September 2004 – Bulletin 151
The Admiral’s Sicilian Patch – L Cowell
The First Wandle Valley Festival – W J Rudd
John William Godward (1861-1922) – D Bazley
The Centenary of John Innes (1829-1904) – J A Goodman
Tooting Bec – L Green
and much more
PRESIDENT: J Scott McCracken BA FSA MIFA PRESIDENT: J Scott McCracken BA FSA MIFA
VICE PRESIDENTS: Viscountess Hanworth, Lionel Green and William Rudd
BULLETIN NO. 151CHAIRMAN: Peter Hopkins SEPTEMBER 2004
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Thursday 23 September 2.30pm Visit to Dennis Severs. house
The late Dennis Severs was an artist who restored his house to how it might have been when
in by a Huguenot silk-weaving family called Jervis early in the 18th century. It is less a
than an extraordinary total experience, and one has to use all five senses plus imagination to
the most out of a visit.
Maximum of 30 people. Cost £8 a head, payable on the day. Meet in Folgate Street,
which is only a short walk from Liverpool Street station or can be reached by bus
Thursday 7 October 10.30am Visit to new Mosque at Morden
A guided tour of this striking building in London Road, belonging to the Ahmadiyya Association
UK. Please note that you will be required to remove your shoes for part
of the visit.
No charge, but donations are welcomed. Meet in the forecourt. Frequent bus services.
Saturday 23 October 2.30.4pm Committee Rooms B-D Merton Civic Centre
.The Mills and Gardens of the Upper Wandle.
John Phillips, Heritage Projects Officer, London Borough of Sutton, makes a welcome return
visit with this illustrated lecture.
The Committee Rooms are on the first floor. Use the main front entrance and follow directions
the lifts and staircase at the rear of the building. Maximum 54. (No refreshments or
Saturday 6 November 2.30pm Morden Baptist Church
Annual General Meeting (see Agenda on page 16)
Once business is over, member Audrey Thomas will talk about .The Furzedown Estate..
Saturday 4 December 2.30pm Morden Baptist Church
‘sherlock Holmes in Streatham.
John Brown, who produces the useful Local History Reprints series, is a well-known member of
and speaker to the Streatham Society, and is also one of our own members. The subject he has
chosen certainly sounds intriguing!
Morden Baptist Church is in the town centre, on the corner of Crown Lane and Grasmere Avenue.
The Society’s events are open to the general public, unless otherwise stated.
Non-members are invited to make a small donation to help with the Society’s running costs.
THE LAND OF .JACK ASHORE’
On Saturday 12 June a party of ten MHS members (just enough to benefit from the concession rate
. and the
ticket is valid for a year) met in the sunshine outside what was once No.1 Warehouse, West
India Quay, and the
longest brick building in the world, and is now a Grade I listed structure.
The Museum in Docklands gave us a warm welcome and we were instructed to go up to the top
floor, where the
displays begin, introduced byTime Team’s Tony Robinson on video. Then followed a most absorbing
as we followed the story of London’s docks from AD50 to the present day.
We began with the Romans, who imported the foods from home that they must have missed . olives,
dried fruit and garum, the fermented fish sauce which they seem to have added to just about
anything. And they
exported metals, grain, hides . and slaves.
The Saxons had their river market, the .mart of many nations. (Bede), along the line of the
Strand. Their timber
bridge was replaced by a stone one c.1170. There is a splendid model to see of London Bridge as
it was c.1440.
The Tudors imported a huge range of mainly luxury goods for rich citizens of London, including
ceramics and Venetian glass.
The docks continued to expand. Just one piece of statistics:- In the year 1794 alone 3663 ships
ports docked in London, and more than 19,000 coasters. I learned (not before time) that a
lighter was so called
because it lightens the ship from which it is loaded. Also that a hoy was a .bluff-bowed and
carrier. that plied along the Thames and the east coast.
Porters were licensed by the City Corporation, and the Fellowship of Billingsgate Porters
cargoes such as grain, salt, malt and fish and wore brass badges and leather tallies on which
they could record
their jobs. I recall that The Six Jolly Fellowship-Porters was the name of the squalid little
waterside tavern in
Our Mutual Friend . and now I know what the name means.
There were plenty of grim items to reflect on . for instance, drawings of the layout of slave-
ships, and a gibbet
cage, in which the tarred body of a pirate would have dangled as a warning.
There is a reconstruction of a .Legal Quay. from around
1790, complete with counting-house, crane and
beamscale. By that date there were two large enclosed
docks already built, the Greenland and the Brunswick,
but the beginning of the 19th century saw a drive towards
building massive new docks, and at the same time a
determined effort to crack down on the cheating and
corruption that was costing merchants and HM Customs
huge sums of money. By 1810 London had the best port
facilities in the world.
Other aspects of the river, such as frost fairs, ceremonial
barges and racing boats are not ignored. There is a section
about the policing of river and docks. And a re-creation
of a corner of ‘sailortown. evokes the life of .Jack
ashore. . chandlers, taverns, slop sellers and cheap
In the Thames Gallery is a collection of working and
pleasure boats, as well as diving equipment used by the
PLA (established in 1909) to lay buoys and locate wrecks.
After a powerful display about the docklands in the Blitz
we came up to the period of industrial action, dock
closures and redevelopment, illustrated partly with some
striking (no pun intended) locally produced posters. And
as we came to the end of our journey I think we all felt
we had had a truly stimulating afternoon. If there was
too much to take in during a single visit, we could go
back with that valid-for-a-year ticket and learn some
more. Oh, and there is a friendly café and a good shop.
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Detail of Brunswick Dock (1803) by William Daniell
(taken from Museum guide)
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BESIDE THE SEASIDE
On Saturday 10 July a goodly number of our members gather to participate in our annual coach
proceed to Sanderstead to pick up members of the WEA, then on to Portsmouth.
On arrival we board the pleasure boat Diana S for a trip round the harbour. We pass HMS
Warrior, 1860, the
first iron-clad, of 1000 tons. It was built to repel the French. Beyond the Warrior we can see
the masts of the
Victory. Other ships.names that stir the blood of all true Englishmen are here . Ark Royal, the
Iron Duke plus
Gloucester, Nottingham, Southampton. And that ship that went aground off the coast of Australia
is in for a refit
costing £25 million. So that’s why Gordon Brown looks so grim!
