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.”

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.