Merton Heritage Discovery Day

Welcome to the Merton Heritage Discovery page - this is a new resource linked to our annual celebration of Merton's colourful past. 

On this page you will find: Online displays, talks, archive film, useful weblinks, research tips, heritage trails, quizzes, word searches and assorted children's resources.

The resources on show here have been produced by the staff and volunteers of Merton Heritage Service. We are also very grateful to colleagues in local museums, historical and community groups for kindly allowing us to make use of material from their respective websites and collections.

 

Online Displays:

Phipps Bridge, Mitcham

Colliers Wood: Did You Know?

Phipps Bridge

Lost Pubs of Merton

Cricket, Golf & Speedway

Morden Cinema 1930s

Faith, Hope and Charity

Odeon Cinemas

Joseph Ely & the department store

 

District line, Wimbledon Park

Wimbledon: Did You Know?

The District Line in Merton

Wimbledon Park & Capability Brown

Wimbledon Common

Mitcham Athletics Club c.1920

Mitcham : Did You Know?

From Green to Green

Around Cricket Green

Mitcham Athletics Club

The Cranmers & the Simpsons

 

Morden Park House, 1940s

Morden: Did You Know?

Morden Hall Park

Morden Park

Morden Heritage : Part 1

Morden Heritage: Part 2

Haig Homes and the Gurkhas

Pollards Hill Library

Merton Park : Did You Know?

Pollards Hill: Did You Know?

Raynes Park: Did You Know?

West Barnes: Did You Know?

 

 

Deeds Mill, Mitcham

The River Wandle: Did You Know?

Wandle Inspiration Pt 1

Wandle Inspiration Pt 2

 

Wandle at Ravensbury Park

The Wandle: A Thing of Beauty

A Thing of Beauty: Part 2

Wandle Park

 

Heritage Resources about:

Mitcham Fair

The NHS

Wimbledon Tennis

Windrush

World War II: Battle of Britain

VE Day / VJ Day

 

Discovery Day Zoom Talks:

Click on the links below to view a range of pre-recorded talks about aspects of Merton's heritage.

Merton Heritage Alphabet

The Merton Heritage Alphabet

(Sarah Gould, Heritage Officer, Merton)

 

Wimbledon Park

Capability Brown's Wimbledon Park

(Dr.D.Brown, Friends of Wimbledon Park)

 

Wimbledon Songsters

The Salvation Army ( Wimbledon )

(Richard Smart, Salvation Army)

 

Ravensbury Mill

Art & Literature of the Wandle

(Alison Cousins, Wandle Industrial Museum)

Unveiling of Mitcham Clocktower

Old Mitcham: Images from the Tom Francis collection

(Sarah Gould, Heritage Officer, Merton)

Lavender: Mitcham & Beyond

(Alison Cousins, Wandle Industrial Museum)

People & Families of the Wandle Valley

 (Mick Taylor, Wandle Industrial Museum)

 

 

Merton on Film:

We have selected a range of archive film for your enjoyment. Click on the links to start the films.

Priory arch

MERTON PRIORY:

Merton Priory - History Unearthed

History Under our Feet

WANDLE VISTAS:

Living Wandle Project videos

 

 

 

St Helier living room

MERTON & MORDEN:

Morden Cinema 1933

Early Days on St Helier

Merton & Morden AFS 1941

Film Star Garden Party, Morden Hall

Morden Underground Station 1958

St Helier Bathrooms 1966

Merton/Colliers Wood High St 1960s

 

 

Tooting & Mitcham F C 1958

MITCHAM:

Mitcham Fair Opens, interwar era

Frolics on the Green 1927

Mitcham : Our Athletic Girls, 1928

Explosion at Mitcham 1933

Mitcham Bombed 1940

Tooting & Mitcham v Notts Forest 1959

 

Official opening of Cannons Hill Common

RAYNES PARK & WEST BARNES:

Cannon Hill Common

Southern Railway Flower Show 1929

Fatal Train Collision 1933

Office of Works Sports 1920-9

Laundry Sports, Motspur Park 1938

Failures at Motspur Park, 1930s

 

Skating on a frozen pond, Wimbledon Common

WIMBLEDON:

Wimbledon Tennis Finals 1910-70

Wimbledon Election 1916

Skating on Wimbledon Common 1950

Know Your Borough 1951

Wimbledon Railways 1950s

Wimbledon shops 1960

Brief History of Wimbledon Theatre

River Wandle, Mitcham

WANDLE:

Mills of the River Wandle

William Morris at Merton

River Wandle at Merton Abbey

One Day on the Wandle

 

 

 

 

Discover Merton Online:

Click on the links below to learn more about museums, heritage projects, historical and community groups in Merton.

