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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 Dark Figure on Mitcham Common

The phantom of a young boy riding a bicycle may haunt Seven Islands ponds on Mitcham Common (see Strange Mitcham, 2002 for details of this story, as well as the update on this website.) Was the same phantom responsible for the following events, which took place during the late 1970s/early 1980s?

At around one o'clock in the morning, Christopher Patterson - an Inspector of Taxes then in his early to mid thirties - was walking across Mitcham Common.

Above: Beside Seven Islands pond on Mitcham Common. (James Clark, 2010)

'I was heading home to Norbury. I cannot now recall where from but think it may have been a visit to my mother, and that I was walking because I had missed the last bus. I was walking along the path that leads from the Blue House roundabout to the bottom of Manor Road.'

As Mr Patterson passed the Seven Islands pond to his right, a 'dark and very small figure' came out from behind a bush to his left. It was too dark for Mr Patterson to make out many details of the figure but he could see that it 'was about three feet tall, abnormally thin and narrow, and possibly male (no skirt)'. The darkness prevented him from seeing the figure's face but it seemed to him that it was staring at him intensely.

Mr Patterson remembers thinking that 'it was late for a child to be out on its own' and wondering 'if the whole situation was some sort of trap.' As he nervously walked past and continued on his way, the dark figure stood motionless, continuing - so it seemed - to stare at him. The unsettling encounter probably lasted no more than two or three seconds but the memory of it has stayed with Mr Patterson ever since.

'For some reason I have always found the matter a little embarrassing and, although I may have told one or two people about it over the years, I have generally tended to keep it to myself.'

'There is probably a rational explanation,' concluded Mr Patterson, 'but it was pretty scary at the time.'

[Source: personal communication with Christopher Patterson, 2004.]

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