The Society has some 60 titles in its current Publications List.
Most of these are produced in-house, but we also commission some professionally printed paperback volumes.
These include Abbey Roads: a modern pilgrimage by Bill Rudd and In search of Merton Priory’s Granges by Janette Henderson, Coal and Calico: Letters and Papers of the Bennett and Leach families of Merton and Wandsworth, by Judith Goodman, and A Priory Revealed, using material relating to Merton Priory, by Lionel Green.
Our series of Mitcham Histories, by Eric Montague, is also printed professionally in paperback. All 14 volumes have now been completed, the final volume also incorporating a Series Index. Each volume covers one area of Mitcham.
In-house publications include a series of A5 booklets on a variety of local subjects, including historic buildings and estates, industries and local railways. Our latest title is another first for the Society – a Latin and English parallel text of The Life of Guy of Merton, one of the earliest canons of Merton Priory and in turn the founding prior at Taunton and Bodmin – a companion volume to our translation of the contemporary account of the founding of Merton Priory by Gilbert, sheriff of Surrey.
Our series of Local History Notes is also in A4 format, and consists mainly of original sources, including editions of important documentary sources and also the very popular reminiscences of local residents. The latest title is Albert Smith’s memoirs of GROWING UP ON THE ST HELIER ESTATE 1930–1950: School, Wartime and First Jobs.
Another series of A4 booklets is Studies in Merton History. This is an ideal format for the publication of studies undertaken as part of an academic course, as well as non-academic in-depth studies. Our latest title is OUR CONVICT SON: Harold Brewster 1895-1958: A Merton Objector to Conscription by Keith Penny. This series now also includes David Luff’s updated edition of Trouble at Mill, which provides an account of Textile Printing at Liberty Printworks and Merton Printers Ltd.
The Publications Secretary is grateful to the Society for allowing him to publicise his privately published booklets in the series Discovering the Past, covering Lower Morden & Morden Park, and West Barnes & Cannon Hill.
Merton Library Service has also published some books on our behalf, including Morden Park and three booklets on The Historic River Wandle. These are available at local libraries and at Merton Heritage & Local Studies Centre at The Civic Centre, Morden. The first two Studies in Merton’s History, now out of print, were also published by them. They have also produced books in association with other local organisations and with the Museum of London.
A list of contact addresses for other sources of local history books is appended.