Wandle Industrial Museum

Wandle Industrial Museum The museum was founded in 1983. Its mission is to preserve, store, and interpret the heritage and history of the industries and people of the River Wandle.
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It is manned by volunteers. History Museum

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This picture from 1985 shows the Three Kings Pub and Three Kings Pond in Mitcham. Today while the building is still ther...
25/11/2020

This picture from 1985 shows the Three Kings Pub and Three Kings Pond in Mitcham. Today while the building is still there the pub is now offices. Many of the underground streams around and through Mitcham end up flowing into the River Wandle. There is a stream that goes from Pollards Hill, aloing side the Cricket Green and up Church Road before reaching the Wandle. It can be seen in the former Queen's Head in Cricket Green. There is a channel visible at the Tooting and Mitcham FC ground that holds water from Rose Hill that goes into the Wandle. Wimbledon Park lake also flows into the Wandle. As far as we know it has not been confirmed if this pond joins the Wandle.
#lakes #ponds #rivers #streams #pubs #kings #threekings #riverwandle #cricket #cricketgreen #tooting #mitcham #football #queens #head #rosehill #wimbledon #hill #pollardshill #mitchamcricketgreen #memories
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This month each Monday we are sharing work by Arthur Victor Hine (1914-1997). He produced a series of drawings and water...
23/11/2020

This month each Monday we are sharing work by Arthur Victor Hine (1914-1997). He produced a series of drawings and watercolours of the Wandle Valley which with additional information has been donated by his family to the museum.
The Aqueduct, Wandsworth. This structure crossed the Wandle Valley from St Anns Hill to Merton Road. It was built in 1878 as a high level sewer but was not a success. Due to the marshy ground it shut the arches would bow and had to be further supported. It was finally pulled down in 1967 and the sewage diverted underground.
#aqueduct #sewer #sewage #wandsworth #construction #Victorian #drawing #art #artists #history #heritage #structure #wandlevalley #riverwandle #family #donations #artwork

A view of the Morris Works, the River Wandle and Merton High Street around 1890. The Morris Works remained here until 19...
20/11/2020

A view of the Morris Works, the River Wandle and Merton High Street around 1890. The Morris Works remained here until 1940 when they shut down. A few weeks after the site was destroyed by German bombing. The works at Merton Abbey had existed since the mid-1700s. When Morris took over the works he retained many of the buildings from that period. Many of the stained glass windows of designs by Edward Burne-Jones were made at these works.
#stainedglass #williammorris #morrisandco #burnejones #edwardburnejones #preraphaelite #artsandcraftsmovement #merton #riverwandle #highstreet #rivers #german #bombing #works #textiles #oldpictures #oldphotographs #riverviews
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This picture shows the confluence of the River Wandle and the River Thames. The tide is out and there seems to be a fair...
18/11/2020

This picture shows the confluence of the River Wandle and the River Thames. The tide is out and there seems to be a fair amount of industry on the north bank of the Thames. Does anyone have any idea when the picture could have been taken? Note the shell of the barge on the right of the picture.
#riverwandle #riverthames #rivers #views #dates #tide #boats #ships #barges #industry #industries #blackandwhite #blackandwhitephotographs #landscapes #wandsworth #fulham #fina

This month each Monday we are sharing work by Arthur Victor Hine (1914-1997). He produced a series of drawings and water...
16/11/2020

This month each Monday we are sharing work by Arthur Victor Hine (1914-1997). He produced a series of drawings and watercolours of the Wandle Valley which with additional information has been donated by his family to the museum.
This picture by Arthur is his view of what the Surrey Iron Railway may have looked like at Mitcham. The horse drawn railway linked Wandsworth with Croydon. Today the course of Tramlink from Mitcham to Croydon runs on the route of the SIR. The railway existed from 1803 until 1846 and was used by the mills owners along the Wandle Valley.
#railways #surreyironrailway #horses #stations #wagons #mitcham #wandsworth #croydon #tramlink #trams #wandlevalley #drawings #art #artists #views #mills #millowners #owners #platforms #pictures #arthur #victor #hine
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A view of the Lower Mill on the River Wandle at Wandsworth in 1890. In the main used as a corn mill it was for a time in...
13/11/2020

A view of the Lower Mill on the River Wandle at Wandsworth in 1890. In the main used as a corn mill it was for a time in the hands of the Watney family who later went on to be better known for their beer. It was a tidal mill so had to rely on the tide of the River Thames to wash up the River Wandle so they could use their waterwheels to mill the corn. Note the barge in front of the mill.
#mills #corn #cornmills #waterwheels #tidal #riverwandle #riverthames #watney #watneysbeer #beer #tide #barges #oldbuildings #wandsworth #rivers #milling

The museum shares the Lower Green with the Mitcham War Memorial that lists names of those who lost their lives in World ...
11/11/2020

