Meander through south London history in Wandle Fortnight

river_wandleBIGWandle Fortnight begins this Saturday, September 10, in case you didn’t already know…

The fortnight encompasses a range of activities, exhibitions, walks and talks which explore aspects of the Wandle valley’s cultural, industrial and environmental legacy, and run from this weekend’s London Open House events, through to World Rivers Day on September 25.

The River Wandle rises in Croydon – its source is generally accepted as close to the site of the Swan and Sugarloaf in South Croydon.

Today, the modern River Wandle first comes up for air through Wandle Park before heading off into Sutton and through Merton and Wandsworth towards the Thames.

It’s fair to say that the majority of the events in Wandle Fortnight occur in Sutton and Wandsworth (Croydon Council recently cut its grant to the body which is co-ordinating many of the fortnight’s events), but many are just a tram ride away. Others, such as a photography competition, can be entered into in your own time.

For a full list of all the events, some requiring booking and a fee, download the official Wandle Fortnight guide in pdf format here.

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