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23 March 2011

Visit the Wandle Industrial Museum

Based in a small hut beside Vestry Hall, on the Cricket Green in Mitcham, South London, the Wandle Industrial Museum is a small museum examining industry along the River Wandle which was, we are told, once the most industrialised river in Europe.

It sounds like a worthy little museum, examining the history of the mills along the Wandle - from trout fishing to firework production - and offering occasional displays of block printing. It is soon to move to larger premises at Ravensbury Mill on Morden Road, which should offer plenty of room for expansion.

When your author popped by at the weekend it was sadly closed, for its eccentric opening hours mean visitors are only welcome on Wednesdays from 1 - 4pm and on the first Sunday of the month from 2 - 5pm. Entrance is 50p, or for children & senior citizens, who presumably cannot afford such high living, a reduced price of 20p is offered.

For more information, see http://wandle.org/

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