Putney (pŭtˈnē) [key], ward of Wandsworth borough, London, England. It is the starting point of the Oxford-Cambridge boat races. Thomas Cromwell and Edward Gibbon were born in Putney, and Algernon Swinburne and William Pitt lived there. Putney Heath was the scene of a duel in 1798 between Pitt and George Tierney and of one in 1809 between Lord Castlereagh and George Canning.

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