There are many small craft also riding at anchor. A trim-looking yacht has a large plaintive
sign along its length
On returning to the coach we were joined by Peter Parker, an official guide, who was first
Portsmouth was first mentioned in the 12th century, but didn’t become a city until 1926.
Surprisingly, it is on an
island site. It currently has a population of 190,000. In 1800 it had its own canal system.
A large building project is under way, centred on the Spinnaker Tower, standing at 260 feet,
with a viewing
platform from which you can see a distance of 26 miles. It should have been opened this year .
now it is next
year, due to financial problems. Like the yacht it needsasponsor.dot.com.uk!
We saw the George Hotel (now George Court) where Lord Nelson stayed before boarding Victory and
his death off Trafalgar. And the .village. of Milton, where there is a Sherman tank. Then to
the two generals, Montgomery and Eisenhower, went to the local pub to relax together. Monty, a
sipped orange juice, and Ike sipped a half-pint of local beer. Ike never liked Monty. After the
war, each year
Monty sent Ike a Christmas card, but Ike never sent one to him. Monty mentioned this in a radio
shortly before his death.
The estate village of Southwick keeps its special character in little ways. All front doors are
painted maroon. A
sad sign of the times is that the church of St James is now a computer centre. Deus ex machina.
Then to Charles Dickens. birthplace at 393 Old Commercial Road. This is now a truncated
roadway, quiet and
pleasant. The house was probably built in the late 18th century. Dickens was born on 7 February
rooms are rather small, but cosy. The sofa that he died on is here, though he died at his home
at Gads Hill, Kent,
in 1870. For a fan of the man and his books there is a wide range of Dickensiana on sale.
On Portsdown we see the Nelson Monument, paid for
by contributions from the men who served under him.
We arrive at Fort Nelson, a large area now administered
by a team from the Royal Armouries, with a large
amount of weaponry on display . from pistols you
could slip into a handbag (don’t try to!) to naval guns,
field guns and mortars. As part of our tour we went
down a long tunnel to rooms where the ammunition
used to be stored. The fort was one of six built around
1860 to defend Portsmouth from the French, not from
the south, but from a land attack from the north. In the
event the threat vanished and the forts were known as
On the way home we stopped at the Refectory Carvery
at Milford for dinner . it was very pleasant to dine and
relax with friends.
Our grateful thanks for arranging this trip with their
usual skill and dedication go to Ray and Pat Kilsby,
with a special .thank you. to Mick the driver, who did
a superb job.
Charles Dickens. birthplace, Portsmouth
Photo: Don Fleming 2004
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From Monty’s post-bag:
The sight of Mitcham’s Three Kings pub now closed, and an application in for redevelopment, has
Eric Montague of an exchange of letters of a few years ago.
In 2000, by a circuitous route, he received an enquiry from a clergyman in Harleston, Norfolk,
about the name
Three Kings Piece given to a corner of Mitcham Common. Mr Mountney wrote, .. I am doing some
on places in the British Isles which have some connection with the Three Kings, whose shrine is
in the Cathedral
at Cologne, where I was chaplain at the time of my chaplaincy to the British Embassy in Bonn..
In reply Monty wrote, .. In the absence of any evidence to
the contrary, I would say that the Three Kings Piece . almost
certainly takes its name from the Three Kings public house,
which abuts the road forming the north-eastern boundary of
the Common. I have seen no mention of the name being
used either in connection with this corner of the Common,
or in reference to an inn, before the late 18th century.
.The old Three Kings, in the possession . c.1789 of a Mr
Ambrose Taylor, was an attractive brick and tiled Georgian
building. . It was one of the village’s inns used by Mitcham
Vestry for meetings in the late 18th and early 19th centuries,
and was demolished in 1928. The present house . in the
.mock Tudor. style then favoured by brewers. architects .
was erected in its stead.
.. The subject of inn names is a study in itself, of course,
and many of them had . names of Biblical origin. . I can
only speculate as to the motivation behind the choice. Can
you offer an explanation other than that it signifies perhaps
a desire to mollify those who disapproved of the consumption
of strong drink?.
Mr Mountney thanked Monty for the information, and commented, .[The] connection with the public
nearby of the same name makes it even more interesting, as there is a Three Kings inn not very
far from here at
Fornham All Saints, Suffolk. I have also heard of one in Banffshire, at a place called Cullen.
It has been
suggested that the Three Kings panel in Aberdeen kirk comes from there, hence the name of the
inn, but another
view is that the inn is so called after three rocks off the coast there, which are called the
Three Kings: but I ask,
why should rocks be so called: so far as I know the only kings grouped together in three are
those mentioned in
scripture. So one argues in a circle.
. . I think that the desire to mollify those who disapprove of strong drink is a post-medieval
trait, probably a
legacy of the puritans: in the days of .Merrie England. it was surely all taken as part of
[Comments prompted by this correspondence would be welcomed. Sadly, the Beehive, near the Three
has also closed and is boarded up, as is the King’s Head in Merton High Street. . Ed.]
A PHOTOGRAPHIC SURVEY?
The above article has probably reminded many readers of David Roe’s fascinating talk last March
names and signs, and the excellent slides which David had taken to illustrate his talk. David
suggested to your Committee that the Society might like to undertake a photographic survey of
our area. Many
of our local buildings are being demolished for redevelopment, and others are undergoing major
environmental changes. If it hadn’t been for photographers such as Tom Francis, we would have
little idea of
the appearance of our area in the distant past.
David has offered to co-ordinate the project, and is investigating various options. We have
arranged a special
open meeting for all who are interested in the idea of creating a photographic record of our
area in the early 21st
century, whether members of our Society or not. This will be held at the Wandle Industrial
Museum on Friday
29 October at 7.30pm. Please come along to that, and invite other photographers to come as
We are also concerned that existing photographic collections should be preserved. Several of
have photographs from the 1960s onwards, which record scenes that are already lost to the
developer. We hope
to have more information on archiving these at our AGM in November.