The museum shares the Lower Green with the Mitcham War Memorial that lists names of those who lost their lives in World War One and have no known grave. A couple of years ago the green was covered with poppies. Sadly they have not returned. Today we remember all those who have lost they lives in conflicts across the world. The mills and works along the Wandle Valley during WW1 continued to produce the same products. They use was changed to aid the war effort.
#remembranceday #armisticeday #worldwar #worldwar2 #worldwar1 #conflict #warmemorial #poppies #poppy #wandlevalley #mills #works #factories #mitcham #mitchamcricketgreen #lowergreen #mitchamwarmemorial

This picture shows a building located in the car park of Morden Hall. It is still there today. The building was used as ...
11/11/2020

This picture shows a building located in the car park of Morden Hall. It is still there today. The building was used as the ice house or dairy. It where food, dairy items and other goods would have been kept to maintain their freshness.
#nationaltrust #morden #mordenhall #mordenhallpark #food #dairy #houses #stores #foodstores #fridges #freshness #carparks #snow #snowscenes #forgottenplaces #buildings #ice

This month each Monday we are sharing work by Arthur Victor Hine (1914-1997). He produced a series of drawings and water...
09/11/2020

This month each Monday we are sharing work by Arthur Victor Hine (1914-1997). He produced a series of drawings and watercolours of the Wandle Valley which with additional information has been donated by his family to the museum.
This is a watercolour of the Huguenot cemetery at East Hill, Wandsworth. Many of the Huguenots having been driven out of France found themselves in London and finally to the River Wandle. With the skills and knowledge they had in dyeing and textile printing they soon established a number of works along the Wandle Valley.
#art #painting #drawing #artists #watercolours #huguenots #riverwandle #wandlevalley #france #london #skills #knowledge #textiles #calico #dyeing #works #cemetery #cemeteries #wandsworth #easthill

This picture looks older than the year it was taken. The photo dates from 1967 and shows the workers cottages and Everet...
06/11/2020

This picture looks older than the year it was taken. The photo dates from 1967 and shows the workers cottages and Everett's Folly, a flint built tower in Phipps Bridge Road, Mitcham. The workers would have been employed at the near by calico works at Phipps Bridge that was situated behind Wandle Villa along side the River Wandle. Whilst the view today is same on the left of the picture the right is now filled with housing.
#oldbuildings #oldphotographs #phippsbridge #roads #mitcham #calico #workers #cottages #folly #riverwandle #villa #flint #towers #everett #homes #housing #employed #views #changes
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The museum can still be contacted by e-mail or telephone. We will reply to you as soon as we can hopefully within a few ...
04/11/2020

The museum can still be contacted by e-mail or telephone. We will reply to you as soon as we can hopefully within a few days.
#museums #lockdown #contact #mertonabbeymills #latestnews #wandleindustrialmuseum #wandlevalley #riverwandle #industries
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This is a look at an industry on the River Wandle that is a little different from the normal you would associate with it...
04/11/2020

This is a look at an industry on the River Wandle that is a little different from the normal you would associate with it. Taken in the 1880s the man on the right is William Allsop owner of Allsops Wharf at Wandsworth. Here you can bricks being made. If anyone knows where in Wandsworth this work is taking place then please let us know.
#wandworth #wharf #bricks #builders #allsop #riverwandle #industry #people #businessmen #workers #machines #machinery #brickmaking #factory #work #oldphotographs #blackandwhitephotographs #heritage #history

This month each Monday we are sharing work by Arthur Victor Hine (1914-1997). He produced a series of drawings and water...
02/11/2020

This month each Monday we are sharing work by Arthur Victor Hine (1914-1997). He produced a series of drawings and watercolours of the Wandle Valley which with additional information has been donated by his family to the museum.
This watercolour was done in 1979. It shows the remains of Merton Priory Chapter House before it was covered by the building of Merantun Way, Colliers Wood. In the painting you can see remains of part of Merton Abbey Station in the top left. The pits in the main part of the picture are graves. Today it is possible to visit and see the remains of the Chapter House.
#art #painting #watercolour #colours #artwork #drawing #wandlevalley #wandle #riverwandle #donations #chapterhouse #priory #merton #mertonpriory #mertonabbey #stations #railways #trains #collierswood #graves #pits #buildings #roads #museums #artists #painters
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The Littler family moved from Waltham Abbey and took over the textile print works that we now know as Merton Abbey Mills...
30/10/2020

