Willow Lane and Beddington Corner, by E Montague
Book published by the Merton Historical Society in 2012, 143 pages. Paperback (N5039P1)
This book provides a fascinating local history of the Willow Lane and Beddington Corner areas of Mitcham in South London, and sections in the book include:
- Medieval Landowners
- The Willow Lane Estates during the Tudor Period
- A Century of Change (1607-1688)
- The Logwood Mills
- The 18th Century Whitsters
- The Calico Printers
- Mitcham Bridge: Copper, Flour and Leather
- Along the Carshalton Road
- The Surrey Iron Railway
- From Farmland to Industrial Estate
From the rear side cover: The history of what became the Willow Lane industrial estate in the 20th century can be traced back to the Romano-British period, but it was from the late 16th century that industry was attracted to this part of Mitcham, where the Wandle was a source of pure water and, above all, power. In their time textile bleaching and printing, the production of dyes, leather manufacture, copper and flour milling were to be found here, but all have now gone, to be replaced in the last century by a diversity of businesses. During the Victorian era, before development had commenced, market gardening and watercress growing were also major activities, supplying the London markets. This book is an attempt to bring together, as a coherent narrative, elements in the complex history of what still remains for many a little known corner of Mitcham.
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.