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The Three Kings in 1869. Photo: Tom Francis
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LORNA COWELL has an account of a less well-known Nelson connection:
THE ADMIRAL’s SICILIAN PATCH
Recently I noticed this heading in an issue of Country Life, and read on. It was about Nelson’s
Bronte estate in
Sicily. Lady Hamilton apparently claimed that it was at her instigation that King Ferdinand of
this estate to Nelson, after he had rescued the royal family when Naples was in a revolutionary
state and taken
them to Sicily and safety. Thereafter Nelson often signed himself .Nelson and Bronte. . even to
When Nelson and the Hamiltons set up house in Merton, he told Emma to buy good quality
.all will probably go to Bronte one of these days.. His brother William inherited the estate.
When he died in
1835 it went to his daughter Charlotte, Viscountess Bridport, but, having been to view her new
property, she did
not like it at all and swore never to return there.
However, her descendants renovated the Castello and it became a comfortable country house, much
used by the
family in the 1920s, and it was also quite a literary centre. It was occupied by the Germans in
the second World
War. After the war, social changes in Sicily led to the estate finally being sold to the
authorities. Although there
were local difficulties, warm relationships continued between the English and the Sicilians, as
they had done in
earlier centuries through the Marsala wine trade.
The people of Bronte therefore decided to restore Castello Nelson, thus creating a memorial to
can now be visited. There are few items connected with him remaining, the main one being the
glasses said to have been used by him the night before the Battle of Trafalgar.
The great barn is now a conference centre, and there are further plans to establish a lava
museum . this would
surely have delighted Sir William Hamilton! The gardens are well maintained in a truly English
by Etna in the distance.
[Note that Country Life’s punning headline misses the mark. Nelson sometimes wore an eyeshade,
but did not
wear an eye-patch! . Ed.]
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Castello di Maniace, Bronte
Estate. Photo by Tom Pocock,
published in C White The
Nelson Companion Alan
Sutton, Stroud 1997 (1995)
Curating the 20th Century
The Local History Committee of London and Middlesex Archaeological Society was approached
year by the Museum of London for assistance with the setting up of a new Gallery to cover the
20th century in
London and its Environs. They are also planning, with the London Transport Museum, to create a
the same topic.
LAMAS believes that there is an important part to be played in this exercise by their
Affiliated Societies, which
include us, and have sent a brief questionnaire. Most of our answers, unfortunately, turn out
to be .No., but we
may still be able to help, provided that there are some members prepared to offer their
services . perhaps in
indexing Bulletins, carrying out research on request or assisting at the Museum of London to
Contact if you are interested.
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THE FIRST WANDLE VALLEY FESTIVAL
By all accounts the first Wandle Valley Festival held on the weekend 12/13 June was a great
success . a tribute
to all those who planned and organized it.
Among the several events that took place was the walking and cycling the length of the river .
in both directions.
All the museums and centres were open. Merton Abbey Mills was graced by the presence of the
mayors of the
London Boroughs of Croydon, Merton, Sutton and Wandsworth at the formal inauguration of the new
I spent my time on Sunday on hand at the Chapter House exhibition. Looking around, it was clear
that much had
gone into the planning and presentation of the displays and demonstrations.
Enclosed in a black-curtained area, with seating, was an automatic, continuous slide show
features of the Wandle. William Morris was represented by a display of photographs and
illustrations outside a
roped-off room in Victorian mode that could have been a study, with pen and ink on a table.
Next to that, to
children’s delight and curiosity, was what a 1st-century Roman shop would have looked like,
and bowls on a counter. Two shelves, one with glass jars, the other with glazed pots, both in
of size, and an amphora standing in a corner.
Archaeology was well represented, with Roman and medieval artefacts on display stands and in
the line of
cases at the west end. From Merton Priory there were two stone coffins and two surviving
sections of window
tracery set up in a frame – as well as the foundations of the Chapter House itself.
It was in the foundations that children were given a chance to be archaeologists. A large
platform had been set
up at the west end, screened off on one side. A film screen and slide projector had been set up
corners, and two lines of chairs. Once seated, parents and children were given a short,
simplified talk by a lady
suitably dressed. She explained in a series of slides the layout of two lines of five squares
what was found in the trenches; the lines of a building; what the building looked like; and how
it would have
fitted into a street scene in a Roman town. The children, fitted out with a plastic .hard. hat
and a shovel, were
invited to choose one of the two rows of large wooden boxes which contained pieces of floor
tile, pottery and
bones, covered up with sand. These were dug up and put into finds trays or buckets. The reward
was a certificate.
It is the first time ever that children, outside a museum, were given such an experience. Dave
archaeologist with the Museum of London Archaeological Service, is to be congratulated on such
a fine idea.
Visitors were more than a little interested in a set of photographs, copies of the originals
largely taken in 1963
[by Bill Rudd himself . Ed.] of the Liberty silk-printing works as it was. Mary Hart of the
Museum was enjoying herself demonstrating block printing on pieces of cotton, which, when hung
dried, were handed out. The Museum of London had set up the video of Time Team’s excavation,
Heritage Officer Sarah Gould’s amusement, at her publications stand. I hardly dared to look!
THE RE-OPENING OF THE WANDLE INDUSTRIAL MUSEUM
As members may know, the Wandle Industrial Museum at the Vestry Hall Annexe, Mitcham, had to be
in January, having sustained flooding caused by a burst central heating boiler.
Fortunately this was discovered by myself and a volunteer before too much damage had been done
Museum displays and artefacts. However, the central heating system was found to be beyond
repair, and a
complete new system had to be installed, which took the rest of the winter months to complete.
The Museum Committee decided to take this opportunity to redesign the layout of the exhibits in
the display area,
as some of them were getting a little dated, and more space needed to be created for when we
have school parties.
A team of volunteers were enlisted under the leadership of Meg Thomas, Eric Shaw and Marguerite
Delisle to plan the new layout and get it up and running. It was decided to aim to re-open the
exhibition for the weekend of the first-ever Wandle Valley Festival on 12/13 June.
The Festival featured Wandle-related events throughout the length of the river. These included
a walk along the
river, starting at each end and meeting up in Morden Hall Park for a picnic lunch; a Wandle
at Wandsworth Museum; and many events at Merton Abbey Mills and the Chapter House. The Festival
great success, and it is hoped it can be an annual event.
The re-opening of the Museum was a happy part of this Festival. The Mayor of Merton, Councillor
Brierley, kindly agreed to attend the opening ceremony, switching on the lights behind our
newly resited stained-
glass window to formally open the new exhibition.
