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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 Phantom of the 'Folly'

At the top of Phipps Bridge Road stands a row of 19th century cottages known as 'Everett's Place'. Standing beside the last of these, at the northern end, is an unusual building designed to look like a ruined castle tower. Various tales that have grown up around this curious folly were recorded in Strange Mitcham (2002) and, after reading that booklet, DB contacted me to tell the following story.

Above: The 'Folly'. See 'Strange Mitcham' (2002) for more stories attached to this building.

DB moved away from Mitcham many years ago but she remains interested in Mitcham because of her family's long connection with the area. Her paternal grandmother taught at the Star school and her grandfather was a policeman at Mitcham station. While researching her family history she discovered that her maternal grandmother 'was of Gypsy origin and lived on the Common as a child with her family. They later moved to Queens Road. After she was married she moved to Everett's Cottages in the "Folly".'

Recently, DB 'had contact with my uncle who is the last member of this family and he has told me so much about the family history. [...] He told me that when the family were living there [i.e. in the "Folly"] (c. 1905-1910?), they often saw someone climbing the stairs with a candle. This got to be too much for my grandmother so they moved into the cottage next door.'

[Source: personal communication with DB, May 2006.]

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