236 pages, ~200 colour & b/w photosand illustrations, 40+ colour maps
The River Wandle Companion and Wandle Trail Guide is the first general guide to the river Wandle, South London, for some fifteen years, and the largest volume on the river since Hobson's Book of the Wandle nearly a century ago.
The first half of the book looks at the river thematically with chapters on the river's history as an industrial area and a playground for the wealthy; its wildlife, hydrology and regeneration. The second half contains a stage by stage guide to the Wandle Trail, with notes on the historical features of interest along the river banks.
Lavishly illustrated with almost 200 pictures, most in colour, and over 40 maps, River Wandle Companion and Wandle Trail Guide is a must-have for those with an interest in the river.
"Essential reading for anyone who has ever wandered along the Wandle’s banks, remembered this famous little river’s hard-working history, or wondered about its future."
– Theo Pike, Chairman of Trustees of the Wandle Trust
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
London's engine room
Technology, skills and enterprise
How many mills?
Industrial case studies
Industrial change and decline
The Surrey Iron Railway
Chapter 4 - The houses of the river
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
Amphibians & reptiles
Dragonflies and damselflies
Butterflies and moths
Chapter 6 - The river reborn: the story of the reclamation of the Wandle
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
Beddington Park and Old Wallington
The Carshalton Arm
Wilderness Island to Goat Bridge
Goat Bridge to Mitcham
Morden Hall Park
Colliers Wood to Earlsfield
Earlsfield to King George's Park
The Wandsworth section
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Bob Steel has spent almost all of his life living within 200 yards of the river. A geographer by profession, he has a particular interest in the industrial and social history of the Wandle, and old maps of the river. He is the co-author of an earlier booklet on the history of Wilderness Island Nature Reserve on the Wandle, and of several other books on other topics.
Derek Coleman, author of the ‘Wild river’ chapter, is one of the leading Wandle naturalists who as well as researching a wide range of riverside flora and fauna has used his own observations along the river dating back over twenty years.