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We were pleased to welcome Siobhain McDonagh MP for Mitcham and Morden, Councillor Andrew
Leader of the Council, and over 50 members, volunteers and friends of the Museum, who all
enjoyed seeing the
new exhibits, and consuming refreshments prepared by member Mary Hart.
The Museum is now open once more, every Wednesday 1.00-4.00pm, and the first Sunday of the
We do hope to see some of you at the Museum. Private guided tours can be arranged for groups.
Volunteers to help with educational visits, manning the Museum, or helping at fêtes and fairs
are always welcome.
Please telephone the Museum on 020 8648 0127, or e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org, if you are
CAN YOU HELP MOVE THE SOCIETY’s STORE?
Many have expressed concern over the current condition of The Canons in Mitcham, which has been
on the .At
Risk. register for some time. Merton Council has now obtained backing from English Heritage and
Lottery Fund to refurbish the building for use by Adult Education. Unfortunately this means
that we have to
vacate the upstairs room at The Canons that we have been allowed to use as a Store for the last
Fortunately the Council is offering us alternative accommodation, probably in a spare
changing-room in the
sports centre at the Triangle in Morden Park, at the corner of Lower Morden Lane and Epsom
Road. Bill Rudd
and I are hoping to visit in the next day or so, but we have been warned that the room is
smaller than the one we
have at present. It seems likely that the archaeological archive will have to be offered to
LAARC, and the
documentary archive to Surrey History Centre. But the new room should enable us to retain
locally our collection
of .rescued. items, such as the sign from the Crown Inn Morden, a roadside .fingerpost.
from Gutteridge’s corn and seed merchant’s in Mitcham, and various items of railway
Our move to The Canons was challenging, and those involved then are now four years older! We
have managed without the help of some of Sarah’s muscular volunteers. If you can help in any
way, please let
me know as soon as possible. Boxes will need to be sorted, and shelves cleared and transported,
before the final
move, so we need to make a start straightaway. Anyone with access to a van will be especially
don’t leave it to someone else to do. Ring me today! Thank you.
LONDON OPEN HOUSE WEEKEND IN MERTON
London Open House Weekend this year is on 18/19 September. Buildings that will be open in the
Borough of Merton are as follows:
9 Parkside Avenue SW19 Modern house Sat 12.00-3pm
Buddhapadipa Temple Thai Buddhist temple Sun 10am-5pm
14 Calonne Road SW19 Regular tours
Eagle House Jacobean house with Sat/Sun 2-5pm
High Street, Wimbledon late C19 details
Far House Architect’s own house Sun 10am-5pm
Hillside SW19 Must pre-book 020 8947 2825
Morden Park House Grade II* C18 house Sat 10am-5pm
London Road, Morden
South Wimbledon District Guides HQ Award-winning building Sat 10am-5pm
Marchand Hall, Ashcombe Road SW19
St Mary’s Church C12 church, Morris glass Sat 10am-5pm
Church Path, Merton Park SW19 Sun 10am-5pm
St Mary’s Church Garden Hall Striking modern design Sat 10am-5pm
St Mary’s Road, Wimbledon SW19 Sun 10am-1pm
The Canons Late C17 house Sat 10am-4.30pm
Madeira Road, Mitcham For tours at 11am, 2pm
pre-book 020 8640 9387
Wimbledon Windmill Grade II* hollow post mill Sat 10am-5pm
Windmill Road SW19
The London Open House website is www.bbc.uk/yourlondon/open_house
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DESMOND BAZLEY has become interested in the life and work of a minor but interesting artist:
JOHN WILLIAM GODWARD (1861-1922)
In the process of researching the history of my house, I discovered that, not only had the
house been rebuilt, and
the house number and road name changed since 1880, but that the old house had at one time been
the address of
a minor Victorian artist. J W Godward was a classical painter in the style of Alma-Tadema, and
whole of his life to painting girls in classical robes, usually posing languidly on a marble
terrace. His paintings
were popular during the late Victorian and the Edwardian periods, but suffered a rapid decline
he remained practically unknown except to the specialist, until a revival of interest in the
Godward was born in Battersea on 9 August 1861 into a middle-class family of banker’s clerks
clerks. The family moved to Fulham in 1864 and then, some time between 1872 and 1876, moved to
Dorset Road in Merton. Here they remained until 1882, when they moved a few hundred yards
Kingston Road to live at No.7 Wilton Road (now No.43 Wilton Grove, SW19), Wimbledon. The
is a post-war replacement for the original house which was a three-storey gabled semi-detached
house built in
September 1881, according to the plans. So they probably saw it being built and decided to move
remained here until 1898, when they moved to 18 Denmark Avenue, Wimbledon, although John
already left in 1887 to occupy a studio in Chelsea. Mrs Godward in fact stayed in Denmark
Avenue until her
death in 1935 at the age of 100.
Although in the 1881 Census Godward is shown aged 19 as an insurance clerk, it is probable that
from 1879 he
was already studying architecture with W H Wontner, and his earliest known painting, a family
from 1881. It is not known where he received formal art training, although it was certainly not
at any of the
leading art schools, but by 1887 he had progressed far enough to exhibit at the Royal Academy.
painting A Yellow Turban has not survived, his exhibit the following year Iantheshows his
of a languid girl in flowing classical robes against a background of marble. By 1889 he had his
own studio in
Fulham Road which he gradually equipped internally with suitable .props. to make it appear as a
Italian villa. From here on he produced a steady flow of 20 or so oil paintings each year of a
often with classical titles, such as Chloe or Calypso, or else Daydreams or Idleness. In 1895
he produced his
own version of Leighton’s Flaming June called A Siesta. His last exhibit at the Royal Academy
in 1905, again showing a girl in a flowing pink robe reclining on a marble terrace with the sea
in the background.
Occasionally he painted nudes, but these on the whole were less successful. His expertise lay
in the representation
of flowing diaphanous robes, and marble, and at his best he was at least as good as Alma-
The similarity between the girls portrayed indicates that he had a regular Italian model whom
known as .Dolcissima. (i.e. sweetest), and, following visits to Italy starting in 1905, he
finally moved there
permanently in 1912 (complete with model), taking up a studio near the Villa Borghese in Rome.
continued to produce his classical maidens, seemingly in the only style he knew, returning them
to London for
sale. Gradually however the market for this type of picture declined, and Godward eventually
London in 1921, disillusioned. By this time he was suffering from a peptic ulcer, insomnia and
and finally in December 1922 he committed suicide by putting his head by a gas ring, reputedly
there was .not room in the world for him and Picasso.. He was buried in Old Brompton Cemetery.
