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The Wandle Industrial Museum

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by Lynn Bradshaw (subscribe)
An English and IT teacher, and would-be writer, living in north London. I like to spend my free time travelling, visiting new places, taking photographs and cooking.
Published May 21st 2012
Now the weather is warmer, it is a good time to go off the beaten path and to check out some of the more interesting aspects of industrial history in south London.

www.wandle.org


A wonderful and slightly quirky place to start is the Wandle Industrial Museum, which is based in a small hut on London Road, Mitcham.

There are fascinating exhibits on the old Young's Brewery which closed in 2007, the William Morris works, which was based near Merton High Street, some samples of Liberty prints which were printed in the nearby Merton Abbey Craft Centre and some examples of the lavender products which used to be produced nearby.

This museum gives a wonderful insight into a small artistic and industrial community down by the River Wandle.

The staff are very friendly and willing to supply extra information about the industries and the exhibits. The museum has the only existing model of the William Morris works, which could lead you to make a summer's trip along the river.
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Why? This museum gives a wonderful insight into a small artistic and industrial community down by the River Wandle.
When: The museum is open Wednesdays 1-4pm and on Sundays 2-5pm.
Where: Vestry Hall London Road, Mitcham, Surrey CR4 3UD, United Kingdom
Cost: The entrance fee is 50p for adults.
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