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1837 : Pasture of 12 acres sold next to The Swan

Mitcham, Surrey

To Livery Stable Keepers, Horse-dealers, Coach-Masters, Farmers and Others.

– The luxuriant growing Crops of Grass on Acres of Land, and the After-pasture until April next, capital four-wheel Break, single horse Ditto, four-wheel Chaise, four other Ditto, nearly-new Hay-cart, four Sets of capital brass-mounted Chaise Harness, two Sets of Cart Ditto, Horse Clothing, Corn-binns, Stable Utensils, a three years old Filly, got by that fast Trotter Rochester, and Effects.

— By Mr. J. WISBY, upon the Premises, near the Swan, Mitcham, Surrey, THIS DAY, July 11th at Twelve, without reserve, by Order of the Executors of the late Mr. John Carpender.

Source: Morning Advertiser – Tuesday 11 July 1837 from the British Newspaper Archive (subscription required)


Ascot Road

Road built on a former golf course, hence the name the Links Estate, in around 1907. Between Seely Road and Links Road.

1913 OS map

1913 OS map

From the minutes of the Croydon Rural District council
Volume XII 1906 to 1907
Highways and New Streets and Buildings
10th January 1907

Application number 4129 from Mac Callum Bros. to build 50 houses in Ascot Road.

Occupants rom the 1915 street directory

from Links Road:

1, Alfred John SEWELL
3, Charles Robert STEGGALL
7, John BACON
9, Henry ROCHE
11, Amos JEFF
13, William J White
15, Ernest CROOK
17, James Cameron PARHAM
19, William JOHNS
21, Bertie John SAUNDERS
23, Mrs M.A. WHITE
25, Joseph OLSTEAD
27, William BUNDOCK
29, Edward WALTERS
33, Charles Henry GODWIN
35, Augustus WRIGHT
37, George PARTRIDGE
39, George Campbell GRACE
Ascot Villa, William BALDRY


2, William COOK
4, Ercole RAFFONI
6, Henry John TESTER
8, Francis BLACKWELL
10, Edmund George NEALE
12, Lascoff HUMPHREYS
14, Edward James FERGUSON
16, Charles Frederick Durrie MULFORD
18, Mrs MANDER, nurse
20, Walter John ELLIS
22, Daniel Chant WILLIS
24, William John COX
26, Lewis ESCOTT
28, John SANTRY
30, William Joseph McCARTNEY
32, Walter Henry JORDAN
36, James Arthur TILLOTT
38, Chalres James SCREECH
40, Mrs CLARK
42, Frederick Robert GREEN
44, Henry SPOONER
46, Arthur James REEVE
48, Herbert CROSSLAND
50, Mrs TAYLOR
52, Charles MORITZ
58, William WEXHAM
60, William Henry JULIAN

From a 1939 auction:


LEONARD DAVEY & HART Have been instructed to offer by Auction, at the Greyhound Hotel. Croydon, on TUESDAY. 28th MARCH, at 6.30 p.m. The following properties:-


— Attractive centrally situated Villa, producing £65 gross. Lease 67 years at £5.

Minutes of meetings held by the Croydon Rural District Council are available on request from the Merton Heritage and Local Studies Centre at Morden Library.

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

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)

1822 Bucks Head referred to in auction

Building Materials, Chaise Cart, Household Furniture, &c. Upper Tooting, Surrey.——By FLAMSTON and ELLIS, on the Premises, adjoining the Bell, in Upper Tooling, on TUESDAY, June 25, at Twelve, in Lots, THE useful Materials of Four brick and timber-built Cottages, comprising brickwork, plain and pantiles, rafters, sound oak beams, girders, framed sashes, pannelled doors, floor boards, staircases, partitions, sundry useful materials, a light chaise cart, two feather beds, and a few lots of furniture, &c. To be viewed on Monday and morning of sale. Catalogues had on the Premises at the Bell Inn, Tooting; at the Buck’s Head, Mitcham; at the Elephant and Castle, Newington; and of the Auctioneers, 76 and 143, Minories.

Source: Morning Advertiser – Saturday 22 June 1822 from the British Newspaper Archive (subscription required)

1876 auction of onions

Will Sell by Auction, at the Goat Inn, Mitcham Junction, on Thursday, March 23rd, at 5 p.m.,

THE GROWING CROP OF LISBON ONIONS, on nearly One-and-a-Half Acres of Land, in the occupation Mr. Buck, Beddington Comer. For (‘onditions of Sale see printed bills.

Source: Croydon Advertiser and East Surrey Reporter – Saturday 18 March 1876 from the British Newspaper Archive (subscription required)

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.

1939 Auction Queens Road etc

Croydon Advertiser and East Surrey Reporter – Friday 17 March 1939

Have been instructed to offer by Auction at the Greyhound Hotel, Croydon, on TUESDAY, 28th MARCH, at 6.30 p.m., The following properties.

9. ASCOT ROAD. TOOTING JUNCTlON.—Attractive centrally situated Villa producing £65 gross. Lease 67 years

2. MADEIRA ROAD, MITCHAM Residence, facing Common. Producing £91 gross.


13. BELGRAVE ROAD. MITCHAM. Shop, House and Stabling, producing £91 p.a. gross.


Catalogues from the Auctioneers: Upper Green, Mitcham; 781 London Road. ThorntonHeath. ’Phones: MIT. 0808. THO. 1361.