Godward never married. His family, shocked by his unorthodox lifestyle and his attachment to
model, and shamed by his suicide, destroyed all papers and pictures relating to him, to the
extent of cropping
him out of family photographs. Thus there are no known portraits of the artist. His work
continued to decline in
value, until in the 1940s it was possible to buy a Godward for six guineas. However in the
1970s he was
rediscovered by the London art dealer Richard Green, and gradually his value has increased,
until his Dolce
Far Niente, sold for £650 in 1972, went for $563,500 in 1995 to Andrew Lloyd Webber. This
in last year’s Pre-Raphaelite and Other Masters exhibition at the Royal Academy. In June 2003
three of his
paintings were auctioned at Sotheby’s, and sold for between £140,000 and £196,000. Many of his
works are in
private collections or have been sold abroad. Two are however to be found in the Manchester
City Art Gallery,
and occasionally Godward paintings may be found featured on .Art Gallery. birthday cards.
John William Godward was extensively researched, and a Catalogue Raisonné produced, by Dr Vern
of the Springville Museum of Art in Utah. Unfortunately, owing to the renaming of Wilton Road
Grove in 1907 (to avoid confusion with another Wilton Road, also SW19, in Tooting), there are
references in his book . with Wilton Grove being sited in Colliers Wood, in SW20, in Morden, in
Wimbledon, or close to Sutton!
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Vern G Swanson John William Godward . The Eclipse of Classicism Antique Collectors. Club,
Christopher Wood Victorian Painting Weidenfeld & Nicolson, London 1999
Census records for 1881,1891
Wimbledon Council Minutes for 1906/7; minutes 228 (7 Nov 1906) and 605 (29 Jan 1907)
Archives of the John Innes Society; House Plans for Wilton Road
Kelly’s Directories for Surrey and London Suburban 1882-99
Fulham Gazette 15 and 22 December 1922
Fine Arts Auction Report June 2003
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John William Godward Dolce Far Niente (A Pompeian Fishpond) 1904
Lord Lloyd-Webber Collection
Image scanned with permission from Pre-Raphaelite and Other Masters (Royal Academy exhibition
On until 16 October at The Canons, Madeira Road, Mitcham, is an exhibition calledFair Green:
the People & Properties of Upper Mitcham. Tuesdays/Wednesdays 10am-4pm; Fridays/Saturdays
Admission free. Tel: 020 8640 9387. Website: www.merton.gov.uk/libraries
Heritage Open Days in Mole Valley (10-13 September) will be marked by a wide variety of free
talks, tours and visits. Contact the Visitor Information Centre Tel: 01306 879327 for further
An on-line index of Sun insurance policies in Surrey has been created which locates them by
more details see www’surreyarchaeology.org.uk/slhc/fire.html (from Surrey Archaeological
378, August 2004).
Our Society has recently been donated a set of Current Archaeology magazines for resale. The
volumes 118.190 (Jan 1990.Feb 2004) plus Annual Directories. Also the first four volumes of
World Archaeology (2003.2004). Available at 20p each, at our November and December meetings or
our Publications Secretary, Peter Hopkins. Discount price if you buy the whole set!!
We also have a few back numbers of Surrey Archaeological Society Collections and of Surrey
available at £1 each, plus postage. More details from Peter.
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THE CENTENARY OF JOHN INNES (1829-1904) (1)
In warm and sunny weather, one hundred years to the day from John Innes’s death on 8 August
1904, a celebration
of his life was held in Merton Park, the .garden suburb. he created. It began at the church of
St Mary the Virgin
with a service of Mattins based on the 1662 Cranmer Book of Common Prayer and including the
Handel aria .I
know that my Redeemer liveth. and the hymn .O God our help in ages past., both of which had
been sung at the
funeral on 12 August 1904. The bell Innes gave to mark Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee was
rung for a few
moments after the first lesson, which was read by Peter Innes, a great-great-nephew and trustee
of the John
Innes Foundation. The Rev. Tom Leary’s thoughtful address tackled the complexities of John
and his legacy to the district.
The celebrations were planned and organised by the John Innes Society. Special guests included
Brierley, Mayor of Merton, Roger Casale MP, Innes family members, a representative from the
Centre in Norwich, and Ian Henderson, the chief executive of Land Securities Plc (which in 1969
City of London Real Property Co, founded by John Innes and his brother) and his wife. All
members of the
John Innes Society were invited.
There was a congregation of 240 at the church, and after the service all adjourned to a
reception in the church
hall, where there was a display of photographs of the new work carried out in John Innes Park.
There was also
a chance to look at the early records of the CLRPCo . ledgers, minute books and articles of
Henderson had kindly brought these along.
Everyone then moved on to John Innes Park, where the Mayor officially inaugurated the new
fountain . a
stylised tree, made to a design by a student from Wimbledon School of Art. New landscaping of
the rockery, a
new rose pergola and another sculpture, based on the John Innes Society holly leaf .logo., and
designed, were inspected. These improvements to the park were instigated by the John Innes
Society and the
London Borough of Merton.
John Innes would probably have been startled by all these happenings in his name . but I think
he might have
been quite gratified.
THE CENTENARY OF JOHN INNES (2)
To mark the Innes centenary the John Innes Society has produced a new biography of John Innes,
Neal Priestland, an experienced biographer. John Innes: His life and legacy covers Innes’s own
story in more
detail than has been done in previous publications; deals, though briefly, with the
Horticultural Institution and
its modern incarnation at Norwich; and surveys Merton Park today. There are many illustrations,
some from the
archives, but also plenty of images from the present (by David Roe), with a number in colour.
specialised material, such as census returns, company details, genealogy and compost formulae
(!) have been
wisely dealt with in appendices. There is sensible use of maps; and a detailed Contents page
mitigates the lack
of an index. All in all this is an interesting, readable and useful book which should stand the
test of time.
ISBN 0-9547858-0-0 pp.104 £8.50 from David Roe.
