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1859 Auction of Church Living


Next Presentation.

MESSRS. CRAWTER WILL SELL BY AUCTION, at Garraway’s Coffee House. ’Change Alley, Cornhill, on Wednesday, March 16th, 1859, at one o’clock precisely, the NEXT PRESENTATION to the desirable LIVING OF MITCHAM, in the County of Surrey, only 8 miles from London, and 3 from Croydon Market Town, with the advantage of Railway communication to the City or West End in a very healthy locality, and improving neighbourhood.

The income is derived from commuted rent charge in lieu of tithes, and nearly 18 Acres of Glebe Land, with the Vicarage House. &c., estimated to produce in the gross together about £670 per annum.

The Glebe Lands can viewed on application to Mr. Wm. Hills, Church-street, Mitcham ; the Vicarage House to be viewed by cards only from the Auctioneers, and with the consent of the present incumbent.

Particulars may be had ten days before the sale of Mr. Chart, Vestry Clerk, Upper Mitcham; of Messrs. Mitchell and Berkeley, Solicitors, 27, Lincolns-inn-fields ; the King’s Head, Mitcham; Cock Inn, Sutton; principal Inns at Tooting, Merton, and Epsom; the Greyhound, Croydon ; and of Messrs. Crawter, Surveyors, Land Agents, &c., 5, Bedford-row (W.C.), and Cobham, Surrey.

Source: Sussex Agricultural Express – Tuesday 15 March 1859 from the British Newspaper Archive (subscription required)

1859 William John Newman Insolvent Debtor

From the London Gazette
Publication date: 18 October 1859
Page: 3786

See Notice at the End.

The following PERSONS, who, on their several Petitions filed in the Court, have obtained Interim Orders for protection from process, are required to appear in Court as hereinafter mentioned, at the Court-House, in Portugal-Street, Lincoln’s-Inn. as follows, to be examined and dealt with according to the Statute :

On Friday the 18th November, 1859, at Eleven o’Clock, before Mr. Chief Commissioner Law.

William John Newman, formerly of Upper Mitcham, at the same time renting and letting a cottage adjoining his said residence, and also renting a piece of land at Upper Mitcham, Surrey, Herb Grower, and afterwards and now of same place, and renting and letting the cottage afore-said, and dealing in Corn, Bread, Flour, and Potato., his wife carrying on business as a Stay and Corset Maker, during the whole time at the same place.

1859 Suicide of Harriet Slater

From the South Eastern Gazette of Tuesday April 5th, 1859


An inquest was held last week at the Nag’s Head public-house, before W. Carter, Esq., touching the death of Harriet Slater, aged 27. The enquiry was a lengthened one, and has excited considerable interest in the neighbourhood. The chief facts are as follow : —

Deceased is the wife of one William Henry Slater, who worked in what are called the “physic grounds” here. Before she was married she lived in the service of Mr. Abel Garraway, at Glebelands House, whose service she left when she got married. Towards the latter end of last August her husband formed an intimacy with the daughter of a beer-house keeper named Cresswell, and went away with her, and from enquiries made by the officers of the Odd Fellows Society at Mitcham, it is believed they went to Australia, he thereby deserting his wife and an infant child. Mr. Garraway again took deceased into his service, and with the exception of occasionally deploring tbe absence of her husband, and expressing a hope that she should once more see him, she appeared to be very happy. On Tuesday morning last a young woman named Mary Gould went with some milk to Glebelands House, as usual, shortly before eight o’clock, and rang the bell, but could not make any one hear. She went again about nine o’clock, and afterwards about half-past nine, but was unsuccessful in obtaining admission, and she then went and told Mrs. Slater (deceased’s husband’s mother) of the circumstance. Ultimately, by dint of throwing dirt up at one of the windows, Miss Garraway, who resides with her father, was aroused, and came to enquire what was the matter. Mary Gould, Miss Garraway, and another female, went into the bedroom of deceased, where they found the bed-clothes much disturbed, but deceased was not there. Upon looking in a passage which led to another part of the house, however, they discovered her lying dead, in her night clothes. Mr. Crouch, surgeon, was immediately sent for, and upon searching the bed-room, discovered a cup and spoon upon the table, the former haring a white sediment at the bottom. There was also a paper, without any label, containing a white powder. Under the pillow of deceased’s bed were found two sealed envelopes, the superscription of each being in deceased’s handwriting, and a portrait of her husband.

