Putney is a great place to live and Justine has lived in West Hill for many years. The parliamentary constituency of Putney stretches from Roehampton in the West, up to the southern side of the River Thames and Putney Bridge in the north and sweeps down through Southfields and West Hill. Putney has fantastic green spaces from Putney Heath to King George’s and Wimbledon Park to name but a few. Although the area has seen much change over its lifetime, there is still a strong sense of community and a real village feel to the area.
Putney, Roehampton and Southfields has a rich history with the first written reference to the area being found in the Doomsday Book of 1086, where it is referred to as ‘Putelei’. Putney was also referenced in Samuel Pepys Diary of 1667, and has been host to many literary figures such as the Victorian poet Swinburne as well as other notable Putney residents such as Antarctic explorer Captain Lawrence Oates.
From the 28th October to 9th November 1647, soldiers and officers of Oliver Cromwell's New Model Army, as well as civilians, held discussions on the constitution and future of England.
This was a crucial point in the fight for democracy and the case for a democratic state was argued, a state that would be based on religious tolerance, rights of property and parliamentary reform. It was iconic as it enabled soldiers to take on their superiors in the fight for democracy and allowed ‘ordinary people’ to have their voices heard.
More recently, parts of central Putney played host to the London 2012 Olympic Cycle Road Race and the Oxford and Cambridge boat race starts from Putney Bridge each year, supported by local residents who enjoy a day out by the river.