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1941 Agreement between Mitcham and Morden Councils to keep Morden Hall Park open to the public

Source: The Mitcham and Colliers Wood Gazette, 7th July 1941

A conference of representatives of the Mitcham Borough Council and the Merton and Morden Council has agreed to recommend both Councils to support the National Trust in keeping Morden Hall Estate open to the public.

The conference considered correspondence with the National Trust with regard to the offer which has been made to the Trust by the executors of the late Mr. Gilliat E. Hatfeild affecting the Morden Hall Estate.

The Park is about 105 acres in extent, of which 50 acres is in Merton and Morden and 55 acres in Mitcham, and the offer includes the park, mansion, cottages and properties adjoining

If the offer is accepted by the National Trust an endowment fund will be handed over with the property. An estimate of anticipated income and expenditure shows a probable deficit of £175 a year, after taking into account the income from the endowment and rents of cottages and other properties.

The conference was informed that if the Trust could be given an assurance that the Mitcham and Merton and Morden Councils would be willing to contribute towards any loss there may be on the upkeep of Morden Hall Park the Trust will be willing to accept the bequest.

The conference reached the following decisions unanimously :

To recommend the Mitcham and Merton and Morden Councils to give an assurance to the National Trust that on the understanding that Morden Hall Park is to be kept as an open space free to the public, any deficit approximating to that shown in the draft budget received from the Trust will be met by the two Councils; and

To recommend that any such deficit be shared equally by the Mitcham and Merton and Morden Councils.

Harry Leonard Gauntlett

Born in 1881, in the 1939 electoral register he lived at 27 Mitcham Park with his wife Louisa, and his occupation was listed as the director of a soap manufacturer, which was R.F. White & Co.

In 1938 he was a councillor on the Mitcham Borough Council in the South Ward.

He died 28th June 1953, and left £18,238 2s. to his widow.

He was chairman of the Mitcham Cricket Club and was succeeded by Stephen Chart.