A woman named Susannah Spencer deposed that she went to Mr. Garrawav’s on Monday evening, to pay her rent. When deceased let her in at the gate, she was crying, and witness asked her what was the matter? The reply was that she was in trouble about her husband, and should like to see him once more. Witness stopped in the kitchen with deceased for nearly an hour, during which time deceased three times said “ she hoped if she went to bed that night, she should never get up any more and afterwards that if she did get up alive she would make away with herself in some way or another. Witness told her to cheer up, and think of her dear child ; and when she left the house she appeared to be in much better spirits.

Mr. Crouch, having, under the direction of the coroner, made a post mortem examination, proved that deceased’s death was caused by arsenic, and that the cup found upon the table in her dressing-room contained a solution of the same poison.

The Coroner said he was unwilling to cause any interference in private family matters, unless absolutely necessary. He therefore left it to the jury whether he should open the letters that were found under the pillow. The jury were unanimously of opinion that they should be opened. One envelope was directed “ For my dearly be loved husband, from his poor wife.” The enclosure was very closely written, and breathed a spirit of the most ardent affection of deceased for her husband. It was dated March 27th, and commenced by stating that her dear child was born that day twelve months, from which time its unhappy mother had scarcely known one minute’s peace of mind. She, however, had been a good mother to her dear child, a good wife to her husband, and she thanked God for it. She did hope to see her husband once more, and to live with him in a little cottage of their own, with their dear child by their side. If such should never be the case, she would never marry again, as she had given her heart to her husband, and she would never give her hand to another. Under the fold of the envelope was written “ Pray God protect my child.” On the other envelope was written “ From my dear husband.” Its contents were a brief letter from her husband, which it appeared had been forwarded by him to his mother, and thence to deceased. It was as follows:—“ Give my love to my mother, brothers, and sisters, and accept the same from your very wicked, cruel husband, Wm, Henry Slater.” It was headed Jersey Islands, and dated September.

Neither Mr. Garraway nor his daughter had the slightest idea of deceased contemplating self-destruction, nor could it be ascertained where the arsenic was obtained; The only assumption being that as deceased’s husband had been in the habit of stuffing birds, and as she had treasured up everything that belonged to him, the arsenic might thus have come into her possession.

The room having been cleared, the jury, after a short deliberation, returned a verdict that deceased destroyed herself whilst suffering under “ Temporary derangement.”

Eric Montague wrote on page 128 of “Mitcham Histories 14 : Upper Mitcham and Western Road”, that William Slater emigrated to Australia and

on the banks of the Koonung Creek a few miles out of Melbourne, he set up on his own as a physic gardener, and became one of the founding fathers of the township of Mitcham, district in the City of Nunawading. With pride he called the single story house with a corrugated iron roof in which he lived Mitcham Grove, inspired no doubt for the memory of banker Henry Hoare’s house on the banks of the Wandle back home in Mitcham, Surrey.

1859 Auction of Rev Wharton’s Property

Saturday 2nd July 1859

MESSRS. BLAKE WILL SELL BY AUCTION, at the Vicarage, on Tuesday, July 12th, 12 for one o’clock (the property of the late Rev. H. J. Wharton), The capital FURNITURE, comprising Arabian and four-post bedsteads with bedding, wardrobe, chests of drawers, secretary, marble top beam stands, toilet glasses and tables, excellent Brussels carpets, rugs, fenders and fire irons, rosewood chiffonnier, loo and occasional tables, chairs, sofa, chimney glass, a cottage pianoforte by Broadwood and Sons, pedestal sideboard, sarcophagus, telescope dining table, chairs and Morocco seats, cut glass and china, dozen of choice wines, culinary and dairy requisites, garden utensils, &c., also an elegant four-wheel basket phaeton, built by Lenny (cob axe, quite new), four-wheel phaeton, harness, saddles and bridles, prime cow, poultry, &c. May be viewed the day before the sale, and catalogues had on the premises; of Mr. Edwin Chart, Estate Agent, Mitcham; Garrawy’s Coffee-house, Change-alley; and of Messrs. Blake, Croydon.

Source: Sussex Agricultural Express – Saturday 2nd July 1859 from the British Newspaper Archive (subscription required)