A JOHN INNES CENTENARY WALK AROUND MERTON PARK
On Saturday 14 August, Judith Goodman conducted a party of over 60 people around the Merton
which was founded by John Innes. Starting at the gates of John Innes Park, she began by
summarising the life
of John Innes, whose death centenary had been commemorated the previous Sunday (8 August). Born
he had joined his brother James in business as wine merchants, but they had anticipated the
trend for the
redevelopment of city property as merchants migrated to the suburbs, and by 1864 had amassed
£1/3m in city
property and were looking for investment opportunities. By chance, Richard Garth and John Tate
had land for
sale in Merton and Morden, and noticing that there would be a railway station at Lower Merton
Park), in 1865 they bought the land with the intention of developing housing for Victorian
owning about 500 acres.
Initially only the northern part of the estate was developed, although the main roads (Mostyn
Road, Kenley Road, Poplar Road and Sheridan Road) were laid out. The development of the
had to await the arrival of the Northern Line at Morden 1926, long after John’s death in 1904.
architect was Henry Quartermain, and we would later see examples of the villas he built in
Dorset Road .
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yellow brick in the 1870s, tile-hung and timbered in the 1880s, and then red brick and
terracotta in the
John decided to live at Manor Farm, later renamed Manor House, and the present Park was formed
gardens of this house as a result of a bequest in his will to the residents of Merton and
Morden (originally the
park was restricted to these, with ticketed entry). The house still survives, although much
altered over the years
by his architect Quartermain (reputedly, John had the builders in continuously for 30 years!)
This now forms
the administrative offices of Rutlish School, which was the next stopping point for the walk.
incorporated panelling and ceilings recovered from other properties to give an impression of
age. The original
entry to the farm was down a narrow damp lane (now Watery Lane) and hence John had a new
built from Mostyn Road, which is now the main Park entrance.
When he died in 1904, John (a bachelor) left most of his money to found a Horticultural
Institute, which then
took over his house and used the land adjoining as trial fields. Here the famous John Innes
developed. When the Institute moved away after World War II, the house was used, together with
built buildings to rehouse Rutlish School, which was formerly on a cramped site near Merton
Judith then showed us the improvements made in the last year to the Park by the John Innes
Society in honour
of the centenary, including a new fountain, a replacement pergola, the replanted rockery, and a
based on the John Innes Society’s logo of stylised holly leaves . holly was particularly
associated with the
Innes clan, and was extensively used as hedges on the estate.
We next visited St Mary’s Merton, where John was a prominent churchman, acting as churchwarden
overseer for many years. As part of the Jubilee celebrations in 1897, he paid for the gallery
to be removed from
the west end, and for new stained glass windows and a bell to be installed. As a memorial to
him, four pairs of
stained glass windows were installed in the south aisle, which were made by Morris and Co, one
of which, the
Virgin and Child, was based on a design by Burne-Jones. The large John Innes tomb in the
designed by J S Brocklesby as one of his earliest works on the estate. He was the successor to
died in the same year as John Innes.
We then walked along Church Lane, noticing the tile-hung cottages for .respectable artisans.
and the National
Schools where John Innes was chairman of the Trustees, to the Church Lane Playing Fields,
gardens of the old Church House which was demolished in the 1920s. From here we went via
home of the so-called ‘sheridan Road Set. of the newspapers of the 1880s, to cross Dorset Road
to the tramway.
The courses of both the Wimbledon to Croydon Railway (now Tramlink) and the Tooting Loop (now
could be seen. The old station building still exists as a private house. Having persuaded the
railway company to
rename Lower Merton station to the more salubrious Merton Park, apparently John Innes
it in view of the plethora of other Park stations, and would have preferred .Merton Manor..
Passing along Melbourne Road and Brisbane Avenue, and noticing some Brocklesby houses in the
latter and in
Bathurst Avenue, we then reached the Kingston Road, where a succession of buildings showed John
paternalistic concern for his tenants, or at least for the men and boys. These were the Bay
Tea Room (now recently rebuilt as an estate agents office) where John paid for food to feed the
children of outof-
work men, the Boys. Club (founded 1887, now the John Innes Youth Club and rebuilt in the
Manor Club built 1891, where the men could socialise and undertake improving activities under
of nothing stronger than beer or cider, and the Masonic Hall (now Merton Hall) built in 1900
Lodge 2790. After John’s death, the Masons were unable to raise the money to continue to own it
and it has now
become a community hall.
At the Council Offices (built 1903), Judith reminded us of John’s involvement in politics,
Merton on the Croydon RDC, and at Rutlish Road, she identified the original site of Rutlish
1895 . now replaced by sheltered housing) where John was chairman of the governors. Finally,
next to the level
crossing, we were shown the original estate office for Merton Park, where Quartermain lived
over the business,
although he later moved across the road to a larger house, the Oriels (destroyed in the War).
Judith also pointed
out the varieties of housing in the side roads (1870s villas in Kingswood Road and larger 1880s
Mayfield Road) and the villas along the Kingston Road.
At this point, the tour terminated and all were invited to a most welcome cup of tea and a cake
at the Coach
House in Melrose Road, by courtesy of the John Innes Society. Peter Hopkins proposed a vote of
Judith for all her hard work in preparing the Walk, and this was heartily endorsed by all those
MERTON HISTORICAL SOCIETY . BULLETIN 151 . SEPTEMBER 2004 . PAGE 11
LIONEL GREEN tells the story of TOOTING BEC
Following the Norman Conquest, William granted the manor of Tooting to a relation, Richard
Brionne (d.1090), founder of the family of Clare. He was also given 37 other manors in Surrey.
probably made the grants to safeguard defences south-west of London, and the name Tooting may
refer to this
. i.e. a look-out.
The barons who acquired so much of the conquered land were connected by blood and interest with
from which they came, and it was natural that they should wish to share their wealth with the
home. Richard de Brionne offered the manor of Tooting and the church of Streatham to the abbey
Hellouin in Normandy before 1086.1 Bec was founded by a monk, Helluin, in 1034, and its fame
began with the
school opened by Lanfranc in 1045 and continued by Anselm in 1066. It was the most important
educational centre in the late 11th century, sharing its reputation with cathedral schools such
as Laon, Orléans
and Paris. Bec was constantly called upon to send out monks to other communities, and in a few
Norman plantation from Bec produced a large number of minute dependencies scattered over the
At the Domesday survey Richard was holding 11 hides in Tooting and five hides in
property came into the possession of Norman abbeys, the monks built cells in England to guard
their rights and
collect revenues. These became known as .alien. priories, of which Tooting was one.4 In reality
it was a priory
only in name, and at best it was only a grange. It never consisted of more than a prior with a
companion or two.
