The Bill Rudd Collection


The late William J Rudd spent 50 years exploring the history of Morden, and captured on film the changing face of the area over those decades. The Society is delighted to be able to hold this important collection, though it is still facing up to the challenge of sorting, scanning and cataloguing it (offers of help welcome!).

Meanwhile, a taster of the range of his Morden photos is given in the slider at the top of this page. A few photos from forays over the parish boundary are also displayed on a Merton page.

Many of his Morden photographs can be accessed here, though more await scanning.

One of Bill’s major projects was to photograph the changes in Morden’s shopping centre, and some slideshows of these photographs have been put together to enable comparison over nearly four decades.

He was also active in archaeological excavations and surveys in and around Morden, taking many photographs.

Bill spent most of his life on the St Helier estate and took many photographs of the houses and roads of the area, and of scenes around St Helier station, railways being another of his interests.

Most of the roads on the estate took their names from former monastic sites and Bill spent many years visiting and photographing all these sites. All the black and white photographs taken for his Abbey Roads project have been scanned and are accessible from this website but two boxes of coloured slides await scanning.

His account of the project has been published by the Society as Abbey Roads: a modern pilgrimage. It is generously illustrated with a good selection of his photographs.

The Society is looking for a more appropriate home for the five boxfiles of photos and ephemera relating to this project.