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Manuscript Notes on the History of Croydon by Baldwin Latham

  • AR162
  • Collection
  • 1530 - 1906

Consists of one volume of manuscript notes dealing mainly with meteorology, population, disease, etc, arranged in year order. The volume also lists numbers of baptisms, marriages and burials for Croydon Parish and mortality numbers for London.

Baldwin Latham

Croydon Adult Students Association

  • AR164
  • Collection
  • 1950 - 1967

Consists of 3 volumes of minutes 1950 - 1967; 3 volumes of account books 1950 -1967; News Sheets 1954 - 1966 nos 1 - 46 (2, 17 and 39 lacking) and 2 copies of the Draft Constitution.

Croydon Adult Students Association

Breidenbachs Perfumery Records

  • AR165
  • Collection
  • c1869 - c1890

This collection comprises of five volumes giving customers names and addresses, orders , prices, suppliers and accounts.

Breidenbach Co Ltd.

A Tribute to Walter Troake

  • AR166
  • Collection
  • 1957

Volume presented by Croydon Municipal Officers Association to Walter Troake in recognition of his work for retired members. It contains letters, poems and comments written by members.

Walter Troake

Papers of Miss E H Tarrant of East Croydon

  • AR167
  • Collection
  • 1953 - 1990

Consists of six handwritten note books of household accounts 1976 - 90, four diaries 1983 - 86 and one ration book 1953 - 4. A cursory view of the collection does not appear to offer any insight or recollections into any major events of the time. Indeed the collection is on a very personal basis. There is little or no autobiographical detail mentioned beyond the fact that she lived in East Croydon and the everyday activities she relates in her diaries. Although there is some mention of a creche and Age Concern her involvement is not clear but her diaries give some insight into her liking for cats and that she attended church. The intrinsic value of this collection lies in its social comment especially with regard to the household accounts which offer a good and basic insight into the prices of a variety of everyday goods between the years 1976 and 1990. It is also testament that many people still shopped everyday.

Edith H. Tarrant

Diary/Commonplace Book of John Blake

  • AR168
  • Collection
  • 19 Aug 1819 - 11 May 1840

The volume includes diary entries, lists of charitable subscriptions, weekly pensioners, Christmas gifts and copies of correspondence, mainly with friends and relatives.

The pages are numbered as folios, mostly in pencil, some have been written over in ink. Since the figures seem to match the writing , it is a fair assumption that they were written by the author, a fact which is further confirmed by the use of the folio numbers in the index at the back.

The volume appears to fall into fairly distinct sections; the first few pages are reflections, followed by folios 5 to 9 which refer to the Christmas gifts given by John Blake in 1830 and further entries of monetary gifts. He lists many gifts of meat, wine and money along with the names of the recipients and their role. There is mention of his gifts of food and money to the great alms house and the Elys Daveys alms houses [ folio 7]. Since such activities may not be recorded elswhere, it is of particular interest in that he lists the names of inmates to whom he gave alms.

From folio 8 there follows a series of diary/day entries beginning January 1 1831 until May 12 1832 [folio 29] in which he records personal events of note. The next section marked Private Correspondence begins February 7 1821 [folio 43] continuing until September 29 1835 [folio 80] and largely contains copies of correspondence both personal and business sent by John Blake. The volume also includes an original letter placed loosely inside addressed to John Blake from W Hexter? of Eton College dated 26 September 1841complete with seal. A further loose page, seemingly added much later, numbers the letters which total 42 most of which seem to be to a Henry Cummins.

The next part is entitled Soup making for the poor [folio 87] listing ingredients and costs, covering the period from December 12 1839 to January 5 1841and has all the appearance of yet another charitable activity that John Blake was involved in. Thereafter, follows a section entitled Miscellaneous Memoranda [folio 105] beginning in December 1820 written at intervals until December 1844 [folio 116]. Here John Blake recounts events of everyday life ranging from the death of an acquaintance and the cause [folio 114] to the purchase and subsequent sale of a horse after a bad fall [folio 114] This also includes a section marked Trusts I hold for deceased persons and survivors [folio 113] which covers the period 1832 to 1841.The final section entitled Annual Subscriptions begins at folio 120 covering the years 1820 to 1848 and includes mention of those subscriptions made to the Croydon Literary and Scientific Institution [folio 122]. The volume ends with a short index at the back.

Two further items worthy of particular note for their information and social comment are in the first instance, an account of a journey from London to Birmingham headed Journey to Birmingham by the Crown Prince Coach which leaves the Kings Arms Inn at Snow Hill at half past six am. The document lists names of places on route, along with time of arrival, distance from London, expenses and occasional remarks. The dates of the journey are verified on the reverse Birmingham journey. Left London May 20 1826 and act.d? on Tuesday the 23. The second is the note written on the inside front cover which reads 3 July/45 signed a paper against the Wandle Water Company Scheme M Wade latterly of ... A cursory view of the rest of the volume fails to offer any further explanation of this comment.

John Blakes charitable subscriptions are testament to his philanthropic activities. He appears to have been a man of some social standing living in reasonable comfort with three servants and from the contents of his letters and diary entries was often asked to assist friends and neighbours in an official capacity by acting as godfather [August 17 1832] [folio 77] , executor [April 1832] [folio 113] and trustee [April 1832 - September 1841] [folio 113]. Although many of the entries relate to personal events, John Blakes diary/commonplace book stands as a fair social comment on the time.

John Blake

Harold Bing Homework Books

  • AR17
  • Collection
  • 1905 - 1910

11 school exercise books, used while at Croydon Boys British School. These exercise books were used for Harold Bings homework; the British School was unusual among elementary schools in Croydon in setting homework in this period. the school was noted for an emphasis on artisitic production (drawing, painting, illumination, etc), which is a feature of these books. The books are marked by teachers, but also by the Headmaster, W H Jarvis, at his weekly inspection (normally with blue pencil in a circle).

