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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 Rosier Family Legend

The Rosier family lived in Mitcham for centuries. In 2004, Phil Rosier told me of an interesting family story concerning his Great Grandfather, George, owner of The Three Kings and The Beehive public houses on Commonside East beside Mitcham Common:

'My immediate ancestors were all from Mitcham and their Rosier name is still very prominent there (Rosiers Yard being one). They owned and lived in The Three Kings, Vine Cottage, Rosiers Yard and The Beehive and several other properties in that row along Commonside East from the late 1700s onwards.

'In my childhood at family gatherings the talk was always of my Great Grandfather George Rosier, and his pride in The Three Kings and The Beehive and how he would never leave anyone else to be in charge. So much so that he still watches over both premises and woe betide the person that didn't do their job properly because they wouldn't stay on in their job for long.'

'Whether it be true or not I don't know, but for sure recently both establishments have closed down.'

Above and below: The Beehive and The Three Kings, photographed in October 2007: sadly, difficulties attracting customers and problems with unruly behaviour mean that neither of these once popular pubs remains what they were. (James Clark, 2007)

[Source: personal communication with Phil Rosier, September 2004.]

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