National Mills Weekend

8 and 9 May sees the return of National Mills Weekend, a nationwide celebration of Britain's mills and milling heritage.

Merton's industrial heritage has been shaped by a number of wind and water powered mills producing diverse goods from flour and paper, to snuff, leather, copper plate and gunpowder. Merton mills have also been associated with famous individuals from James Perry and William Morris to Arthur Liberty. 

Local mills have provided both goods and employment for generations of Merton residents, including skilled French, Flemish and German refugees. The fortunes of local individuals have also been directly influenced by milling, enabling them to acquire private fortunes, purchase land and serve the local community as landowners, councillors and philanthropists.

We have produced a range of resources to highlight the history of mills and milling in Merton, from displays and film, to music, poetry, useful websites and children's activities. We hope you enjoy them.


Online Displays:

Click on the links below to view displays about the history of local mills.



Merton Mills on the Wandle



Deeds Mill, Mitcham The Wandle: A Thing of Beauty


Useful Websites:

Click on the links below to access a range of websites about mills and milling in Merton and beyond.


National  Mills Weekend


Wimbledon windmill

Ravensbury Mill, Morden


National Mills Weekend

The Mills Archive

Researching the History of Mills

Mills (Historic England)

Mills: British History Online

History of Windmills

Windmills (Geograph)


Wandle Industrial Museum

Wimbledon Windmill Museum

History of the Snuff Mills, Morden

History of Merton Abbey Mills

Work & industry (Merton Historical Society)

Mapping the Mills (Wandle Valley)

Mills Trail Map


Words and Pictures:


Merton Abbey Mills


Interior of Wimbledon windmill Connolly's Leather Works

Heritage Trails:

Merton Mills

Wandle Trail to Merton Abbey Mills


Poems & Music:

The Watermill (Vaughan Williams)

The Windmill (Longfellow poem) 





How Does a Windmill Work

Watermill: How it worked.

How Flour is Made At A Watermill

Mills of the River Wandle

The River Wandle

Wandle Industrial Museum

Facts About Connolly's Leather

A Memory of Merton Board Mills

Time Team: Digging Liberty

Heritage Alphabet: T (Tobacco)

Heritage Alphabet: M (Morris)

The Wimbledon Windmill Story

Wimbledon Windmill: Sails Turning

Exploring Wimbledon Windmill



Click on the links below to view our mills quiz and a range of mill related children's activities. 


Ravensbury Mill


Cardboard watermill

Paper windmill

Merton Mills Quiz

Merton Mills Quiz (Answers)

Build a Windmill (Children's activity)

Make a Heat Powered Windmill

Make a Cardboard Mill Machine

Make a DIY Watermill

Make a Cardboard Watermill

Make a Paper Windmill