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Southern Pathfinders Records

  • AR104
  • Collection
  • 1931-1996

Scrapbooks, programmes, and other records of the Southern Pathfinders ramblers association; including correspondence etc acquired by Kenneth Allen in researching and writing The Life and Times of the Southern Pathfinders.

Southern Pathfinders

Apprenticeship Indenture of Thomas Woolnough

  • AR1041
  • Collection
  • 1871

Apprenticeship Indenture, dated 09 May 1871, of Thomas Woolnough apprenticed to Mr Owen King, plumber and house decorator. 15 was paid by Lauds charity.

Thomas Woolnough

Aviation papers of Florence Shephard

  • AR1042
  • Collection
  • c1929 - c1940

Florence Shephard (c.1894 - 1984) worked for the Aeronautical Inspection Directorate at Croydon Aerodrome in 1929 having previously been based in the AID at A.V.Roe at Hamble near Southampton. In c.1939 she transferred to Leatherhead but continued to commute from the Croydon area.

A full description has been provided by the donor:
A: Journal: The Flying World (1937) by Florence Shephard

B: Final drafts for a possible book on early aviation. Donor has included a list of the chapter headings.
C: Preliminary Drafts
D: Strays
E: Strays with items of local interest.
For further information on the organisation of B-E, see accompanying note by the donor.

F: Imperial Airways Weekly News Bulletin (1935 - 1939, with gaps).
G. Imperial Airways Gazette (1935 - 1939, with gaps)
H: Miscellaneous. Includes press cuttings, copy of Air Navigation Bill, copy of history of Battle of Britain (Air Ministry)

Florence Shephard

Property documents relating to Herons Croft, 96 Addiscombe Road

  • AR1047
  • Collection
  • c1925 - 1997

1 box:
Collection of property transfer documents relating to the sales of Herons Croft to the Dreyer family in 1968 and by the Dreyer family in 1997. Also includes newspaper cuttings, information relating to listed building status and sales particulars from previous sales as well as research notes.

Unknown person

Photographs of Portland Infants School

  • AR1048
  • Collection
  • c1949 - c1965

A bundle of photographs, some apparently taken from a scrap book, showing school activities from the late 1940s to early 1960s. Activities include harvest festivals, nativity plays, coronation parade (1953) etc. Also included is a 1927 teachers report from Furzedown Training College for Irene Eveline Barnett. As the collection also includes a couple of personal photographs, it is likely that the collection came from her family.

Unknown person

Minutes of Tramlink Working Group

  • AR1049
  • Collection
  • 1992 - 1998

1 box:
Minutes and accompanying documents (lever arch files):

9/10/1992 - 20/11/1992
29/01/1993 - 21/01/1994
18/03/1994 - 16/12/1994
17/3/1995 - 06/9/1996
27/09/1996 - 3/1998

Plus copies of
Overhead Line System Study Final Report November 1993
Croydon Tramlink Act, 1994
Tramstop Review by Globe Architects and Plan Design Group 1994

Tramlink Working Group

R Mansell records

  • AR105
  • Collection
  • c1908-c1990

Various correspondence files, financial records, photographs, ephemera and memorabilia etc of R Mansell Ltd, builders

Unknown person

Drainage plan notebooks

  • AR1050
  • Collection
  • 1883 - 1897

25 volumes of bound notebooks containing plans of newly built properties with drainage routes indicated. Volumes are numbered but there appears to be two sequences. Volumes are in poor condition.

Surrey County Council

Piano Tuning Book of Mr F. O. Chambers

  • AR1055
  • Collection
  • 1922 - 1964

Piano tuning book of Mr F.O.Chambers, 1922 - 1964. Details of jobs and payment received. Also includes loose receipts and extracts from a brief hand written diary of national and local events.

Frank O. Chambers

Records of the Byron Family of Coulsdon Court

  • AR1057
  • Collection
  • 1755 - 1975

The Byron Family were Lords of the Manor and residents of Coulsdon from the purchase of the Manor in 1782 until the sale of the estate and its dispersal in 1921. The archive covers the entire period and continues beyond the sale of Coulsdon estate, with documents through to 1962.

The Byron Archival Collection (AR1057) is a substantial collection of papers covering the domestic, social, business and farming history of the family, their role and relationship as local squires with the wider community of Coulsdon and Surrey, and the extensive foreign travels undertaken by members of the family.

Papers relating to the early decades are relatively sparse and the strength of the archive lies with the years when Thomas and then Edmund Byron held the Manor and estate, 1845-1921, continuing with Edmund’s children through to the 1940s. During these years, the archive has the breadth and depth for thorough and detailed research into this middle squirearchy landed family who were deeply rooted in and committed to the small rural community which was their home. Attention is particularly drawn to Edmund’s six decades as Lord of the Manor. To him lies the distinction of preserving the traditional – and in many respects patriarchal – rural life of the village from 1863 until his death in 1921. The archive is very strong in its coverage of Edmund’s eventful life and that of his four children, as is indicated in the Series descriptions of the archive.

