Wandle bridge pictured near Grove Mill, Mitcham

Wandle bridge pictured near Grove Mill, Mitcham

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Partial / Incomplete Date c.1893
Area Mitcham
Copyright 1 London Borough of Merton
Picture Reference Mit_​TomFrancis_​Ln78
Original Format Photo
Photographer / Origin of Photo Tom Francis
Notes / History This bridge is thought to date form c.1759 when the parishes of Mitcham and Morden were criticised by Surrey magistrates for failing to maintain an earlier structure.

During the Victorian era the waters near the bridge were teeming with trout and fishing rights were controlled by the Wandle Fisheries Association,
a private angling society.

Following the outbreak of
World War II the bridge was strengthened and the road widened. The nearby ford was also made impassable by driving in iron girders to act a tank traps in the event of a Nazi invasion.

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