AELTC Museum

All England Lawn Tennis Museum

BAME VOICE event

BAME VOICE / AECHO

Canons Project

The Canons Project

Deen City Farm piglets

Deen City Farm

Digital Drama logo

Digital Drama

 

Matthews family, Mitcham

East Surrey Family History Society

 

Wimbledon Park lake

Friends of Wimbledon Park

 

Merton Council logo

Future Merton

 

Watery Lane, Merton Park

John Innes Society

Made in Merton parade

Made in Merton

Merton Historical Society logo

Merton Historical Society

Merton Priory Trust logo

Merton Priory Trust

Mitcham Camera Club logoMitcham Camera Club

Mitcham Common

Mitcham Common Conservators

Cricket Green, Mitcham

Mitcham Cricket Green Community & Heritagee

Mitcham Society

Mitcham Society

Museum of Wimbledon

Museum of Wimbledon

 

 

National Trust logo

National Trust (Morden Hall)

National Trust (Wimbledon)

Salvation Army

Salvation Army (Wimbledon)

 

Summerstown 182 logo

Summerstown 182

 

 

Sacco logo

Sutton Black History Group

 

U3A Merton

U3A ( Merton )

Wandle Industrial Museum

Wandle Industrial Museum

West Indian Families & Friends Association

West Indian Families & Friends Association

Wimbledon in Sporting History

Wimbledon in Sporting History

 

Wimbledon Society

Wimbledon Society

Wimbledon Windmill Museum

Wimbledon Windmill Museum

London Borough of Merton

 

Useful websites for Merton heritage

 

 

Research Tips:

Click on the links below for guidance on particular research topics.

Family group

Tracing Your Family Tree

 

House interior

Tracing the History of a House

WW1 family

 Researching World War 1 ancestors

 

Heritage Trails & Spotter Guides:

Click on the links below to view Merton heritage trails and spotter guides for individual or family use.

London Road, Morden

Spotter Guide: Morden

Merton & Morden in World War II

Frankie Goes to Collywood

 

Bomb damage to the Cricketers Inn

Spotter Guide: Mitcham

Merton Mills Trail

Mitcham in World War II

Listed Buildings: Lower Green West

Suffragette Rose Lamartine Yates

Spotter Guide: Merton / Merton Park

The Nelson Trail

Women's Suffrage Walk Pt 1

Women's Suffrage Walk Pt 2

Wimbledon F C 1920s

Wimbledon in World War II 

Village People

Wombledon Wonderland ( Plough Lane)

In the Footsteps of Wimbledon

 

Wandle at Mitcham

The Wandle Trail

Wandle Trail: Merton Abbey

Wandle Trail: Morden Hall Park

Wandle Trail: Mitcham 

 

Audioguide

Follow this link for more Merton self-guided walks.

 

 

 

 

Test Your Knowledge:

Bedser twins opening the new Cricketers Inn

Merton Pubs Quiz

Quiz Answers

Mitcham Cricket team, 1958

Cricket Quiz

Quiz Answers

Literary Merton Quiz

Literary Merton Quiz

Quiz Answers

Wandle Quiz Book

 

Word Searches:

St Helier nurses

Hospitals Word Search

Hospitals Answer sheet

Phipps Bridge Word Search

Phipps Bridge Answers

Wandle Word Search Book 1

Wandle Word Search Book 2

Cannizaro Park, Wimbledon

Parks & Open Spaces Word Search

Parks & Open Spaces Answers

Wimbledon trolleybus

Transport Word Search

Transport Answers

Wimbledon Theatre c.1910

Wimbledon Theatre Word Search

Wimbledon Theatre Answers

Indoor net practice, Mitcham

Cricket Word Search

Cricket Answers

 

Children's Resources:

Click on the links below to access a range of factsheets, colouring and craft activities designed for children.

Anglo Saxons

EARLY MERTON:

Make a Stone Age House

Make an Anglo-Saxon House

Anglo-Saxon colouring sheet

Make a Viking longboat

 

Fairground colouring sheets

MITCHAM FAIR:

Fairground Colouring Sheets

Make your own cinema projector

 

Harvesting Mitcham lavender

MITCHAM LAVENDER:

Make paper lavender flowers

Make a lavender sachet

Lavender Colouring Sheets

 

 Tennis colouring sheet

SPORTS: 

Finger Football

 Make a model cricket stadium

Tennis colouring sheets

 

Merton Abbey Mills

THE WANDLE:

Merton Abbey Mills

Make a small waterwheel

Make a double flour millwheel

Make a swimming fish

Wandle Colouring Book

Triang toy factory, Merton

TRIANG TOYS, MERTON:

Lines Toy Factory

Make your own sock doll

Make simple toy cars

 

 

 

To view more Merton heritage resources, visit our History Pages & Activities.