Bishopsford Road: Mitcham Bridge
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|Copyright 1||London Borough of Merton|
|Photographer / Origin of Photo||Tom Francis|
|Notes / History||The old ford near Bishopsford Road, late 19th century.
During the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries it was common for drivers to take their wagons through the ford to wet the cartwheels and so prevent them from drying out and cracking. The ford also provided a welcome refreshment break for tired horses.