Harold Frederick Bing

Evacuation Records of Mary Neville-Kaye, Obe

  • AR172
  • Collection
  • 1940 - 1942

Notebook and photographs belonging to Mary Neville-Kaye, a teacher from Overbury School evacuated to Lee, near Ilfracoombe in Devon, 1940 - 1942.

Mary Alicia Neville-Kaye OBE

Baptism Registers of Mayday University Hospital Chaplaincy

  • AR175
  • Collection
  • 1867 - 2002

Collection consists of ten Baptism Registers, nine for the Croydon Workhouse Chapel covering the period October 1867 to February 2002 and one for the Croydon Isolation Hospital covering the period February 1950 to March 1964.

These registers do not, at least in the modern period, contain entries for Catholics. If a Catholic baptism was required then a local priest was called in and the baptism recorded in the register of that Church. In the 1960s this was usually St Marys but in more recent years this has been St Andrews in Thornton Heath.

Mayday Road Hospital

School Exercise Book

  • AR176
  • Collection
  • 1933

Mainly arithmetic. Belonged to Leslie Robinson, of 20 Page Crescent, Croydon, who attended Selhurst Grammar School.

Leslie Robinson

A Years Birdwatching by Barbara M. Cooper

  • AR177
  • Collection
  • 1949 - 1950

Scrapbook of typescript diary entries, maps, watercolours and pencil drawings, postcards and magazine clippings. Includes a weekly record of bird movements in and around a small wood in Purley; visits to Cuckmere, Rye, Camber and Dungeness; and notes on Ringing and Bird Migration Stations. There is a photograph of the author (who lived at 9 John Kirk House, 20 Little Roke Avenue) on the first page.

Barbara M.Cooper

Croydon Branch of the Historical Association

  • AR178
  • Collection
  • 1970 - 1994

Members and Visitors attendance register, 1983 - 1994

Account book 1970 - 1994

Cash Books 1994 (3 vols)

Croydon Branch of the Historical Association

Norbury Manor School First Aid Post, Commandants Log

  • AR179
  • Collection
  • 1942 -1944

Log books covering the period July 1942 until the post became inoperative in December 1944. Also included is much contemporary correspondence including a note signed from the staff on 30 December 1944 to commemorate their years of service under Mr Douglas. In addition There are three badges owned by Mr Douglas. Also included is a biography written by his son, Dr Roy Douglas

Norbury Manor School First Aid Post

Norbury Cricket Club

  • AR180
  • Collection
  • 1918 - 1947

The collection comprises a volume of score sheets taken from score books dating from 1925-39 and a volume of notes including photographs, fixture lists, press cuttings and other ephemera covering the clubs history, 1918-47

Norbury Cricket Club

Croydon Social Union Records

  • AR181
  • Collection
  • 1904 - 1909

The collection consists of one volume of clippings and programmes, with ms index, 1904-7 and the secretarys minute book, 1904 - 9

Croydon Social Union

Croydon Sailing Club

  • AR184
  • Collection
  • c.1956 - 1966

Includes one minute book 1955 - 1957, one photograph album 1956 - 1966 , correspondence 19 November 1954 - 19 July 1964, various newspaper cuttings 13 October 1966 - 8 September 1978, one statement of accounts 6 February 1957, one rule Book 1972, one sailing instructions leaflet and one CD Rom marked Scrapbook from 1956

Croydon Sailing Club

Woodford Old Girls Association

  • AR19
  • Collection
  • 1902-1969

Records of the Woodford (House) Old Girls Association; and photographs and mementoes of Woodford School.

Woodford Old Girls Association

Letter of Alfred Russel Wallace

  • AR190
  • Collection
  • 03 Feb 1913

Letter on pre-printed note paper addressed to F.M.Roberts, Hon Sec of the CNHSS: I am so busy with books and correspondence that I cannot say anything about your Society, and I have quite forgotten that I was a member, but I have a recollection of attending the Annual Microscopical Meetings. It is certainly a new idea to have a Sociological148 Committee in a Local Nat. Hist. Society, and I hope it may do good. Yours very truly, Alfred R. Wallace. P.S. I left Croydon I think in 1880. ARW.

The letter is mounted on card with a note of explanation.

Alfred Russel Wallace

J R Bex: Account Books

  • AR2
  • Collection
  • 1912 - 1977

Financial records of J R Bex, builders and undertakers, of 23 Wyche Road, Croydon

James R Bex

Shorthand Certificates of William Harry Hawkins

  • AR20
  • Collection
  • 1898 - 1899

5 certificates for shorthand qualifications issued by the Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (at the County Polytechnic, Crodyon) and London Chamber of Commerce

William Harry Hawkins

Ancient Order of Shepherds Minute Books

  • AR21
  • Collection
  • 1866 - 1889

Minute books of Sanctuary Pride of the Sea, no 4300 of the Ancient Order of Shepherds friendly society

Ancient Order of Shepherds

Croydon Book Society

  • AR22
  • Collection
  • 1788; 1902 - 1953

Ledger of books issued 1902-1953; cash book 1902-1953 (with card detailing dates of Society meetings for 1788)

Croydon Book Society

Crystal Palace Football Club Salaries Book

  • AR23
  • Collection
  • 1953

Four loose pages, damaged by fire, from the salaries book of Crystal Palace Football Club, covering (with some parts missing) the weeks 20 Feb - 20 Mar 1953. Includes details of weekly salaries paid to management, players and other staff.

Crystal Palace Football Club

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