Edwin Chart

Death reported in Sutton & Epsom Advertiser of 3rd March 1888


—We have this week to record the death of one of the oldest and most respected of Mitcham’s inhabitants, viz., Mr. Edwin Chart, of Upper Mitcham. Mr. Chart was a gentleman well known in Mitcham, and indeed in Surrey, and was for a great number of years Vestry Clerk of the parish, which position he admirably and conscientiously filled, but latterly, owing to his great age, 83 years, the old gentleman, although possessed of all his faculties, had not been able to carry out the duties of the office, but these have been undertaken and carried out efficiently by his son, Mr. Robert Masters Chart, of Lower Mitcham, the Surveyor to the Croydon Rural Sanitary Authority. Mr. Chart was a man of very considerable business tact and ability, and for many years carried on successfully the calling of an architect, surveyor, and house and estate agent. Mr. Chart was held in high esteem by all who personally knew him, and was quite an authority on matters parochial in Mitcham. He died on Thursday afternoon last at his residence at Upper Mitcham.

Funeral reported in Sutton & Epsom Advertiser of 10th March 1888

– On Wednesday afternoon last the mortal remains of the late Mr. Edwin Chart, of Upper Mitcham, were interred at the Parish Churchyard, the Revs. D. F. Wilson and O. H. Seaton conducting the burial service. The funeral cortege started from his residence at four o’clock, the body being drawn in an open car, the coffin being covered with wreaths of flowers sent by the friends of the deceased. The mournful procession was made up by a large number of private carriages of residents who desired to show their respect for the deceased, amongst these being Mr Rutter, Mr. Sydney Gedge, M.P., Dr. Edward Marshall, Dr. Ferrier Clarke, Councillor Godson (Croydon), Mr. Haddock (Blake, Son, and Haddock, Croydon), Mr. T. H. Ebbutt (Croydon), and two representatives from the firm of Messrs. Nalder and Collyer, and many others. Great respect was shown by the inhabitants on the route to the churchyard, blinds being drawn and shutters up, and at the church a large concourse of people attended, many tradesmen appearing at the graveside. That part of the burial service conducted in the church was choral, the Dead March in Saul being played on the organ in a very efficient manner. On the tombstone by the side of the grave where the deceased is laid is the following, which we give ; showing the various members of the Chart family who have figured in Mitcham in time past, and who it will be noticed are remarkable for longevity. “William Chart, died 15th January, 1756, aged years ; Mary, his wife, died October 29th, 177? aged 84 years ; William Chart, clerk for 44 years being appointed 29th March, 1761, died 29th March 1805, aged 78 years ; Mary, his wife, died 8th September, 1824, aged 86 years ; also Margaret Chart, died November, 1839, aged 71, years ; John Chart, builder of this church, and 41 years parish clerk, died April 21st, 1846, in his 80th year.” Mr. Edwin Chart, the deceased, for many years held offices of parish clerk and vestry clerk, and also ? of inspector of nuisances under the old Act. He also an architect and surveyor of no mean calibre and for many years successfully carried on the business of a house and estate agent. The gentleman, in his younger days was a man of very considerable energy and very prompt in all business matters, whether parochial or private. He was of a cheerful disposition, and a good companion whether in business or at the festive board, and his gentle disposition gained him many friends. The duties of Vestry clerk are now being carried out in an efficient manner by Mr. R. M. Chart, the son of the deceased.

Note that the right hand side of the press cutting has clipped the endings of some words.

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