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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


The Faces on the Walls: Hancock's Cottages

In the early 1960s, the occupants of an old house on Commonside East were terrified by mysterious 'faces' that appeared on the walls.

The faces made their first appearance after some old wallpaper was taken off the living-room wall in the house, one of a row of houses called Hancock's Cottages (beside St Thomas of Canterbury school). New plaster was put on the wall and as it dried strange images became visible.

Above: Hancock's Cottages. (James Clark, 2007)

According to the occupants, Mr and Mrs Johnson, about a dozen faces - including images of cavaliers, grenadiers, women and young children - had manifested on various walls throughout the house by the beginning of February 1962.

Builders working on the house said they would not stay after one of them thought he saw his dead father's face on a wall. Another builder and decorator was taken aback by a powerful smell of perfume apparently coming from a wall.

Mr Johnson, a lorry driver, worked nights and Mrs Johnson was so scared to be alone in the house that she left to stay with her mother in Paddington. 'The faces looked at me all the time,' she said, and she 'couldn't stand it any more.'

An estate agent who visited the property told the Mitcham News & Mercury newspaper: 'I have never seen anything like it. There are so many faces and they are so clear that I was quite scared.' One of the walls, he added, had only been plastered five weeks before.

The newspaper also claimed that 'often people who have stayed in the cottage for more than a few minutes have fallen asleep.'

The Rev. E A Noon, Vicar of St. Mark's Church, offered to visit the house and perhaps perform an exorcism but when he called at Hancock's Cottages there was nobody home. He left his card but as at the time of the latest newspaper article I have so far found, the Rev. Noon had received no reply. To the best of my current knowledge, nothing further was ever reported.

Interestingly, Hancock's Cottages stand only a few seconds' walk from Rose Cottage, which is also reputed to be haunted: see 'The Haunting of Rose Cottage' in Strange Mitcham.

[Sources: 'The Faces on the Walls', Mitcham News & Mercury, 2 Feb 1962, p.1; 'Vicar May Exorcise Ghosts', Mitcham News & Mercury, 9 Feb, 1962, p.1; 'Faces on Walls - Vicar is Waiting', Mitcham News & Mercury, 16 Feb 1962, p.23. I am grateful to Chris Patterson for alerting me to this story.]

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