They would have been Frenchmen, as the very object of their presence tended to exclude English
There were about 140 alien5 priories, and the loss of revenue during wars with France led the
English kings to
acts of confiscation.
In 1228 the abbot of Bec demanded a perambulation to settle Tooting’s boundaries, disputed by a
William, who held land in Mitcham.6
Monastic houses in England collected manorial amercements (fines, dues etc.) and accounted for
them at the
Exchequer without formality when the relevant royal charter was produced. Henry III changed the
1234 in order to raise money. The right was made dependent upon .express mention. of such a
grant in a royal
charter. This meant obtaining new charters, with attendant costs. In 1252 Merton Priory and Bec
necessary new charters.7
In the 13th century the abbot of Bec set up gallows in his manor of Tooting.8 It was also in
the 13th century that
the fortunes of Bec began to decline.
Bec’s chief priory or cell in England was at Ogbourne St George, Wiltshire, and the prior was
known as the
abbot’s proctor. In 1291 the temporalities of .Ogbourne in Streatham. was rated at £3 8s 8d
(£3.43), which may
have been the equivalent of the knight’s fee in Tooting and Streatham. In 1322 Bec claimed the
Tooting chapel and Streatham, and tithes from the demesne lands in Tooting, together with two-
thirds of the
tithes from tenants. land. It also received 20 shillings (£1) pension from Streatham.9 Also in
1322 Bec began to
give up holdings in England, leasing out as much as possible. The manor of Tooting was leased
in 1323 to
William Roce, before 1347 to Henry Ingleby, before 1359 to Sir David Wollore.10
William Roce of Tooting was the son of Richard Roce or Rouce, the bailiff of the manor of
Sussex, in 1308, and later bailiff or farmer of Tooting.11 In 1312-14 Richard took a lease of
ten acres of
demesne land and two acres of demesne pasture.12 As early as 1321 his son William had business
the abbot of Bec.13 In 1323 he received the manor of Tooting on a lease for nine years, paying
(£13.33) a year.14 In 1339 he became Knight of the Shire for Surrey.15
Tooting Bec was probably now managed from Ogbourne. In 1337, the beginning of the Hundred
Years. War led
to the seizure of many alien priories, including Ogbourne in 1394. The prior demised the
properties of Tooting
Bec to Merton Priory .who already held land in the parish., and the income was appropriated to
the cellarer of
Merton.16 Thus from 13 December 1394 until April 1422 Merton Priory leased the manor from Bec
managing the Bec estates and presiding over the manorial courts at the priory.17
Tooting Bec cell was dissolved in 1425, and in 1441 Henry VI declared it alien, using the
property for endowing
Eton College. In 1465 Edward IV gave .Bec priory. and the advowson of Streatham church to the
the chapel of St Mary at All Hallows church by the Tower of London. He also gave them a part of
the priory of
Ogbourne St George, .both priors alien..18 The holdings of both disappeared under the
Suppression of Chantries
In the late 1440s a Thomas Bent lived in a moated house which may have been the site of the
cell. It became
known as Bente.
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1 Surrey Archaeological Collections 59 (1962) p.1
2 M Chibnall The English Lands of the Abbey of Bec (1946) pp.9-10
3 J Morris (trans. and ed.) Domesday Book: Surrey Phillimore, Chichester (1975) 19: 10,11
4 Tooting Bec occupied Upper Tooting, and the remaining part of the (lower) parish is called
Tooting Graveney, a small part of which was owned by
5 The Greek word for aliens was paroikia, used to describe the early Christians who had to
abstain from .native customs.. It is from this word that the
English parish is derived.
6 Victoria County History of Surrey vol. iv p.94
7 Close Rolls Henry III Vol.ix (1254-56) p.83; C/60/51 m9; E/368/29 m3; E/368/26 m9d ; Calendar
of Charter Rolls Vol I (1226-57), pp.381/2, 431
8 A Heales Records of Merton Priory 1898 p.135
9 M Chibnall op.cit. p.149
10 Exchequer Kings Remembrancer E106 8/16; Calendar of Patent Rolls Edw.III Vol. vii (1345-48)
p.228; Close Rolls Edw.III (1354-60) pp.625-6
11 M Chibnall op.cit. pp.55,66,116
12 Tooting Court Rolls (LCC 1909) pp.247-9
13 Close Rolls Edw.II Vol.iii (1318-23) p.484
14 M Chibnall op.cit. p.116
15 Victoria County History of Surrey vol. i p.433
16 ibid. vol. iv p.94
17 Surrey Archaeological Collections 59 (1962) p.1. Tooting Court Rolls (LCC 1909). A new
series of court rolls commenced on 13 December 1394 under
prior Robert Windsor, to April 1403; Michael Kympton from October 1403 to October 1412; John de
Romeney from May 1413 to April 1422.
18 J Stow Survey of London (1603) (Ed. Kingsford 1908) vol. i p.131
19 Under the Chantries Act 37 Henry VIII c4. The king died on 28 January 1547, and Lord
Protector Somerset expedited the suppression of chantries
in 1548 under Edward VI, in order to raise money for the crown.
THE INFANTRY REGIMENTS OF SURREY
by Lieutenant Colonel I M Wilson MBE and Lieutenant P T Crowley
This excellent book, published in 2002, fully illustrated in colour and blackand-
white, covers the story of Surrey’s infantry from the raising of the
Tangier Regiment of Foot in 1661 to the beginning of the 21st century.
Each double spread is complete in itself, with text and illustrations. So the
Contents list includes, for instance, .The Glorious First of June., .The
Birkenhead Disaster., .Uniforms and Equipment 1855-1900., and so on.
The authors. prose is crisp and clear (as one would expect) and Bryan
Fosten’s meticulous paintings are a joy . with every figure coming to life,
from the 1930s captain in mess dress with (of course) a pipe in his hand to
the sinister 18th- and 19th-century recruiting sergeants plying their prey
with drink. There is a helpful regimental .tree., a section on the militia
and volunteers, and information about the regimental depots and the
memorial chapels, as well as details of weapons, medals, colours, insignia
and regimental plate.
