Merton Abbey Mills

On the same day I went to Epping, I found the time to go south of the river and take a quick look around Merton Abbey Mills. This is a shopping and restaurant complex near Colliers Wood Station, sited near the William Morris Printworks.

Heritage plaque
Plaque marking the site of the William Morris Printworks

The buildings, most of which are original factories and mills, are sited near the river in a lovely location. There are shops and market stalls, as well as a tiny theatre (the Colour House Theatre), a stage for performers, and restaurants.

Merton Abbey Mills
Merton Abbey Mills

In one of the buildings there is a brief museum about the history of the mills, with some interesting exhibits.

Water wheel
Water wheel
The Merton Rat
The Merton Rat

I would like to come back here in the future – I think it would be a lovely place to relax over a meal.

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