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Mitcham Evening Institute

From the Mitcham Youth Handbook of 1949

The Mitcham Evening Institute, which is one of the largest in the County, provides further educational facilities for students of all ages. Classes are arranged in a wide variety of subjects: commercial, technical and recreational. There are two main Centres:—

Western Road County Secondary School,
Western Road, Mitcham.

Pollards Hill County Secondary School,
Greenwood Road, Mitcham.

There are also a number of specialized classes held in other schools suitable buildings in the Borough. The majority of the classes commence in September and continue for two periods—September to Easter, and Easter to July — with the usual short breaks for Christmas and Whitsun. Enrolments are accepted at any time, but intending students are urged to enrol during the first week of a fresh session.

There are no fees for students under 19 years of age and for those over the fees are very moderate.

Providing that there is a demand, classes can be formed in any subject. This applies to Youth Organisations catering for the cultural activities of their members.

Arrangements are provided for students to sit for examinations set by the Royal Society of Arts, Pitman’s, London Chamber of Commerce, the Royal Life Saving Society and the Surrey Education Committee.

A prospectus, giving full details, is issued in September of each year, and copies can be obtained from the Public Library, the Youth Employment Bureau, the Divisional Executive Officer or direct from:

Mr. George A. Saunders,
Western Road C.S. School,
Mitcham (MlTcham 4955), Head of Institute.


Mr. S. M. Smith,
Pollards Hill C.S. School,
Mitcham (Pollards 3707),
Deputy Head of Institute.

Source: Local Studies Centre, Morden Library, Civic Centre, Morden.
Reference: L2 (369) MIT

James Bridger

born 1806 died 1885

Natural son of James Moore, he inherited Lordship of the Manor of Biggin and Tamworth, and held it for thirty years.

Married Rachel Holden on 8th April 1834 at the Parish Church.

On 9th June 1859 his daughter Elizabeth married John Armfield.

The 1861 census stated that he was 55 years old, lived at Manor House, Figs Marsh. Occupation ‘Medical Herbs Grower, cultivating 320 acres, employing about 40 hands’. His wife Rachel was 50, with sons Benjamin 24, James H 22, Frederick 10 and daughters Maria 19 and Emily 13.

The 1871 census lists him at Biggin Farm with 302 acres, employing 40 men and 10 boys. Grandchildren Gertrude,5, and John A Armfield,3, are also listed.

In 1876, fined for a late night card game at the White Hart.

1879 Rock Terrace Alleged Assault

Source: Croydon Advertiser and East Surrey Reporter – Saturday 05 April 1879

Drunkeness and Alleged Assault.

At the Croydon Police-court Monday James Stone, a labourer, of Rock-terrace, Mitcham, was charged with being drunk and disorderly, and also with assaulting Charlotte Stone.

P.-c. 241 W stated that on the previous night he heard cries of “Murder” in Bath-terrace; and on proceeding there he found Charlotte Stone leaning against some railings, moaning, and with her clothes torn. He accused the prisoner of having assaulted her, and, as he was drunk, witness took him into custody.

William Gregory, of 3, Bath-terrace, Bath-road, Mitcham, stated that prisoner and his sister, Charlotte Stone, had quarrelled, and he described the conduct of the woman, who was a prostitute, as having been of a very aggravating character.

Caroline Stone, sister of Charlotte Stone, having also made a statement, Mr. Edridge said the parties were a bad lot altogether. He ordered the prisoner to pay a fine of 10s., and 9s. costs, for being drunk and disorderly, and intimated that if the money were not paid by four o’clock the prisoner would be sent to the House of Correction for week.