As a matter of academic record, I would like to wish damnation upon Oscar Wilde (‘unidentified hand’ indeed), the Google Maps geeks who persistently refer to Battersea as Wandsworth, and the census-takers who covered the former area during the 1891 census.
As for the man, woman or child who tore the page recording Enumeration District 9 of Wandsworth some time between 1891 and January 2009, I rain curses down upon them.
Dr Sophie Duncan is Fellow in English at Christ Church, University of Oxford. She works regularly as a historical advisor and as a dramaturg for theatre, TV, radio and film. She likes theatre, detective fiction and cocktails.