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brogdale

Coming to terms with late onset Anarchism
I dunno about you but Im not overly excited about drains :D especially boring ones. Theyve opened out the Wandle section through Wandle Park now and the council are looking to encourage more people to use the park. Theres a new play area, the rivery bits, the skate park, a bandstand and theyre opening a cafe there too.

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I went not long after they reopened the park with the rivery bits erm working? and it was OK but the water was very shallow. I expect its all filled up now so maybe the lake bit (was all just dry, low bits) is fully functioning now with the rain? Another place to go and have a look at. I have tried to include Wandle Park in my Wandle walk before but you have the Purley Way smack bang through the middle and its not very scenic!
Inspired by your posts, (Dan & Callie), i took myself off to Wandle Park this afternoon realising that I'd not actually seen what they'd done to rennovate the park/river. Have to say I think they've done well to 're-discover' the course of the Wandle through the park, and the boating lake/bandstand area looked pretty good even in winter.

Inevitably...(no groaning at the back, please)...I took a couple of photos...

The river entering Wandle Park...(with the elevated tram-line and Roman Way in the background)



and gently meandering in it's 'new' course...(looking roughly East)



and then leaving the park, towards the West to be culverted under the new(ish) "South Quarter" housing development, the Purley Way and the industrial estate to the North of Waddon Ponds...



The Wandle finally remerges from it's culvert a couple of hundred metres West of Waddon Ponds into the pleasant section of the Wandle Trail alongside Richmond Green...

 

existentialist

Fabulous shoes
To me, the Wandle was for a long time, the bit of water by the papermill just opposite Merton Bus Garage. I didn't even think it was a river, just this turgid drain that was always covered in a thick, rich, yellowy foam. I was astonished when someone pointed at a little brook somewhere and said "That's the River Wandle, there...".

The papermill's now (or was) a Savacentre. And the bit behind that was restored and became a market area and craft type place, in the buildings of an old mill. It was rather pleasant. </nostalgia>
 

brogdale

Coming to terms with late onset Anarchism
To me, the Wandle was for a long time, the bit of water by the papermill just opposite Merton Bus Garage. I didn't even think it was a river, just this turgid drain that was always covered in a thick, rich, yellowy foam. I was astonished when someone pointed at a little brook somewhere and said "That's the River Wandle, there...".

The papermill's now (or was) a Savacentre. And the bit behind that was restored and became a market area and craft type place, in the buildings of an old mill. It was rather pleasant. </nostalgia>
And to think that, in the late 1880s, Lexden Pocock painted that stretch of the river like this:-

 

brogdale

Coming to terms with late onset Anarchism
I'm afraid I haven't yet worked out how to change the title of this thread to a more general "Wandle appreciation" one. Any tips?

Howsomedever...today was nice & bright...so I took a few pics around and about Beddington.

First up a view of St. Mary's Church, Beddington. The Wandle flows in a diversion around the church precincts,(and Carew Manor), to the North. I'm no great fan of churches, but I've always thought this one rather lovely in its own way, and gives Beddington a living glimpse of it's past:-



Looking Westwards from here it is still possible to pick out where the Manor's 19thC ornamental lake lay. The flat depression between the trees shows that a large part of the Northern section of Beddington Park would have been under water:-



Just to the North lies Canon Bridges' bridge, where the Wandle meanders pleasantly through the park:-



Whilst down in Beddington I decided to nip up to the 'new' roadbridge at Hackbridge to take a few pics of the "Beddington Farmlands". The 'farm' bit of the farmlands title really meaning (former) sewage farm! Nevertheless, the area is an amazing wildlife sanctuary in the urban sprawl of South London. Potentially the farmlands could well become on of the jewels of the WVRP. Here a few views, some showing the birdies...





and this one with Croydon town in the background!



and just for Callie ...

 

Dan U

Boompty
so i was driving up the A24 last weekend and just after Tooting and Mitcham FC I crossed the Wandle and their appeared to be a lovely old weatherboard building in the little nature park next to the road. Anyone know anything about it/was I imagining it?

I've driven over that bridge many many times but I am paying a bit more attention to the Wandle now thanks to this thread!

I was roughly here but pesky trees block google maps view

http://goo.gl/maps/aFj7O
 

cybertect

It's grim up north (London)
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cybertect

It's grim up north (London)
As we have a Wandle Appreciation thread, heres a few more pics


The Lower Pond, Carshalton
by cybertect, on Flickr


Carshalton Ponds and The Greyhound
by cybertect, on Flickr


The Wandle at Carshalton
by cybertect, on Flickr


Wandle Waterfall
by cybertect, on Flickr

and a little further afield

Just by where Dan U was asking about earlier.


Wandle Meadow Nature Park
by cybertect, on Flickr

Earlsfield


A Little Green [RGB]
by cybertect, on Flickr

Wandsworth


Argento Tower
by cybertect, on Flickr


The Ram Brewery
by cybertect, on Flickr


Bell Lane Creek
by cybertect, on Flickr
 

brogdale

Coming to terms with late onset Anarchism
. Mis-posted
Excellent pics; thanks for sharing and replacing those of mine that have gone missing. Damn that photobucket; it seems as though you only have to open the edit function to see the lot moved/made private etc.:(
 

brogdale

Coming to terms with late onset Anarchism
FWIW, I think when you edit a photo on Photobucket, it changes the URL.

