Morden Hall Park (16.3.2019)

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Morden Hall Park (South London)

We have been visiting Morden Hall, its shops, museums and park for many years. There is a very good garden centre both indoors and outdoors, which sells everything from plants, statues, ornaments, large ceramic pots, furniture, green houses, wooden sheds, large outdoor fish (carp), and anything needed for the average garden! There is also an excellent centre specialising in many and varied pet fish (including eels and seahorses), including many types of fresh-water or tropical fish-tanks and every kind of accessory. The cafe sells excellent cream teas and very good food. All these shops surround the entrance (near the car-park), with the park proper being ‘free’ to enter despite being managed by the National Trust. From the 18th century to the 20th century, Snuff Mills were established alongside the River Wandle, and the area became very affluent as a consequence. However, as times (and habits) changed, the area declined and was eventually donated to the care of the National Trust by its last owner – Gilliat Hadfield – in 1941 (during the uncertain days of WWII). The area consists of 120 acres of explorable parkland and water features, with a ‘free’ 10km run around the grounds starting at the White Bridge (at 830am) every fourth Sunday. Of course, dogs are welcome both on and off a lead! Although Mei-An has already visited some years ago, she could not remember, and this is the first-time Kai-Lin has seen the place! Both enjoyed their time here, today!

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