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Mills of the River Wandle.

On Tuesday 20 June local history enthusiasts will have the opportunity to learn more about Merton's rich industrial heritage. As part of the monthly West Barnes Local History Group programme, Mick Taylor of Wandle Industrial Museum will be giving an illustrated talk about the watermills which once operated along the length of the River Wandle.

For a waterway of its size, the Wandle was once described as one of the hardest worked rivers in the world. Mills along its bank produced a huge variety of goods from flour and snuff, to copper, paper, leather and textiles. The clean waters of the river were also highly valued by the suppliers of high quality printed cloth, including William Morris and Arthur Liberty, whose famous Arts and Crafts works were situated not far from each other in the Colliers Wood area.

If you would like to know more about the Wandle Mills, visit West Barnes Library between 10.30am and 12 noon on the 20th.

The Library is a short walk from Motspur Park station.

Refreshments will be served at the start of the event and admission is FREE.

For more information Tel. 0208 545 3239 or email@


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