Whilst we, the good people of the Magdalen Estate, spend many a happy day enjoying the space and facilities that Wandsworth Common provides for us, we are blissfully unaware of the huge amount of history that surrounds it, that has shaped the common we can all appreciate today. Way back in the 11th Century, Wandsworth Common was mentioned in the Domesday book, and, like most of such land, was set aside as a communal area for the general public to graze their animals, and search for wood for fuel. It was in the late eighteenth century that the common was beginning to be dissected by roads and railways, with local councils putting the pressure on for further development. The vicar of Battersea was so strongly apposed changing the open green space that was so useful and a pleasure for so many, that after much fundraising and campaigning, he saw the Wandsworth Commons Act passed in 1871, securing its protection for the indefinite future. It is thanks to him we are still able to enjoy it.
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