The Wandle Industrial Museum

The Wandle Industrial Museum is the only purely industrial museum in this part of Greater London, possibly in the South East.

Founded in 1983 with a mission to preserve, store, and interpret the heritage and history of the industries of the River Wandle—which was in it's day the most industrialised in Europe.

The museum tells the stories of the different industries that used the River Wandle. Industries such as Young’s Brewery at Wandsworth, William Morris and Liberty’s at Merton, Connolly’s the leather makers plus the lavender, snuff and dye industries.

Displays reveal history of the mills which existed in Croydon, Carshalton, Mitcham, Merton, Wimbledon and Wandsworth that used the river. In addition, there is information about Merton Priory and the first public railway The Surrey Iron Railway.

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