Tag Archives: 18th century

1717 : Earliest newspaper mention

The earliest newspaper mention so far found on the British Newspaper Archives is from 25th May, 1717:

May 25th, 1717
From the Stamford Mercury – Thursday 30 May 1717:
“That Same Day a Man and his Wife, were brought from Mitcham in Surrey, and made Prisoners in the Marshalsea, for Coining Several £1000 in false Money.”
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Wood and Deacon

Whitsters, according to this news item from 1749

“On Saturday Thomas Wiltshire was committed to the new jail in Southwark by William Hammond, Esquire; charged on oath, and his own confession, with feloniously taking and carrying away a large quantity of Dowlas from the grounds of this Messrs Wood and Deacon, of the parish of Mitcham, Witsters.”

The Penny London Post, 10th April 1749

Source: The Penny London Post, 10th April 1749

Eric Montague says that “Mr Wood’s Silk Mill” is shown on a map of 1831 near to Wandle Villa. Page 41 of Mitcham Histories : 8 Phipps Bridge, 2006 edition.

Hall Place

clip from Merton Memories photo Canon Wilson’s Jubilee at Hall Place, Mitcham, reference Mit_People_136-2, copyright London Borough of Merton

1910 OS map

20160417 arch and panel

20160417 Hall Place panel

Inscription on panel about Hall Place:

Hall Place

This archway dates from the 14th century and was once the entrance to a private chapel inside Hall Place, a house first built in 1348 by the wine merchant Henry de Strete. It is thought that when the “Black Death” was at its peak, the private chapel was built so that the de Strete family could worship away from people most likely to pass on the disease. Many members of the clergy ministering to the poor also died during this time, leaving village churches without ministers.

Hall Place remained until the 19th century when William Worsfold, demolished the building, which was then in a state of decline and neglect.

In 1867 he began building a new house in its place, constructed in the Victorian Gothic Style which was fashionable at the time. This Victorian Hall Place passed through three generations of the Worsfolds family until the death of Cato Worsfold in 1936. His wife then agreed to sell the estate to developers to build houses but these plans were abandoned due to the outbreak of World War Two. After the war Surrey County Council acquired the estate and in the summer of 1949 Hall Place was demolished with only the Medieval archway remaining.

The site was left derelict for another 22 years before it was brought back into the life of the community, with the building of Ravensbury School, now our very own Cricket Green School, built in 1970.

Hall Place was demolished in 1949.

See also the Worsfold family.


Maps are reproduced with the permission of the National Library of Scotland.

55 Upper Green East

clip from Merton Memories photo, reference Mit_Work_Industry_52-1, copyright London Borough of Merton

Grade II Listed Building on Historic England which says:

House, originally detached. Late C18. Weatherboarded. Slate hipped roof to eaves. 2 storeys, 2 bays. C19 shopfront to ground floor, plate glass. Square headed windows to upper floor, late C20 casements.

Deeds dated 22nd December, 1949, mention Robert Chart as part owner with A.C. Jenner and Albert Crisp as lessee. On 2nd August 1956, Alfred Crisp bought the freehold.

From Merton Memories:
Originally John R. Chart’s shop for the sale of corn and seed. It dates from early 1800. One of the few part weather boarded buildings left it was acquired by Alfred Crisp & Son in 1932 for their boot and shoe repairs business. They remained until 1990 it was then converted to a private home in 1991.

Photo taken 2016

1953 OS map

1953 OS map

A planning application in 1991 was approved for it to be converted from a shop to residential. See 91/P0065.

Maps are reproduced with the permission of the National Library of Scotland.