A Willow on Mitcham Common
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|Copyright 1||London Borough of Merton|
|Photographer / Origin of Photo||Tom Francis|
|Notes / History||Mitcham was renowned for its fine willow trees, which were used to make cricket bats and basketry.
Local shopkeeper and photographer, Tom Francis, described how washerwomen living around Cricket Green and Mitcham Common often used willow bows to secure their laundry. Where a prop had been fixed into the soil, it occasionally took root and grew into a fair sized tree.