Copper Milling on the Wandle
by E N Montague
Whereas the establishment of copper mills at various locations throughout the Wandle Valley during the late 17th and early 18th centuries occasionally finds a brief mention in the respective parish histories, the phenomenon overall has so far attracted only passing comment and, rather surprisingly, appears not to have stimulated any detailed study by industrial historians.
This booklet brings together the more readily available information concerning those mills lying within Merton and Mitcham, to consider the factors behind this sudden emergence of the industry in the area and, perhaps, to encourage further work by others whose knowledge lies beyond the borders of these two parishes.
Extract from the Introduction