Then and now: River Wandle source flows for the first time in 15 years

Then and now: River Wandle source flows for the first time in 15 years

How the Wandle in Carshalton Park looks now

How the Wandle in Carshalton Park usually looks

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The source of the River Wandle has started flowing again for the first time in at least 15 years.

The Wandle's original source is at the grotto in Carshalton Park off Ruskin Road but the water has not actually flowed from there several years.

Sutton Guardian:

How the grotto at the source of the Wandle usually looks

Sutton Guardian:

The Wandle in Carshalton Park now - the grotto is visible in the background

However, recent heavy rains means the section of the river is flowing once again.

Carshalton man John Brightman said: "I've been here 33 years and only seen the water flow twice. The last time was at least 15 years ago - it's a very rare occurrence."

The Wandle's original source was in Croydon but this became contaminated in the 19th century and was culverted to prevent the spread of disease.

Now the river has two sources at Carshalton Ponds in Carshalton High Street and Waddon Ponds near Beddington Park.

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5:51pm Wed 8 Jan 14

xeepo says...

I'm sure I've seen this full more recently than 15 years ago...
I'm sure I've seen this full more recently than 15 years ago... xeepo
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6:43pm Wed 8 Jan 14

Mr Flange of Wallington says...

Autumn 2000 and summer 2007?
Autumn 2000 and summer 2007? Mr Flange of Wallington
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10:25pm Wed 8 Jan 14

Yaffle1 says...

Also worth noting is the fact that there is now several feet of water and a regular flow through the Hog Pit, the large hollow in Carshalton Park. I have never personally seen water here before.
Also worth noting is the fact that there is now several feet of water and a regular flow through the Hog Pit, the large hollow in Carshalton Park. I have never personally seen water here before. Yaffle1
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11:08pm Wed 8 Jan 14

Krissi says...

yes I've seen it full but not flowing over the waterfall and the end by the folly used to just become puddles, and muddy and marshy yet when I was at college in '74 it flowed like this all of the time in fact somewhere I had pictures of the waterfall flowing like the one actually in the ponds
yes I've seen it full but not flowing over the waterfall and the end by the folly used to just become puddles, and muddy and marshy yet when I was at college in '74 it flowed like this all of the time in fact somewhere I had pictures of the waterfall flowing like the one actually in the ponds Krissi
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1:11pm Thu 9 Jan 14

leapy says...

I'm not sure that "flowing" is the correct term. Might it be that the tap has been turned again - all the water in that area is controlled and linked together. There is a dry lake in the convent - it did'nt dry up it was drained and then the inlet was stopped
I'm not sure that "flowing" is the correct term. Might it be that the tap has been turned again - all the water in that area is controlled and linked together. There is a dry lake in the convent - it did'nt dry up it was drained and then the inlet was stopped leapy
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4:24pm Thu 9 Jan 14

Binsanity says...

Isn't it just nice to se regardless of when.
Isn't it just nice to se regardless of when. Binsanity
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1:58pm Fri 10 Jan 14

D Hoole says...

Nothing to say against any of the above, but I would say to the article's author : Just because a source was culverted doesn't mean it has ceased to exist. This refers to Wandle Park where various things were done to the river over many years, culminating in diversion into a culvert to cross the park, and the filling in of that part of the river bed. The 'source' or spring continued to flow into the culvert and out the end of it towards Waddon Ponds. I think it's naturally underground between those two points hence Waddon Ponds became the first 'visible' source in the area.
Recently the council has re-exposed the river in Wandle Park, so now that is one of the 'sources' again, although the water in the area never really went away!
Nothing to say against any of the above, but I would say to the article's author : Just because a source was culverted doesn't mean it has ceased to exist. This refers to Wandle Park where various things were done to the river over many years, culminating in diversion into a culvert to cross the park, and the filling in of that part of the river bed. The 'source' or spring continued to flow into the culvert and out the end of it towards Waddon Ponds. I think it's naturally underground between those two points hence Waddon Ponds became the first 'visible' source in the area. Recently the council has re-exposed the river in Wandle Park, so now that is one of the 'sources' again, although the water in the area never really went away! D Hoole
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