Out And About At Morden Hall Park

Flicking through the National Trust Handbook, I lighted on Morden Hall Park. It appealed to me because it is close to the Northern line and more importantly, the information supplied led me to believe that there would be photo opportunities.

The park is owned  by the National Trust but is free to the public. It  covers an area of 125 acres with the River Wandle meandering through it and dates back to the 1770s. Morden Hall house is not open to the public but used as a wedding venue. A hundred years later, the Garth family sold it to a tobacco merchant named Hatfeild who built two snuff mills when snuff was a fashionable commodity. He used the River Wandle to drive the waterwheels that powered the pestle and mortar machinery that ground the tobacco to snuff.

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Waterwheel on the Wandle river
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An example of pestle and mortar machinery for grinding tobacco leaves

I decided to follow the National Trust’s walking trail and capture my images along the way. The trail is easy to access on their Morden Hall site and gives detailed guidance plus a map. 

I wandered past the rose gardens and lawns with people lazing on the grass and families playing ball in the August sunshine, over bridges and into quieter areas where children fished with nets and jam jars, reminding me of childhood days.

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As I carried on along the path into the arboretum, with the river winding on my right, I passed and island with statues of Neptune and Venus.

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Statue of Venus on an island in the River Wandle
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Venus on the island in the River Wandle

Although the park was busy near the entrance, this part of the walk was quiet and shaded and led onto an avenue of lime and chestnut trees.

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From here on the park became  beautifully preserved meadowland with open fields and wildflowers

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The path then took a circular route and crossed the river again . I took this shot from one of the many bridges.

_DSC8540Further along, I passed a well attended children’s adventure park  and entered the Wetlands area with a newly established boardwalk. It was lush with vegetation.

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On my route back to the entrance I spotted this old disused bridge, well hidden in the foliage._DSC8570

Beside the old Snuff Mill stood Mill Cottage and I took this last shot.

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Following the trail was a great way to see the park and provided me with ample photos for my  album. It is also a delightful place for a walk and an excellent trip for families with young children.

 

 

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