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


Wimbledon Tennis


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 - History Unearthed

History Under our Feet


Living Wandle Project videos




St Helier living room


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 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


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 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


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



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

2021 Merton Park Heritage Trail Map


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 



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


Make a Stone Age House

Make an Anglo-Saxon House

Anglo-Saxon colouring sheet

Make a Viking longboat


Fairground colouring sheets


Fairground Colouring Sheets

Make your own cinema projector


Harvesting Mitcham lavender


Make paper lavender flowers

Make a lavender sachet

Lavender Colouring Sheets


 Tennis colouring sheet


Finger Football

 Make a model cricket stadium

Tennis colouring sheets


Merton Abbey Mills


Merton Abbey Mills

Make a small waterwheel

Make a double flour millwheel

Make a swimming fish

Wandle Colouring Book

Triang toy factory, Merton


Lines Toy Factory

Make your own sock doll

Make simple toy cars




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