Worsfold

Sir Thomas Cato Worsfold, 1st Baronet DL JP (14 February 1861 – 11 July 1936) was a British baronet and politician. He gained an LLD from Trinity College, Dublin and in 1918 he was elected as a Coalition Conservative Member of Parliament for Mitcham. He resigned from the House of Commons on 13 February 1923 by appointment as Steward of the Chiltern Hundreds. The following year he was created a baronet, of The Hall Place.

Newspaper Articles
Cornishman – Thursday 16 July 1936
DEATH OF FORMER MP.

SIR THOMAS CATO WORSFOLD, LONDON, Saturday.

Sir Thomas Cato Worsfold, Bart member of Parliament for Mitcham, died at his Mitcham Home, to-day, aged 75. Sir Thomas was chairman of Eastwood, Limited, brick and cement merchants. Graduating from Trinity College, Dublin, Sir Cato entered the legal profession and became a solicitor. He subsequently became Commissioner in England for the British Colonies and High Courts of the United States, America. He leaves no heir.


Surrey Mirror – Friday 21 March 1924
Letters patent have passed the great Seal of the United Kingdom granting the dignity of a baronet Mr. Thomas Cato Worsfold, of The Hall Place, Mitcham.


Sunderland Daily Echo and Shipping Gazette – Wednesday 26 January 1921
FAMILY OF NOTABLE NAMES.
Grandfather Who Got Tired of Tom, Dick and Bill.

Marcus Brutus Hubble, a Mitcham publican, his sons Marcus Caius Cornelius Horatio and Brutus Cesar Theodore Hubble, and his grandson Marcus Aurelius Hippolytus Theodore Hubble, are not the only residents of Church Road who lend to that thoroughfare classical distinction At the beginning of it dwells Dr Cato Worsfold, the member of Parliament for Mitcham; Julius Caesar Smith, hawker, lives at the end, and near the middle are to be found Agrippa Money and little Xenophon Wilks. Mr Hubble, the elder, three brothers and sisters: Martius Caius Coriolanus, Horatio David Pericles. Arthur Plato Cornelius, Orphelia Carolina DesdemonaCecilia Laura Augustina, and Juliet Octavia. “A learned great-great uncle began the noise,” said Mr Brutus Hubble to a Daily News representative, “but none know much about the gents, after whom are named. Grandfather, I understand, got tired hearing Tom, Dick, Bill and Jack, so at a great-great-uncle’s suggestion he made a change. For myself I like the names”.


Derby Daily Telegraph – Friday 08 February 1929
ANIMALS TRAPPED BY FIRE

Baronet Helps in Rescue

A pony and several valuable Pyrenean dogs were rescued in a fire that broke out early to-day, and destroyed part of the stables of the Hall Place, Mitcham, the home of Sir Cato Worsfold, the ex-M.P. “The pony was in the middle of a furnace,” a fireman said. “He must have been surrounded by fire for at least half an hour after the outbreak was discovered. One of the dogs rescued was Roland, whose kennel was directly beneath the stable. “He was released by gardener and promptly bolted,” said Sir Cato. “He was brought back by his own son, Benoit, who took him to his own kennel.” Sir Cato assisted in the rescue of friends.

Sir Cato Worsfold’s dogs pictured in Cold Blows Lane


Surrey Mirror – Saturday 03 June 1882
The will of Worsfold, late of Hall-place, Mitcham, Surrey, who died on the 25th March last, was proved on the 23rd May Eliza Worsfold, the widow, and William Worsfold and Thomas Cato Worsfold, the sons, the executors. The testator gives to his widow £1,000 and his furniture, and gives the residue of his estate to her for life, and afterwards to his sons and daughters. The personalty amounts to £9,799 3s. 6d.

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