Mills have shaped the identity of the Wandle for hundreds of years. It is thought that over the course of history as many as 90 different mills have operated along its banks, powering industries from copper-working to textile printing.

This project aims to build on mapping work carried out by the Wandle Industrial Museum and will involve volunteers from across the Wandle Valley. The volunteer team will receive training and guidance from the Building Exploratory in how to research, map and document the mills that form part of the river’s rich industrial history.

Mapping the mills along the Wandle has been carried out in parts by various people over time and this project aims to collate, share and celebrate the history of the area with local communities and visitors.

A self-guided walk complete with a map will allow people to visit the historic mill sites along the Wandle Trail and learn more about their history. Other resources are planned for production in 2017 and will be made available through the online Wandle Library.

We’re building a team of dedicated volunteers to take part in the project!

The team will work closely with The Building Exploratory and Wandsworth Industrial Museum to carry out historical research and help develop a series of walking tours exploring this rich industrial heritage.

For further information and to find out how you can get involved in the project, please contact Katie or Nicole at or 020 7608 0775

If you can’t wait until the start of the project, the Wandle Industrial Museum holds lots of fascinating information about the river and its industrial past and is open every Wednesday afternoon at Mitcham Common.


This project is part of the wider Living Wandle Landscape Partnership Scheme, funded by the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund.

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