The Littler family moved from Waltham Abbey and took over the textile print works that we now know as Merton Abbey Mills. When they there it was known as Littler's Factory. This can be found as the address on a number of census records for the workers that lived on the cottages within the grounds. As to this building it was home to the Littler family. In front of it can be seen the railway line that took passengers and goods from Wimbledon to Tooting stopping at Merton Abbey station.
#walthamabbey #merton #collierswood #mertonabbey #railways #stations #wimbledon #tooting #homes #houses #printworks #textiles #textileprintworks #factories #census #cottages #address #buildings #littler #mertonabbeymills #trains #goods #passengers #photosofhouses #blackandwhitephotographs #oldphotos

This stained glass window was produced by Morris & Co at their Merton Abbey works. It was a joint design by William Morr...
28/10/2020

This stained glass window was produced by Morris & Co at their Merton Abbey works. It was a joint design by William Morris and Edward Burne-Jones. It can be found in Holy Trinity Church, Sloane Street, London.
#williammorris #wmorrisandco #morrisandco #burnejones #edwardburnejones #mertonabbey #holytrinitychurch #stainedglass #preraphaelite #designs #patterns #artsandcrafts #artsandcraftsmovement #churches #windows #people #londonchurches @wmorrisandco @williammorrissocietyuk

This is a view of Deeds Mill also known as Eagle Leather Works at the end of Willow Lane, Mitcham. You can just make out...
26/10/2020

This is a view of Deeds Mill also known as Eagle Leather Works at the end of Willow Lane, Mitcham. You can just make out the two channels of water. These formed an island where at one time there sat a Logwood Mill. It could never be decided if it was located in Mitcham or Carshalton! Today the River Wandle has been restored to its original course. Deeds produced high quality leather used in buckskin coats like that worn by the football commentator John Motson OBE.
#mills #mitcham #carshalton #logwood #leather #willow #lanes #water #riverwandle #rivers #channels #deeds #eagle #works #industry #football #commentator #obemedal #OBE #photographsinblackandwhite #oldblackandwhitephotographs #industrialphotographs #industrialbuildings #industrialviews #chimneys #woodenbuildings #oldbuildings #views

This view of Chuters' Chamois Leather Works could have been taken from the old Wimbledon FC ground at Plough Lane.  Situ...
23/10/2020

This view of Chuters' Chamois Leather Works could have been taken from the old Wimbledon FC ground at Plough Lane. Situated at the end of Copper Mill Lane off Plough Lane the building on the left is all that remains of the works. In front of it you can just see the water channel that was cut to feed the building that housed the second largest waterwheel in the country. This channel has since been filled in.
#leather #chamois #chamoisleather #wimbeldonfc #copper #works #mills #waterwheels #iindustrialbuildings #factories #wimbledon #industrialphotographs #blackandwhitephotographs

A number of people will recognise this waterwheel. It is the wheel at Merton Abbey Mills. This picture was taken in 1958...
21/10/2020

A number of people will recognise this waterwheel. It is the wheel at Merton Abbey Mills. This picture was taken in 1958 when the site was still the Liberty Print Works. Did you know however that the wheel at the sister mill - Bennett's Mill - that sat on Bennett's Ditch was more powerful than the Liberty wheel?
#waterwheels #waterpower #mills #mertonabbeymills #liberty #libertylondon #printworks #works #riverwandle #rivers #streams #collierswood #mertonabbey @mertonabbeymills #industry #industrialbuildings #oldphotos #blackandwhitephotographs

Something a little different to start the week for our followers. This bridge goes over the railway line between Wimbled...
19/10/2020

Something a little different to start the week for our followers. This bridge goes over the railway line between Wimbledon and West Croydon. It enables you to walk from Morden Hall Park, over the line and continue to Merton Abbey Mills passing Deen City Farm. Of course today it is no longer a railway line having been replaced by Tramlink. The bridge has been removed and you cross the tram line keeping your eyes open over the single track.
#railways #wimbledon #morden #mordenhallpark #nationaltrust #mertonabbeymills #deencityfarm #trams #tramlink #railwayline #bridges #crossing #westcroydon #croydon #trains #memories

The Friends of Mitcham Common calendar is available from the Wandle Industrial Museum. Cost £10. Visit us on a Wednesday...
18/10/2020

The Friends of Mitcham Common calendar is available from the Wandle Industrial Museum. Cost £10. Visit us on a Wednesday or Sunday to pick up your copy.
#mitcham #mitchamcommon #friends #friendsofmitchamcommon #mitchamcommunity #commons #greenspace #ponds #trees #landscape #views #calendars #wandleindustrialmuseum
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This picture of the Middle Mill in Wandsworth was taken prior to 1898. It was in that year that the mill was pulled down...
16/10/2020

This picture of the Middle Mill in Wandsworth was taken prior to 1898. It was in that year that the mill was pulled down. A mill had existed on the site since at least 1504. A brazil mill the brazil wood was ground down into a powder that was used as a red dye. One name associated with the mill that of Watney. Members of the brewing family used the mill for corn. For a short period the mill also had a windmill to supplement the waterwheels.
#wandsworth #brazil #brazilwood #dye #mills #windmill # powder #wood #watney #brewers #brewery #corn #oldphotographs #blackandwhitephotos #riverwandle #industrialbuildings #millbuildings #red #waterwheel #water #wheel #history

