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Although the London Borough of Merton was only formed in 1965, out of the ancient Surrey parishes of Merton, Mitcham, Morden and Wimbledon, our area has a long and fascinating history. For example:

  • Merton Priory was one of the most important medieval monastic communities in England.
  • The Wandle Valley became a renowned centre of textile printing, including the workshops of William Morris and Liberty’s.
  • It was from his home at Merton Place that Admiral Horatio Nelson left for his final battle at Trafalgar.

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The Society is concerned with the history of the London Borough of Merton, England. It undertakes research and publishes books and booklets on the history of Merton, Mitcham and Morden. We leave the history of Wimbledon in the safe hands of the Wimbledon Society.

Founded in 1951 as the Merton & Morden Historical Society, it has always had a respected reputation for its publications, which range from academic studies to recollections by local residents.

The Society organises monthly lectures and talks of local historical interest during the winter months and arranges visits and local historical guided walks during the summer. Meetings are informal and do not pre-suppose a special knowledge of history, local or national. Talks restart in October at St James’s church hall, Martin Way. Please come along.

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Our Workshops

Our Workshops provide an opportunity for members to share current interests and research, to exchange ideas and to seek help and advice. All are welcome.

In our March Bulletin

  • Wimbledon Palais de Danse
  • A Conversation at Mitcham Heritage Day
  • The Probate Inventory of Rebecca Cranmer, 1815
  • Corfield Industries
  • and much more

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