Watermeads, Wandle

Watermeads, Wandle

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Partial / Incomplete Date September 1927
Area Mitcham
Copyright 1 F Wells
Picture Reference Mit_​Rivers_​Waterways_​2-14
Original Format Postcard
Notes / History This is one of a group of 3 postcards showing the Watermeads area of the Wandle upstream of Mitcham Bridge in 1927.

Purchased by the National Trust 14 years earlier, Watermeads had been left in the hands of a local committee “whose policy was very much one of laissez-faire in the belief that, in the main, nature was best left to care for itself.”*

This policy was subsequently questioned but it is clear that – when the photos were taken –this hands-off approach provided a very pleasing naturalistic environment.

*Mitcham Bridge, The Watermeads and the Wandle Mills: E. N. Montagu

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