The archive was originally read, noted and arranged by members of The Bourne Society, Surrey and this work has provided a number of papers that supplement the catalogue entries. These papers include Excel spreadsheets, some of which are quite detailed, covering nearly the whole archive, and summaries of a large part of the personal family correspondence. Produced for the purpose of developing the catalogue, these entries identify only the name of the relevant Series for each item and the item accession number and there has been much further refinement in catalogue numbering since their production. They are available on request to support specific areas of interest and research.

The Collection consists of 14 series:

AR1057/1- Personal Correspondence
AR1057/2- Family and Non-Family Settlements-Marriage, Wills and Trusts
AR1057/3- Domestic and Family Expenses and Accounts
AR1057/4- Outdoor Sports
AR1057/5- Public Offices and Family Philanthropy
AR1057/6- Journal and Memoirs
AR1057/7- Personal Records and Ephemera
AR1057/8- Business Correspondence and Estate Management
AR1057/9- Property Purchases and Valuations and Property Sales Before 1921
AR1057/10- Valuations and Property Sales After 1921
AR1057/11- Leases and Deeds
AR1057/12- Ledgers, Rental Income and Account Books
AR1057/13- Shares and Bond Holdings
AR1057/14- Solicitors' Accounts

Byron Family

Croydon Writers Circle Records

  • AR106
  • Collection
  • 1945-1993

Minutes, newsletters, photographs, cuttings and other records of Croydon Writers Circle

The Croydon Writers Circle

Public Assistance Office: Newsletter and Photograph Album

  • AR107
  • Collection
  • 1942 - 1949

Two volumes relating to the staff of the Public Assistance Office, Mayday Road: bound volume of the Mayday Monthly News Letter, April 1942-Sept 1945; and photograph album of members of staff in the services.

The Public Assistance Office

Cash book of Clarendon Cash Stores, 24 Pitlake

  • AR1072
  • Collection
  • 1923 - 1943

Cash book of Clarendon Cash Stores, 24 Pitlake. The name and address of Ernest Wickham is written in inside front cover, donors grandfather.

Wickham Family

Ashburton Library Reports

  • AR1073
  • Collection
  • 1929 - 1947

1) Retiring Report of the First Librarian in Charge of the Ashburton Library, Mr R.D.Hilton Smith (handwritten, 1929).
2) Report on the use of Stock 1929 - 1947.

Ashburton Library

Postcard, photograph and slide collection of John B. Gent (1932 - 2011)

  • AR1075
  • Collection
  • 1932 - 2011

35 boxes plus loose bags:

These, estimated to number over 14,000, are housed in 25 cardboard boxes, three two-drawer filing units, and seven albums as follows:


Boxes 1 - 16 contains Croydon cards arranged topographically.
Boxes 17 - 25 contain Croydon cards arranged thematically.

[1] AD Addington (including New Addington)
AS Addiscombe (including Park Hill)

[2] CN Coulsdon

[3] CA Croydon Airport

[4] CC Croydon central

[5] CC Croydon central

[6] KY Kenley
NY Norbury

[7] OT Old Town (including Waddon and the river Wandle

[8] PY Purley

[9] PY Purley

[10] ST Sanderstead and Selsdon

[11] SH Selhurst
SY Shirley

[12] SC South Croydon including Croham Hurst

[13] SN South Norwood

[14] TH Thornton Heath

[15] UN Upper Norwood

[16] WC West Croydon
WS Woodside

[17] ADV Advertising and message cards
AE Aerial views
ALM Almshouses
BOU Bourne flows
CAF Cafes
CEM Cemeteries and crematoria

[18] CHU Churches

[19] COM Composite / multi-view cards
EVE Events
FIR Fire brigade and fires
FLO Floods

[20] GRO Groups

[21] HOS Hospitals
HOU Houses
HUM Humorous and novelty cards

[22] LET Letter-cards
MIS Miscellaneous subjects and buildings
PAL Croydon Palace
PEO People

[23] PUB Public houses
RAD Radio amateurs contact cards
SCH Schools

[24] SHO Shops and other business premises
THE Theatres and cinemas
TOW Town Hall

[25] TA Transport (all modes)
WAR Wartime hospitals and other wartime scenes
WOR Works and factories

Two-drawer filing units

The total of six drawers contain cards relating, mostly, to districts near Croydon but beyond the LB Croydon boundary; also Collectorcard and Pamlin Prints cards, and some modern cards.


The seven albums contain cards as follows:

[1] C.H. Price cards numbered 20001 - 20099
[2] C.H. Price cards numbered 20100 - 20399
[3] C.H. Price cards numbered 20400 - 20720
[4] C.H. Price cards numbered 30000 - 30299
[5] C.H. Price cards / Croydon Airport
[6] Croydon Times cards
[7] South London cards


Numerous photographic prints, currently on a LSLAS trolley, in course of cataloguing and processing. All are being labelled as the property of / on loan from Croydon Natural History and Scientific Society Ltd. As catalogued and labelled they are filed in the main LSLAS files of photographic and other images.


Photographic slides including those deposited by the Society and those deposited directly by John Gent before his death.

John B. Gent

Metal Propellers Ltd Papers

  • AR108
  • Collection
  • 1928 - 1932

Material relating to Metal Propellers Ltd; including brochure, staff photograph (1928), and various technical drawings made by Phyllis Devereux.

Metal Propellers Ltd

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