contents

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Chapter 1 - Introducing the Wandle

  • The name of the river
  • The geological background
  • Settlements and archaeology
  • To hell and back

Chapter 2 -  Wandle water

  • The river hydrology: flow and variation
  • Competing for water
  • Flooding & flood management
  • Water quality: pollution then and now

Chapter 3 -  The industrial heritage  [read more]

  • London’s engine room
  • Technology, skills and enterprise
  • How many mills?
  • Wandle entrepreneurs
  • Industrial case studies
  • Industrial change and decline
  • The Surrey Iron Railway

Chapter 4 - The houses of the river  [read more]

  • Church, aristocracy and mercantilism
  • The beginning of the end
  • Case study: the Wandle riverside at Hackbridge
  • Gazeteer: surviving Wandle houses

Chapter 5 - The wild river  [read more]

  • Flora
  • Fish
  • Birds
  • Mammals
  • Amphibians & reptiles
  • Dragonflies and damselflies
  • Butterflies and moths
  • Other fauna 

Chapter 6 - The river reborn: the story of the reclamation of the Wandle 

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  • The Seers
  • Reclaiming the riverbanks: the birth of the Wandle Trail
  • Towards a Regional Park?
  • Map of localities and heritage sites

Chapter 7 - The Wandle Trail guide 

  • A note on maps used
  • Notes to the overview maps
  • The Croydon Wandle  [read more]
  • Beddington Park and Old Wallington
  • The Carshalton Arm  [read more]
  • Wilderness Island to Goat Bridge  [read more]
  • Goat Bridge to Mitcham
  • Ravensbury  [read more]
  • Morden Hall Park
  • Merton
  • Colliers Wood to Earlsfield
  • Earlsfield to King George’s Park
  • The Wandsworth section