By 1731, the original building was badly in need of repair, and in 1740 Andrew Hisgood, a tenant on the premises, wrote: “The first winter of our coming to this troublesome house we lighted the fire thirty times….. and my wife tells me that she has been above one and a half hours a-laying and a-lighting and a-blowing the fire to a good heat.” The surrounding area was damp and often flooded, so that Quakers seriously considered building a wooden walkway across the fields to ensure they could come to meeting without the hindrance of walking a longer way round in wet weather.
The secluded burial ground is an oasis of peace in the noise and bustle of Wandsworth High Street. Many old gravestones remain, including members of the Hanbury family (Allen and Hanbury pharmaceuticals). Thomas Hanbury gave his house at Wisley to the Royal Horticultural Society.
In the 1930s, Wandsworth Meeting House provided a venue for the Adult School movement (originally founded by the Religious Society of Friends in the middle of the C19th), and acted as a centre, offering sympathetic help for unemployed people. Since the middle of the C20th, considerable improvements have been made to the adjoining rooms and to the caretakers flat. C21st improvements have included good insulation and draft proofing to the meeting room, which not only makes us more comfortable in Meeting for Worship, but also reduces our environmental footprint.
Updated 5 August 2021
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