The Wandle Today
The Wandle today is but a shadow of the river that drove so many mill wheels. The river has seen many changes and ups and downs in its fortunes from a 'sparkling trout stream' in the time of James l to a polluted sewer in the 1980's. Today the river is regaining its sparkle. A rise in interest for industrial history and a desire to preserve our dwindling open spaces has brought many groups together to save the river and its surroundings and to keep alive the history of the area and to create a leisure resource for local people. There are now many groups working to keep the Wandle alive.