kino kino kino kino The Putney Society - Putney Society Meeting - Putney Velodrome. Monday 3rd June, Community Church, Werter Road, SW15 2LL


Putney Society Meeting - Putney Velodrome. Monday 3rd June, Community Church, Werter Road, SW15 2LL

Event Date: Jun 03, 2019

Come along to the Community Church on Monday 3rd June at 7:30 to learn more about the brief, but popular, life of the Putney Velodrome

The Victorians left many marks on London - The Houses of Parliament, Tower Bridge, the Albert Hall and not least Bazalgette's sewers, but one Victorian building craze has barely survived; the velodrome.   From East London's Memorial Park to East Sheen in the West, via Catford, Herne Hill, Westminster and Putney the last decade or so of the 19th Century saw velodromes built across the city. 

Today all of these velodromes have disappeared, with the notable exception of Herne Hill.  

As part of the Putney Society's contribution to the Wandsworth Heritage Festival, Pat Heery will talk about the history of the Putney Velodrome, built in the 1890's in an area bounded by the present day Landford, Hotham and Erpingham Roads.

Although attracting large crowds sadly it could not compete with the profits to be made from developing the land for housing and by 1906 the velodrome had gone; a fate shared with many others in London.

 

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