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 Hackbridge Mill. The mill was built as a corn mill in the 1777 century and was taken over by Foster Reynolds, whose family ran it until 1824 and it later belonged to Gurney. .However it remained in use until 1902. The main mill was demolished in 1960 but the wheel pit remains plus some millstones.
Millstones in the grounds of flats at the junction of Millside.

Culvers Retreat
Millstones in the grass

Dale Park Avenue
Dale Park

Denmark Road
Victor Seymour Infant School
Council Offices

Fellowes Road
Depot now gone
Refuse destructor, now gone.

Green Wrythe Lane

Open space opposite 6-30
Salvation Army

Kynnerley Close

Muschamp Road
Playing Field on site of Laundry
Muschamp Primary School

Nightingale Lane
1-3 Listed 19th houses
Carshalton College of Further Education. Originally Carshalton Technical Institute opened in 1954

North Street
Carlton Towers

Rushey Meadow Lane
Rushey Meadow Primary School

West Street

William Street

Wrythe Green
Wrythe is thought to derive either from ’rye’ grown there or from the Anglo Saxon word for a small stream.
Stream – a spring rose in the area near the BP garage. It is now in a culvert and flows to join the Wandle at Hackbridge.

Wrythe Green Road
1-2 listed 19th houses used as shops, 2 has unusual window structures
1-6 Bedford Villas
Bedford Cottage
1-2 Ivy Cottages
1-2 Waterloo Place
Woodcote House.This might have been a toll house moved here. Diagonal weatherboarding and a semi-octagonal bay. built 1861-7.

Wrythe Lane
Cricketers pub. Gone. Housing on the site.
1-5 Kings Parade
1-5 Waterloo cottages
Gas works site with some holders still in place and original wall
Wrythe Recreation Ground. Underground air raid shelter with some above ground structures. Drinking fountain.


Dr Jen said…
Just discovered your fascinating blog and will be back. Amazing level of detail. Are you walking all this or doing it from maps? I love wandering round London taking photos. You can see some of them on my flickr page.
Keep up the good work. It's a monumental task you've undertaken.
Edith said…
I'm afraid that mostly I drive. I have piles of notes going back nearly forty years so mostly I am just checking them. But a lot of the time in the past I didn't record sources which makes it all a bit difficult. But thanks anyway, and I will look at your pix.
Robert steel said…
Impressive blog, well done! in fact the Culvers and the Limes were two separate houses, I can send you lots pof detail if you want it but Culvers was built for Gurney on the island,(where culvers Retreat is now) while the Limes occupied a higher site overlooking the floodplain on land now occupied by Durand Close.
Barry Ager said…
Many thanks for the extremely informative blog. I agree with Robert Steel's point that Culvers House and The Limes were two separate houses and, from looking at 19th-century O.S. maps of the area side by side with the modern one, it appears that the line of the carriage drive to The Culvers follows Culvers Retreat, not Culvers Avenue. The name of The Limes is preserved in Limes Close

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