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Carshalton ~ Surrey Life towns and villages

PUBLISHED: 13:30 12 September 2012 | UPDATED: 18:24 20 February 2013

Carshalton ~ Surrey Life towns and villages

Carshalton ~ Surrey Life towns and villages

Key to Carshalton's development was the River Wandle and the watermills that powered industry from the 1600s, which attracted many wealthy merchants to the area

Originally published in Surrey Life towns & villages August 2012

Key to Carshaltons development was the River Wandle and the watermills that powered industry from the 1600s, which attracted many wealthy merchants to the area

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Did you know?

Raining down...
The impressive Carshalton Water Tower is managed by a voluntary charitable trust who are devoted to the conservation of its follies: an early 18th century Water Tower, the Hermitage and the mid 18th century Folly Bridge.

Hoofing it
A spring near the church of All Saints is known as Anne Boleyns Well because, as the story goes, her horse kicked a stone there and the water appeared. The story has the added spice that she was on her way to entertain King Henry VIII at the time, which probably explains why she was in a hurry

Derby days...
The Oaks at Oaks Park was one of the great sporting houses of 18th century England and where the 12th Earl of Derby and his friends devised the Oaks and the Derby the famous horse races that run annually at Epsom.

Burnt toast
The Oaks bakehouse is all that remains of the aformentioned mansion, which burnt down in the 1950s. However, it was probably not baking bread that caused the fire as the ovens survived. The estates former stables are now home to Oaks Park Artists.

While youre there...

Honeywood Museum by Carshalton Ponds, which contains local history displays including Henry VIII and Nonsuch Palace, the River Wandle, Victorian Carshalton, Edwardian toys and local railways.

Eat at...
Smashing plates at The Greek Taverna (0208 647 9207) on Green Wrythe Lane.

Drink at...
The Hope (0208 240 1255) on West Street, which is community owned and usually has seven ales on tap.

Stay at...
The Greyhound (0208 647 1511), which is found on the High Street, has over 300 years of history.

Move there for...
And get: A four-bedroom, detached home in the sought after Carshalton Beeches.

Famous neighbours?
Sir Cliff Richard went to school there.

Getting there...
Between the A217 and A23. It has two railway stations, Carshalton and Carshalton Beeches, making it an ideal commuter spot.

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