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Explore the author's map to discover strange stories from Mitcham and the surrounding areas.



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Part 1 - Mitcham:

The Phantom Cyclist
of Mitcham Common
(update to Strange Mitcham)

A Dark Figure on Mitcham Common

Tales from the
Vestry Hall

'Calico Jack': The
Playful Ghost of
Lacks the Drapers

The Faces on the Walls:
Hancock's Cottages

The Haunted Cottages
in Tramway Path

The 'Haunting' of
Hall Place

The Spectral
Soldier of Graham

The Legend of
Mitcham Fair

Remember the Grotto

The Phantom of
the 'Folly'

An Apparition at
Woof & Sabine

Haunted Rooms at
Fry Metals

The Phantom Cat

Mitcham's (not so)
Haunted Mansion

The Kingston Zodiac

The 'Ghost Tree'

Ghostly Gardeners,
Medicinal Plants and
A Magical Tree

The 'Thing'

The Wrath of God

A Ghostly Experience
in Morden Road

Mitcham Clock Tower:
When Time Ran

The Rosier Family

The 'Ball of Fire'

UFO over Mitcham
Common, 2004

UFO over Tooting
  Bec Common, 1990

Part 2 - South of
Mitcham Common:

Carew Manor

The Ghosts of
Beddington Park

Beddington Parish
Church & Churchyard

The Figure in the

Under Beddington

A Spectral Cavalier

Other Information:

Author's website

'Haunted Mitcham' Facebook group:

Facebook group set up
by Geoff Mynn in
January 2015

Heritage maps

Thanks to the
Mitcham Society
and Merton Council
there are some very
nice heritage
maps of Mitcham

Download for free
via this link.

The Mitcham Ghost

Strange Mitcham
(2002): Errata


A Spectral Cavalier

Just behind Carew Manor lies Mallinson Road and it was in one of the houses here that a phantom soldier was seen in around November of 1972. The following account comes from local resident Sue Chester:

"When John and I married, we lived in his parents' house in Mallinson Road [...] There had always been things going on in his house. His dad had always heard breathing, etc. But the worst thing was when we had been married for about six weeks and one night John woke me up and told me not to look, but to turn over the other way.

"He saw, and will swear to this day that he was wide awake, a Cavalier in full dress, right down to the feather in his hat. He was standing with his arm resting on the door handle, just staring at me and him in bed! John was really scared and this was in his prime when he was supposed to be the 'provider & protector'!"

Above: 'The Wounded Cavalier' by William Shakespeare Burton, painted 1855.

The experience prompted John and Sue to research the area's history and they discovered that the houses in Mallinson Road had been built on the site of the old workers' houses attached to Carew Manor.

The description of the ghost fits that of a Royalist soldier of the English Civil War, and as noted in Carew Manor, the Carew family is known to have been loyal to the Royalist cause. It is tempting to wonder if one of the Carews still lingers around the old family estate, wondering at the many changes that have been made.

Then again, might there be a connection with the stories of the ghost of Sir Walter Raleigh that have long circulated this area? (See the chapters about Beddington Parish Church and the alley nearby, and Beddington Park.)

[Source: personal communication with Sue Chester, 2000-2001.]

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