local history of the Southfields Grid, please don’t discard it, contact us at 

Roomy Villas

This short and informative history of the Southfields Grid was written in 2000 by local resident and social historian Neil Robson.  It traces the history of the area from before the development of the railways to the late 1990’s.  An online copy of the book may be found by using the following link: 

For anyone interested in buying the paperback version, there are usually copies available via or at reasonable prices.  You can also borrow a copy from our local Southfields library in Wimbledon Park Road, of course.  The author can be contacted at


The Building of the Southfields Grid c.1860-1910

In view of the continuing interest in the evolution of our area, the Wandsworth Historical Society has decided to re-release this fascinating history.  It was first published in the late 1990’s by the Wandsworth Historical Society.  Author Keith Bailey details the history of how the Grid was developed by builders, the background to its development from fields and orchards, and which builders were involved in the process.

To open this fully-searchable version, go to the website below and click on the relevant link.


The changing face of Southfields

Copies of Simon Catling’s book The Changing Face of Southfields are available to borrow from Southfields Library and other branches.  This was a study produced in 1978 in collaboration with a number of school PTA members.



SGRA Treasurer Chris Puleston has collected and curates an comprehensive collection of old postcards printed in the early part of the 20th Century.  It’s a fascinating record of every street in the Grid and beyond, pictures taken at a moment in time when Grid houses were all new, a time before colour printing, cars and yellow lines!

To find out more please contact Chris at