Book published by the Merton Historical Society in 2005, 120 pages. Paperback (N4291P1)
This book provides a fascinating local history of the River Wandle in Mitcham, and the houses, people and industries that once lined its banks. The river flowed through the Surrey village of Mitcham, which is now an area of South London neighbouring Morden and Wimbledon, and sections in the book include:
- Mitcham Bridge
- The Wandle Fishery
- The Watermeads
- The Mill Cottages (No.s 475 to 479 London Road)
- The Mills by Mitcham Bridge - including Copper milling, the flour mills, the snuff mills, the Surrey Iron Railway, The Grove and Crown mills, and Mitcham Hair and Fibre mills
- Wandle Grove or Wandle House and the Brookfields Estate
- The Surrey Brewery
From the rear side cover: Flowing beneath the 18th century Mitcham Bridge, the River Wandle has for a thousand years or more defined the boundary between Mitcham and its neighbours - Carshalton and Morden. Meadows once lined its banks and now survive as parkland, a sportsground anf the National Trust's Watermead. An important wetland habitat, the latter is managed as a nature reserve.
Before the Norman conquest the river powered a Saxon cornmill, and over the centuries served industries as diverse as flour and copper milling, paper making, snuff grinding and the manufacture of felt and upholstery materials. All have now gone, but one mill still stands, converted into dwellings, and picturesque riverside cottages remain as links to the past.
The condition of the book is generally excellent. The covers are clean and bright, the spine is intact and all pages are clean, intact, unblemished and tightly bound. There is a small price sticker on the rear side cover