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Thames Tributaries – the River Wandle - The Wrythe

Thames Tributaries – the River Wandle The Wandle continues to flow in a generally north westerly direction in two loops of which this is the westerly one. Post to the north St.Helier Post to the east Hackbridge Post to the south Carshalton Bullrush Court Site of the rubbish destructor Culvers Island Where the river divides Culvers . The estate was between Beddington Corner and Hackbridge, used as a very large bleaching ground by the Reynolds after they bought it in 1781. They were Quakers and the house was later owned by the banker Samuel Gurney, who married one of the Reynolds. He bred black swans there until 1836. The crash of the Gurney bank in 1866 meant that the estate in the area was sold piecemeal. The house was used as Culvers colony for Spanish refugees in the 1930s. Culvers Avenue Follows the line of the carriage drive to the house at Culvers. Built by the Reynolds family and called The Limes. Culvers Mill . Site also called Carshalton Mill and later as Hackbri

Thames Tributaries – the River Wandle - Hackbridge

Thames Tributaries – the River Wandle The two branches of the Wandle from Waddon and from Carshalton meet and flow north west. Post to the west The Wrythe Post to the north Beddington Corner Post to the east Beddington Park Butter Hill Butter Hill Bridge . Dates from 1787 but very much rebuilt. Lower Mill . Up river of the bridge and on the east side. In 1700 this was a copper mill, converted to calico before 1770. In 1780 George Ansell converted it from a calico mill to paper. It was then occupied by Christopher Patch. ‘One of the best paper makers in the country’. The works included a Rag house. By 1788 it was also occupied by Collinson & Co., bleachers. Collinson experimented on rags from Patch’s paper mill adjacent, in Butter Hill using dephlogisticated marine acid and this produced high quality white paper. However Patch thought it was too expensive. He died in 1792 and his widow and son continued with it using Collinson’s method. In 1805 it was rebuilt and taken over

Thames Tributaries – the River Wandle - Carshalton

Thames tributaries - River Wandle Springs and streams feed into the Wandle from this area. TQ 27874 64467 The interesting small town of Carshalton with its ponds, pubs, theatres, parks and an amazing collection of follies and grottos. Pity about the traffic Post to the north The Wrythe Post to the south Carshalton Beeches Beynon Road Beynon was the name of a local family Camden Road Camden Junior School Carshalton Spring line village which seems to have been conserved because the ponds held up the traffic. The name means ‘farmstead by a river where watercress grows’. This probably refers to the Wandle, which feeds the town ponds. Watercress beds are mentioned as early as the 13th. Carshalton Park Road 4 Wood n’Pencil Design Carshalton Road Railway Bridge 185 timber house. Listed Baths . in other use Highfield Hall , used as a dance studio Windsor Castle pub Colston Avenue War Memorial Sports Ground . Carshalton Football Club. They have been there since 19

Thames Tributaries – the River Wandle - Beddington Park

Thames Tributaries – the River Wandle The Wandle continues to flow in a generally westward direction TQ 29299 65405 The majority of this square is taken up with Beddington Park - with a great deal to see in it. The Wandle flows through the park and here it is an ornamental feature - but the mills are not far away. Post to the east Beddington Post to the west Hackbridge Beddington Beddington is an old spring line village on the Thanet sands. In 900 Edward the Elder gave it to the Bishop of Winchester. Bishop (St.) Ethelwold died there. There are Roman burials in the park. In 1859 the Carew estate broken up to allow building development. Beddington Park Beddington Park is marked on the 1819 ordnance map but it was recorded as ‘Ye Parks’ in 1579. It is a rich archaeological sites with evidence of settlements dating from the late Bronze Age. It features in the Domesday Book. The Park was part of the Deer Park attached to Tudor Carew Manor and originally the park covered the a

Thames Tributaries – the River Wandle - Beddington

Thames Tributaries – the River Wandle The Wandle flows westwards The Wandle emerges here and rapidly becomes a substantial stream between Wandle Park and its earliest appearance west of Beddington Mill. The area is bisected north:south by the traffic choked A23 with trading estates and big shed stores on either side. This was a busy industrial area with mills along the Wandle supplemented from the 1930s with units on what had been Waddon Marsh. Post to the east West Croydon Post to the west Beddington Park Post to the north Ampere Way Waddon Aldwick Road Iron and Bronze Age finds here Beddington Lane Beddington Village Hall . Listed. A plaque says it was in memory of Magdalena Trollope in 1901.The site had originally been an ornamental garden and was bought and passed to the Rochester Diocese. There was local fund raising for the building which has been in use ever since and once included a library. 1-32 7-117 listed Park and ornamental gardens between the Wandle and t

Thames Tributaries - the River Wandle - West Croydon

Thames Tributaries - the River Wandle The Wandle flows westwards through this area, largely in culverts, and picking up tributar ies Post to the west Waddon Post to the east Croydon Alton Road Waddon Caves . This is an odd group of underground structures in a tunnel which appears to go towards the stream in the park. They were discovered in 1902 under the lawn of what was then Waddon House. They consist of three chambers cut into the sand and shaped like beehives. A fourth cave was found in 1953 following heavy rain. They contain what could be scratched drawings from the Middle Ages. They are thought to be Neolithic in origin and like others at Croham Hurst. Bog Island The area around Pump Pail and Salem Place was sometimes called Flag Mead. It was often flooded with intermittent Bourne water. The Bourne ran right round the area. A mill in the area was owned by a Mr. Harris who removed a wash mill in the area. A mill dam was removed by the Board of Health and they wanted to bui

Thames Tributaries – the River Wandle - Central Croydon

Thames Tributaries – the River Wandle Ponds and small streams around the area flow west and feed into the Wandle. Central area of the large town of Croydon built on a medieval town centre dominated by the archbishops.  Many new buildings 'Croydonisation' - plus interesting older municipal buildings, concert halls, pubs, markets - this is a proper place and not a suburb Post to the west West Croydon Post to the south South Croydon Addiscombe Road 12-16 NLA House (Noble Lowndes Annuities) was Lowndes House built 1968 by is octagonal and 24 storeys high. It is Britain's 88th tallest tower and was refurbished in 2007 Barclay Road Named after medieval poet John Barclay who lived, and is buried, locally. Supposed to be part of a Croydon ring road which never fulfilled its ambitions. Law Courts . Designed and built in 1968/9 By Robert Atkinson & Partners, Multi storey car park . Built in 1961-2 by D. H. Beaty-Pownall Entrance to Park Hill Recreation