Waterwheel Snuff Mill - Morden Hall, London.


London, United Kingdom

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Waterwheel Snuff Mill
Morden Hall Park, London, UK.
Camera Nikon D700 with 28-300mm Nikon Lense.
ISO 100, f/16.0, 1/8th sec exposure, 58mm, tripod.

Today I took my wife out in a wheelchair to a park not far away from us here in London. Morden Hall is a great place to explore and a joy to take your camera along too, but not so good when your companion is wheelchair bound. She is such a good wife and wanted to come along and see me at work with my camra and tripod.
This is an ancient old Snuff Mill, snuff is powdered tobacco and was used years ago, can’t imagine why though all it did was make you sneeze:-) LOL.

History (from Wikipedia)
The estate land was originally owned by Westminster Abbey. There is evidence of an earlier manor-house, but the Hall dates back to the 1770s and contains a variety of natural landscapes including the parkland of the “Deer Park”, meadow and marshland. A number of historic buildings are located in the park including the Hall itself and preserved watermills where tobacco was once ground into snuff.

The Hall was owned and occupied by the Garth family for generations. It was occupied as a school for young gentlemen about 1840 until it was sold by Sir Richard Garth to a tobacco merchant Gilliat Hatfeild (1827–1906) in the 1870s.

The Hall was a military hospital during the First World War.

Gilliat Hatfeild’s son, Gilliat Edward Hatfeild (1864–9 February 1941), left the core of the estate (including the house) to the National Trust when he died. The Hall is now empty after Whitbread PLC. decided that the building/location did not fit in with the business plan they had for their Beefeater chain. They still own the lease and continue to pay rent according to the original lease contract. At least two attempts to sub-lease the property have failed after limited success.

Morden Hall Park House
Gilliat Edward Hatfeild lived at the nearby Morden Cottage which he considered better suited to his life as a bachelor. The formal garden of the cottage is surrounded by an unusual collection of ornamental trees, including one of the oldest yews in England.

Outside of the main park, the remainder of the estate has been swallowed up in housing developments stretching between Morden, South Wimbledon and Collier’s Wood and an industrial estate at Deer Park Road.

Morden Hall Park is a National Trust park located on the banks of the River Wandle in Morden, south London. It covers over 50ha (125 acres) of parkland with the River Wandle meandering through it spanned by numerous foot bridges. The estate contains Morden Hall itself, Morden Cottage, an old Snuff Mill, and many old farm buildings, some of which are now a garden centre and a city farm. The rose garden has over 2000 roses.

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