This project was run by The Building Exploratory between Summer 2014 – Summer 2015 and involved the efforts of 28 volunteers from all along the Wandle Valley who researched and mapped over 60 historical treasures related to the River Wandle.

Along with visiting all of the Wandle Borough archives, the lost treasures team gathered information from the V+A Museum, William Morris Museum, National Portrait Gallery, The Wandle Industrial Museum and Merton Priory Chapter House.

Treasures have included William Morris’s ‘Wandle’ Print, the Snuff Mill at Morden Hall Park and a Merton Abbey Dye Book. Following talks at Wandsworth and Croydon Heritage Festivals, a celebration was held in August 2015 at the Wheelhouse in Merton Abbey Mills, where a beautiful hand-drawn map displaying the treasures was presented.


Each treasure can be viewed in the Wandle Treasures Collection and in our Wandle Library.


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

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