Collection AR44 - Father Tooth Letter

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Father Tooth Letter


  • 28 Feb 1929 (Creation)

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(1839 - 1931)

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Arthur Tooth (1839-1931) entered the Church of England in 1863. His religious beliefs and practices, in his parish of Hatcham, Kent, leant towards the extreme High Church: he came into conflict with the Church authorities, resulting in his imprisonment for 28 days in 1877, and the resignation of his living in 1878. He then bought Stroud Green House, Woodside, and transferred his community of nuns there from Hatcham. He intended to build a large hospital for inebriates, but only the chapel and one cloister wing were finished, and the convent in fact functioned as an orphanage. The property was sold in 1924 to Croydon Corporation, and the community moved to Otford Court, Kent where Father Tooth died in 1931. Croydon Council demolished the old Stroud Green House; laid the grounds out as a public park (Ashburton Park); and converted Father Tooths convent buildings into a public library (Ashburton Library), opened in December 1927.

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Transferred from Ashburton Library, Feb 1933

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Accession Number: A44

Father Tooth letter

Letter of good wishes sent by Father Arthur to Woodside [Ashburton] Library

Item date: 1929

Accession date: Feb 1993

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Letter of good wishes sent by Father Arthur Tooth to Woodside [Ashburton] library. Sent from Otford Court: Father Tooth hopes that Every good success welfare attend the people of Woodside in their use of the Library recreation ground; and recalls his happy years spent at Woodside.

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Father Tooth, A Biographical Memoir By Charles E. Lee can be found at S70 (92) TOO whilst a leaflet of the Story of Ashburton Library can be found at pS70 (020) ASH. A biography of St Michaels School, Otford (which was moved from Hatcham to Woodside in 1878 and then to Kent in 1924) by Sally Maria Jones is also available at S70 (372) STM.

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