Just to underline how much water is flowing down this usually completely dry stretch of the Wandle, this is the waterfall on Carshalton Place, just off the High Street


Waterfall, Carshalton Place
by cybertect, on Flickr
Excellent pic Cyber......and yesterday that lower channel, by the High Street, had over-flowed onto the road, into the street and over down to Westcroft....

 

TopCat

Organise...
I have never seen such flow in the Wandle near Morden Hall Park. I will get some pics in the morning. It's overflowing the banks in the park and the nearby weirs are a mad rushing torrent.
 

Callie

Pivoting
That car park over the back of the pond is spectacularly ugly; nearly as bad as the one near Purley Oaks station.
I like it :D its kooky :oops:

So my Mum was saying tonight that she thinks/has heard that the Bourne in Caterham/Whyteleaf joins up with the wet bits in Carshalton somewhere around Purley GigantiTesco and its all feeds into the Wandle.

Can anyone confirm or deny that? I know the Bourne is mostly underground but is there a map or something of where it goes and where it comes from?

ALSO I now want to go and see what Norbury Brook is up to as I used to live on a road right next to it and it always seemed pretty weedy but maybe given the circumstances it could be problematic.
 

TopCat

Organise...
I like it :D its kooky :oops:

So my Mum was saying tonight that she thinks/has heard that the Bourne in Caterham/Whyteleaf joins up with the wet bits in Carshalton somewhere around Purley GigantiTesco and its all feeds into the Wandle.

Can anyone confirm or deny that? I know the Bourne is mostly underground but is there a map or something of where it goes and where it comes from?

ALSO I now want to go and see what Norbury Brook is up to as I used to live on a road right next to it and it always seemed pretty weedy but maybe given the circumstances it could be problematic.
I used to wander the Norbury Brook in my wellies as a kid. As it's channelised, (enclosed by concrete walls) it goes from a dribble to a fuck off torrent in minutes in a heavy rain. Scary as fuck if you are in the western tunnel sections.

The Bourne does get going at Purley. Any real news about the water treatment plant the "pond" is supposed to be protecting?
 

Callie

Pivoting
? is this the bit down on Brighton Road, near the dump? My Mum (bringer off all the good weather news) was saying if the pit pool thing overflows they'll have to close the road as there are chemicals that are bad or something. Shutting the Brighton Road would be....interesting.
 

TopCat

Organise...
Have any of you been to Wandle Park since Boris gave up a million to do it up and get the Wandle back onto the surface? I have seen it from the tram and it looked like they had physically cut huge banks into the park that had a pissy dribble sitting about getting manky. This was a park that no one went to apart from the occasional organised gang fight. (No road access for police).
 

brogdale

Coming to terms with late onset Anarchism
I like it :D its kooky :oops:

So my Mum was saying tonight that she thinks/has heard that the Bourne in Caterham/Whyteleaf joins up with the wet bits in Carshalton somewhere around Purley GigantiTesco and its all feeds into the Wandle.

Can anyone confirm or deny that? I know the Bourne is mostly underground but is there a map or something of where it goes and where it comes from?
Not quite right Callie. The Croydon Wandle and Carshalton Wandle join in Hackbridge at Wilderness Island. Normally the Caterham/Whyteleafe element of the old (wider) Wandle are little more than trickles in ditches/culverts, but the full extent of the Wandle is emerging with this record-breaking rain and extremely high water table. There are a few unculverted parts like the stream past Roke school, the Promary Pond at the recycling centre at Purley Oaks etc., but for the most part the river remains hidden under culverts until it (now) emerges briefly in Wandle Park. Thereafter it can be seen past Waddon Ponds and pretty much all the way through Beddington down to Hackbridge.
 

brogdale

Coming to terms with late onset Anarchism
Have any of you been to Wandle Park since Boris gave up a million to do it up and get the Wandle back onto the surface? I have seen it from the tram and it looked like they had physically cut huge banks into the park that had a pissy dribble sitting about getting manky. This was a park that no one went to apart from the occasional organised gang fight. (No road access for police).
It's actually been done rather well IMO. Quite a nice place to be...now!
 

Callie

Pivoting
Not quite right Callie. The Croydon Wandle and Carshalton Wandle join in Hackbridge at Wilderness Island. Normally the Caterham/Whyteleafe element of the old (wider) Wandle are little more than trickles in ditches/culverts, but the full extent of the Wandle is emerging with this record-breaking rain and extremely high water table. There are a few unculverted parts like the stream past Roke school, the Promary Pond at the recycling centre at Purley Oaks etc., but for the most part the river remains hidden under culverts until it (now) emerges briefly in Wandle Park. Thereafter it can be seen past Waddon Ponds and pretty much all the way through Beddington down to Hackbridge.
ahh ok. Promary pond at the recycling centre probably is the pool pit thing near the dump :D
 

TopCat

Organise...
? is this the bit down on Brighton Road, near the dump? My Mum (bringer off all the good weather news) was saying if the pit pool thing overflows they'll have to close the road as there are chemicals that are bad or something. Shutting the Brighton Road would be....interesting.
http://tinyurl.com/q785ss6

They are battling around the clock to save the water supply to thousands.
 

brogdale

Coming to terms with late onset Anarchism
? is this the bit down on Brighton Road, near the dump? My Mum (bringer off all the good weather news) was saying if the pit pool thing overflows they'll have to close the road as there are chemicals that are bad or something. Shutting the Brighton Road would be....interesting.
I took a few pics there the day after it had started to overflow onto the Brighton Road down through Purley Oaks...









 
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