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'Mysterious Mitcham' is the online sequel to the original 'Strange Mitcham', which contains stories not found on this website:

Second (2011) edition is now available in paperback and eBook formats.

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

Strange Mitcham



Haunted Wandsworth

Ghosts and legends of the London Borough of Wandsworth (covers Balham, Battersea, Putney, Tooting & Wandsworth):

Haunted London

Ghosts and legends of London:

Haunted Lambeth

Ghosts and legends of the London Borough of Lambeth (covers Brixton, Clapham, North Lambeth, Norwood, Stockwell & Streatham):

The Poltergeist Prince
of London


The remarkable true story of the Battersea poltergeist:



Mitcham certainly has its fair share of mysteries!

When I originally published my booklet Strange Mitcham in 2002, I was forced to leave out many interesting stories because including them all would have increased production costs - and consequently the cover price - far beyond what was affordable. Happily, these missing stories can now be presented here, together with a number of new tales, many of which were sent to me by readers of Strange Mitcham.

So what can you read about here? The stories are a collection of folklore, traditions and - of course - tales of ghosts and other mysterious phenomena, all related to Mitcham. Whereas some of the supposedly true accounts may tell of genuinely inexplicable experiences, others might fall more comfortably into categories such as legends and misperceptions, and the boundaries between such categories can be less defined than might be supposed. (Indeed, such tales may often reveal less about the 'supernatural' than about the deeper mystery of what it means to be human.) It is, therefore, up to the reader to decide how much to accept as 'real', how much to value more for any insights into local history and how much simply to enjoy.

If, after reading the stories here, you find you want to discover more of Mitcham's strange tales, I am delighted to announce that a new (2011) edition of my original Strange Mitcham is now available: click here for details.

And if this has whetted your appetite for local tales of ghostly goings-on, you will also enjoy Haunted Wandsworth, my 2006 book of ghost stories from the London Borough of Wandsworth (covering Balham, Battersea, Putney, Tooting and Wandsworth). Again, you can buy copies of Haunted Wandsworth by ordering through my website.

The tales told in Mysterious Mitcham are being collected as part of Project Albion, an ongoing effort by ASSAP (the Association for the Scientific Study of Anomalous Phenomena). Project Albion's eventual aim is to record and collate mysteries and folklore from all across the country in what has been called a 'Domesday Book of the paranormal'. If the number of odd stories in just this tiny part of England is anything to go by, the research will continue for a very long time to come!

Best wishes,

James Clark

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