Putney is a large district of south-west London that lies on the south bank of the River Thames, to the south-east of Barnes and Mortlake. The name dates from Saxon times and is believed to mean "Putta's landing-place", but the area has been settled since at least the Iron Age.
For much of its history Putney was a rural area with the main industries being farming and fishing right up until the 19th century. The district has also long been important as a crossing point of the River Thames.
The area began to be developed throughout the 17th and 18th centuries, as Putney became a popular country retreat for wealthy Londoners. But it wasn't until the 19th century that development of the area changed Putney to the residential suburb that it is today.
Much of the architecture of present day Putney dates from the late 19th century and so the feel of the district is remains that of an elegant Victorian suburb. As a result the district remains a much sought after area, with little of the industrial atmosphere of some parts of south London.
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