Our late President, Lionel Green, told us in the past about Rose Hickman, daughter of wealthy Tudor merchant William Lock, who wrote her memoirs in 1610, at the age of 85. Though based in London, the family held a number of properties in Merton, and Rose spent part of her childhood here to escape the plague. The main part of these memoirs were published in May 1982 in the Bulletin of the Institute of Historical Research, and Lionel summarised them in his series of articles on the Lock family in our own Bulletin between September 1996 and March 1998 (119, 121, 123, 123).
West Barnes & Cannon Hill
Like its predecessor, on Lower Morden, this large-format booklet devotes each of its 15 double-spread pages to a separate theme. After useful discussions of four key periods in the early history of the district, and an explanation of Merton Priory’s estates at the Dissolution, there are lucid histories of each farm or other piece of land that together made up the western part of Merton parish and the immediately surrounding area.