Merton digital classics
In the opening decades of the 20th century a number of publications appeared dealing with the history of Merton. These are now out of copyright so, as none of them seem to be currently available online, we have scanned our own copies.
These are of particular interest when they record the memories of what was then the recent past. However, it must be remembered that not everything recorded at this period has stood the test of time, as research has continued and old assertions have required modification. This is especially true for events in the distant past which were wrongly attributed to our locality.
The main collection used here is a series of articles that appeared in the Wimbledon and Merton Annual published in 1903, 1904, 1905 and 1910. Each article has been scanned separately for convenience. Only those relating to Merton are reproduced here, as we do not wish to trespass on the territory of our friends in the Wimbledon Society, but the title pages of each volume are followed by the Contents and Illustrations, so other articles can be easily identified.
Wimbledon and Merton Annual 1903
‘NELSON’S HOME AT MERTON’ by PROFESSOR J. K. LAUGHTON, M.A.
‘MERTON IN THE DAYS OF MY GRANDMOTHER’ by ANNIE LAWRENCE (with a correction from 1904 Annual)
Wimbledon and Merton Annual 1904
‘MERTON PRIORY, A. D. 1114-1539’ by THE HON. MRS. MAXWELL-SCOTT
‘ART ON THE WANDLE’ (William Morris Works) by HERBERT M. ELLIS, F.S.I.
‘EARLY MERTON’ by THE REV. G. H. GODWIN, M.A.
Wimbledon and Merton Annual 1905
‘THE HATCHMENTS IN MERTON CHURCH’ by WALTER E. LEDGER, A.R.I.B.A.
‘AN HISTORICAL SKETCH OF THE WATER SUPPLY OF THE DISTRICT’ by C. H. COOPER, M.I.C.E, A.R.SC.I.
‘JOHN INNES : AN APPRECIATION’ by THE REV. G. H. GODWIN, M.A.
Wimbledon and Merton Annual 1910
‘THE RIVER WANDLE : PAST AND PRESENT’ by MONTAGUE S. GIUSEPPI, F.S.A.
‘MERTON CHURCH’ by THE REV. J. E. JAGGER, M.A.
‘SOME NOTES ON THE CHURCH BELLS OF WIMBLEDON AND MERTON’ by P. J. HEATHER
Another publication from this period is BYGONE WIMBLEDON and MERTON by HERBERT M. ELLIS (1906), which is here reproduced in full.
A little later is REMINISCENCES OF OLD MERTON by W. H. CHAMBERLAIN (1925), which is here reproduced in full.