What are these men doing? It says in our record of the photograph that it is cloth being dyed. It is possible that the c...
14/10/2020

What are these men doing? It says in our record of the photograph that it is cloth being dyed. It is possible that the cloth is being put into indigo dye. The picture was likely taken at the Liberty Print Works, now Merton Abbey Mills.
#menworking #libertylondon #cloth #dyeing #indigo #dyes #mertonabbeymills #mills #works #factories #workers #industry #industryprocess #equipment #dyeingequipment #blackandwhitephotographs #oldphotos #collierswood #mertonabbey #liberty @mertonabbeymills

This is one of the photographs included in a calendar produced by the Friends of Mitcham Common. It can be surprising wh...
13/10/2020

This is one of the photographs included in a calendar produced by the Friends of Mitcham Common. It can be surprising what people dump! We are pleased to let you know that the calendar is available from the Wandle Industrial Museum. Cost £10. Visit us on a Wednesday or Sunday to pick up your copy.
#mitcham #mitchamcommon #friends #friendsofmitchamcommon #mitchamcommunity #commons #dumping #rubbish #greenspace #pianos #trees #landscape #views #calendars #wandle #wandleindustrialmuseum
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This is potentially the new home of the Wandle Industrial Museum. The picture shows the rear of Ravensbury Mill in 1984 ...
12/10/2020

This is potentially the new home of the Wandle Industrial Museum. The picture shows the rear of Ravensbury Mill in 1984 when it was occupied by Whitelys an American company who made a range of rubber goods. In the picture you can see the mill pond to the mill. behind the duck blue doors are two water wheels. One of these was used to supply electricity to the building into the early 1970s. Some of the mill is now housing.
#mills #ravensbury #riverwandle #housing #waterwheels #morden #mitcham #whiteleys #rubber #industry #industrialbuildings #ponds #millpond #electricity #history #heritage #museum #american #business #works

This watercolour painted in 1894 shows Merton High Street and the Morris Works. It was printed by William Harold Knight ...
09/10/2020

This watercolour painted in 1894 shows Merton High Street and the Morris Works. It was printed by William Harold Knight a colleague of William Morris. What can you recognise?
#merton #williammorris #morrisandco #riverwandle #rivers #pubs #highstreet #industry #watercolours #painting #art #swans #buildings #scenes #roads #oldpictures #oldscenes #artwork @wmorrisandco @williammorrissocietyuk

By the 1940s this is all that remained of the textile print works that for a while was known as The Willows. Located on ...
07/10/2020

By the 1940s this is all that remained of the textile print works that for a while was known as The Willows. Located on the east bank of the River Wandle it extended from Riverside Drive to Willow Lane. The works had existed from the middle 1500s until it was taken over as a watercress and pig farm in the late 1800s. The watercress was grown in the channels made to bleach cloth before it was printed on. The chimney and water wheel were finally pulled down in the 1950s.
#mitcham #riverwandle #chimneys #waterwheel #watercress #pigs #farms #textiles #print #printing #channels #works #mills #cloth #bleaching #wandle #willows #industry #remains #food #farming #history

This scene looks very different today. This is a view of what is now Merton Abbey Mills as it looked prior to it becomin...
05/10/2020

This scene looks very different today. This is a view of what is now Merton Abbey Mills as it looked prior to it becoming the Liberty Print Works. Liberty took over the works from the Littler family in the early 1900s. They pulled down all the existing buildings that can be seen here and replaced them with what you see on the site today.
#mertonabbey #collierswood #mertonabbeymills #libertylondon #textiles #works #factories #riverwandle #liberty #industrialbuildings #oldphotographs #industry #woodenbuildings #print #mills #rivers #abbey #family #buildings

This shows haymaking taking place on the Morden Hall Estate prior to the Second World War. Morden Hall Park, as it is no...
02/10/2020

This shows haymaking taking place on the Morden Hall Estate prior to the Second World War. Morden Hall Park, as it is now known, was given over to the National Trust following the death of Gilliat Hatfeild. The Hatfeild family had moved from Wandle Villa and taken over the Morden Hall Estate in the 1870s. They first lived in Morden Cottage before moving into Morden Hall. When the snuff mills closed in the 1920s Hatfeild found the workers other employment on the estate.
#nationaltrust #morden #mordenhallpark #haymaking#farming #farms #hatfeild #wandle #riverwandle #workers#employment #jobs #housing #villa #cottages #halls #estates #parks #openspace #mills #snuff #tobacco #secondworldwar

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