Take a step back in time… here’s a look at some wooden weatherboard buildings, which were once a common design feature that dotted Carshalton High Street, as this old image below shows.
To the right of the main pic was once a small maze of worker cottages, such as these houses at Clark’s Yard in the area known as Wandle Mount, later cleared by the landowner, who lived in The Grove mansion – the big house still stands nearby.
There’s a map which shows the exact location of Wandle Mount, then and now for comparison – roughly opposite which is now Calladoodles.
Also, here’s a view of Ansells Mill in Mill Lane when covered in wood (operating as the Vellum Mill), and the Grove Iron Works Mill which stood just along from here. Plus a shot of the High Street mill next to the Woodman pub.
Then a pic of the original Racehorse pub building in West Street, and an old wood-clad tea room that once stood outside the Fox and Hounds pub.
🗝 You can still enjoy spotting wood-covered buildings in the area – for example, the Swan Bar at The Greyhound and various houses around West Street. But as you can see, there were once many wood clad buildings…