The book is published by the Queen’s Royal Surrey Regiment Museum
Trustees and the Queen’s Royal Surrey Regiment Territorial Trustees, and
is obtainable at the regiment museum at Clandon Park (admission free;
tel: 01483 223419). 86 pages, large format paperback, no ISBN number.
£17.50 (hardback also obtainable). It would make a particularly good gift
for anyone interested in military history . or the history of Surrey.
Corporal in Shirt Sleeve Order, Foreign Service Dress, 1908
(Rectangle comment XPMUser
.NOT TRAMPLED BUT WALKED OVER“
A Study of the Ledgerstones in the Parish Church of St Peter and St Paul, Mitcham
A first for our Society . a volume in our Studies in Merton History series not written by Eric
However, author Ray Ninnis acknowledges the debt that this book owes to Eric’s published and
works. The ledgerstones (inscribed flagstones used to seal graves and vaults) in Mitcham parish
been concealed under the carpeted floor since 1991. Fortunately Ray had photographed many of
them, and had
copied the inscriptions, shortly before they were covered, and this book reproduces this
material, together with
biographical notes. At £2.25 (£1.80 to members), this 24-page A4 book is a must for local and
Available at indoor meetings or from our Publications Secretary.
MERTON HISTORICAL SOCIETY . BULLETIN 151 . SEPTEMBER 2004 . PAGE 13
LOCAL HISTORY WORKSHOP
Friday 25 June. Eight present. Cyril Maidment in the chair.
Judith Goodman cannot escape from history. Her daughter in Cumbria had asked her advice
about a metal
brooch discovered in her garden. Within hours the find had been reported to the Portable
and identified as a 17th-century military fastening.
Judy has recently obtained more postcards of old Merton, including old wooden houses at Merton
pulled down in 1929 for the maternity extension to the Nelson Hospital. One building was the
Hand Laundry, and Judy wondered how many people risked sending their laundry to such a run-down
Judy had bought a copy of Jackie Latham’s book on J P Greaves (see Bulletin 149), which
Kirkman Gardiner, whose family were proprietors of .bleaching mills. on the Wandle .near Merton
No one present had heard of the family.
!!!!!Don Fleming reported that the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, is reopening. One of its
treasures is the
Grey-Fitzpayn Book of Hours, formerly in the collection of William Morris.
Don has often puzzled over the many Robin Hood lanes and roads in the London area, and was
read in History Today that in Elizabethan times the outlaw underwent a change of image from
hero to one of noble birth.
Don had seen the Harry Bush painting A Corner of Merton 16th August 1940 at the Art of the
exhibition at Tate Britain. Although impressive, Don felt it sanitised the horrors of the
!!!!!Peter Hopkins had been pleased to see members of the Society receive recognition for their
discovery of the location of William De Morgan’s workshop had been the subject of a two-part
article in the
local Guardian, and the industrial history chapter in Surrey Archaeological Society’s new
of Archaeology & History in Surrey, includes references to books and articles by Eric Montague
David Luff’s Trouble at Mill. (In a chapter of the SyAC book (p.158) Simon Thurley states that
of Morden and Ewell came to the Crown from the archbishop of Canterbury. Presumably the sources
to rights in Sparrowfield Common, shared between Morden, Ewell and the archbishop’s manor in
Peter reported on two donations to the Society. A neighbour had given him a booklet advertising
Wimbledon Park Dairy, which members agreed should be deposited at Surrey History Centre, with
our archives and to the Wimbledon Society. Sheila Gallagher had kindly supplied a copy of John
typescript index of textile workers in Merton and Wimbledon census returns 1841.71. Peter had
this to good use in answering an enquiry on the Wagland family.
Peter also mentioned that he has at last completed the first draft of his translations of the
accounts, though a great deal of work remains to be done. He will be seeking expert help.
!!!!!Bill Rudd has been assisting visitors to St Lawrence church to discover more about their
A great-great-great-granddaughter of Richard and Eleanor Howard, who lived at Wandle Villa,
in the early-19th century, had recently visited from New Zealand.
!!!!!Lionel Green had discovered correspondence between our first President, Col. Bidder, and
our first Secretary,
Miss Jowett, relating to the earliest excavation at Merton Priory, which will be the subject of
a future article.
Lionel also showed photographs of Cahagnes in Normandy, taken by Judy on a recent visit.
an important possession of Merton Priory, but sadly no medieval buildings survived WWII.
!!!!!Eric Montague had discovered two interesting items in the newspaper. One was a review of a
treasures of the Hermitage Museum, including Wedgwood porcelain. In the 1780s Lady Diana
who lived at Mitcham Hall, designed for Wedgwood, and he wondered if any Mitcham scenes are in
Hermitage. The other was an article in The Times about a Holbein portrait of Ann, wife of Sir
of East Harling, Norfolk, c.1526. Any relation to Gregory Lovell of Merton Abbey? Watch this
!!!!!Cyril Maidment has been working on the .treasure map. of Merton Abbey by Dr Shockwell,
major features onto a modern base map (opposite).
He also reported that, after five years. hard work, he has completed the digitisation of all
500 postcards and 500 watercolours in the Wimbledon Society collections! Visitors can search
these at the
Museum. Well done!
Dates of next workshops: Fridays 8 October and 19 November at 7.30pm at Wandle Industrial
All are welcome.
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54th ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
MORDEN BAPTIST CHURCH, CROWN LANE, MORDEN
SATURDAY 6 NOVEMBER 2004 at 2.30 pm
1 Chairman’s welcome. Apologies for absence
2 Minutes of the 53rd AGM held on 1 November 2003
3 Matters arising from the Minutes
4 Chairman’s Report
5 Membership Secretary’s Report
6 Treasurer’s Report: reception and approval of the financial statement for the year 2003-04,
which will be available at the meeting
7 Election of Officers for the coming year
b) Vice Chairman
c) Hon. Secretary
d) Hon. Treasurer
Appointment of the Hon. Examiner for the coming year
8 Election of a Committee for the coming year
9 Motions of which due notice has been given
10 Any other business
At the conclusion of the business part of the Meeting there will be a talk by Audrey Thomas
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AGM, though additional nominations may be received at the AGM, with the consent of members.
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