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My local river is a tributary of the Thames, and it isn't superficially all that impressive. A stream, really, quite narrow and shallow. But in the early industrial revolution, it was perfect for the water-powered technology of the time. For a while, it was the most heavily-used industrial waterway in the country. Now all the watermills have gone, it's hard to imagine the industrial powerhouse it used to be, but I think this little leftover weir shows how fast it flows.



This is the idyllic version of the river, running through parkland around the nice home of the businessman who ran the mill here.
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And this is the remains of his mill, barely 100 yards away, one of many which went all the way along the river. There's one functioning water wheel on the Wandle, but (clearly) it isn't this one:
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It seems a shame, really, that we no longer make use of that power.
I agree. Surely small mills could still provide useful service - even supplying electricity I would think.
I agree, though since it was mainly dye and tobacco works along the river it was absolutely filthy when it was being used. So there's quite a bit of me that's happy it's just a pretty stream now.
The tranquil scene is just lovely (although, I agree, more of stream than a river).
Yep, though to be fair it was late summer and about as low as it gets. It's not one of the Thames's more notable tributaries!
Lovely. I really enjoyed the compare and contrast of the different moods.
How quickly Mother Nature reclaims her own.