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1890 : Church denied share of profits from Mitcham Common gravel extraction

From the Huddersfield Daily Chronicle – Thursday 17th July 1890

A CURIOUS CASE.

Mr. Justice Kekewich, on Wednesday, decided a curious case raised by the Ecclesiastical Commissioner, who, in 1862, were made lords of the manor of Vauxhall, who now brought an action against the devisees of James Bridger, lord of the manor of Biggin and Tamworth. and also the lords of the manor of Mitcham and Ravensbury, to recover one-fourth of the profits derived by the defendants from the gravel digging on Mitcham Common. The Ecclesiastical Commissioners contended that they were successors of the Dean and Chapter of Canterbury. the title being traced back to the reign of Edward I., who granted the manor to the Black Prince, who transferred it to the convent of Christ Church, Canterbury, and on the dissolution of the monasteries it was vested in the Crown in the reign of Henry VIII. The plaintiffs urged that the manor extended to Mitcham Common, which belonged to them and the other lords of the manor as tenants in common, and that, therefore, they were entitled to take their share of the gravel. His lordship gave judgment against the Ecclesiastical Commissioners, with costs, holding that they had failed to make out their case.

1853 auction of Manor of Biggin and Tamworth

MITCHAM, Surrey, close to Lower Tooting, and near Streatham and Croydon.

—To CAPITALISTS, Freehold Land and Building Societies, Market-gardeners, Medical Herbgrowers, and Others.—Valuable and extensive MANOR, with FREEHOLD and COPYHOLD PROPERTIES, nearly all land-tax free, comprising the remaining portion the estates of the late James Moore, Esq.

—Messrs. CRAWTER are favoured with instructions from the Devisee in Trust for Sale (and with the consent of the Mortgagee) to offer by AUCTION, at Garraway’s Coffee-house, Changealley, Cornhill, London, on MONDAY, Aug. 29, 1853, and two following days, at One precisely each day, in about seventy convenient lots, Nearly Three Hundred and Fifty Acres of superior LAND (part with brick earth), several buildings, consisting of a spacious Silk Printing Manufacturing Premises, with capital residence attached. The Prince of Wales Public-house, sundry Houses, Cottages, Brick Field, and Homesteads; very desirable Family Residence and Lands, known as Sherwood Farm; capital Wood, containing nearly 30 acres, well stocked with timber and underwood, and easily made a good game preserve.

And the extensive and lucrative Manor of Biggin and Tamworth, paying fines arbitrary, heriots, quit rents, tools, and appurtenances, with rights in and over the extensive common and waste. The situations of the estates are dispersed, but very eligible, being close to the church, Phipp’s-bridge, and road to Merton, Half Furlong, Blacklands, East Field, &c.; also on the high road from Mitcham to Morden, near the high roads to Streatham and Croydon, and part close to Lower Tooting.

All the land is in a high state of cultivation, of first-rate quality, particularly adapted to the growth of Medical Herbs (for which they were used by the late proprietor), and Market Garden Crops ; also productive Meadow and Pasture Lands, and several eligible Building Sites with extensive frontages, in a healthy improving neighbourhood, surrounded and adjoining to good roads, only eight miles from London, and three from Croydon Town. The whole of the value of upwards of £1,000 per annum, part being secured leases to responsible tenants, with reversions, and so near the metropolis, affords a rare opportunity to Trustees for investment, and is well worthy the attention of any capitalists.

The Croydon and Wimbledon Railway is about to be formed, and will pass through this estate; several of the most eligible lots will be within a few minutes’ walk of the proposed Station.

Possession of the greater part can be had at Christmas next. Particulars can be had 14 days prior to the Sale on application to T. E. Penfold, Esq., Solicitor, 42, Mecklenburgh-square; at Garraway’s; the King’s Head and Buck’s Head, Mitcham; the Greyhound, and Cock Inns, Sutton; principal Inns at Tooting, Merton, Corshalton, and at Messrs. Crawter, Surveyors, Land Agents, &c., 7, Southampton-buildings, Chancery-lane, and Cobham, Surrey.

A competent person will be employed to show the lands.