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Manor of Croydon, Leet Jury Minute Book

  • AR010
  • Collection
  • 1830-1855

Minute Book of the Leet Jury of the Manor of Croydon. Courts Leet were held annually in April, May or June. The location is given as the Town Hall from 1833 onwards. The majority of the records of courts before 1850 consist simply of the election of the manorial officers and the report All Well; although in 1830; 1833; 1836; 1837; 1843; 1844; 1845 and 1846 presentments are made for encroachments or nuisances. From 1833, the record of each court is signed by the members of the Jury. From 1850 onwards, these signiatures are the only record given of the proceedings at each court: there is no election of manorial officers and the records become generally more scrappy.

The back of the book has been used for various annotations and memoranda, including a list of preparations to be made by the baliff for a Court Day.

Manor of Croydon

Mission of Hope Files

  • AR011
  • Collection
  • c1900-1950

Case files of children cared for in the Mission of Hope childrens home, and/or who were adopted through its offices.

Mission of Hope

Gillett and Johnston

  • AR1
  • Collection
  • 1877-1983

19 books of bell and tuning records 1877-1951; 7 cuttings albums 1919-1952; correspondence file 1976-1983; envelope of photographs; printed sales brochures, etc.

Gillett and Johnston

Hunt Plans

  • AR100
  • Collection
  • 1932-1938

9 plans for houses built (or proposed to be built) by the Hunt Construction Company (SJ Hunt) in Wickham Road, Hartland Way etc, Shirley, 1932-1938; with plans for houses designed by Chapple Estates, and surrendered to Mr Hunt following a court action.

S. J. Hunt

Croydon Ramblers

  • AR1001
  • Collection
  • 1950 - 2009

Administrative records for Croydon Ramblers including correspondence, hall bookings, annual reports and annual general meeting minutes, programmes, executive committee minutes, ramble reports from 1968-1983 and press reports from 1966-68

Croydon Ramblers

W.C. Berwick Sayers Collection

  • AR1011
  • Collection
  • 1899 - 1940
  1. WCBSs hand-written exercise book entitled Stray Verses 1902-1910 1916-1918 with 63 poems transcribed from his notebooks.
    1. Olive Emily Clarkes (WCBSs future wifes) autograph Album compiled 1910-1915 with a contribution by WCBS in 1911 (she married him in 1915) and contributions by James Duff Brown and by staff at Islington and Darlington Libraries.
    2. WCBSs notebook early 1940s with notes for the Library Association Classification Examination 18 May 1942, notes for lectures on Classification at Croydon Polytechnic 1941, and details of the blitz on Croydon from 13-24 November 1940. This ends with the 24 / 25 November 1940 and a later note explaining that this was when a bomb hit the South Report Centre in the Town Hall and WCBS was injured and put in hospital for some months.
    3. WCBSs first draft entitled Some Canons of Classification (in a library binding) which was published as Canons of Classification (1915). The draft combines reprints of his thesis submitted for the Professional Diploma and his papers read at the Library Association in 1907 and 1910 with a few pencil annotations.
    4. WCBSs desk diary for 1928 including (amongst other things) a poem by him and the titles of talks given at Croydon Public Library which include Selections from the Works of a Croydon Poet (no doubt WCBS).
    5. Six slim volumes of manuscript music sheets with words by WCBS and music by several of his friends and occasionally by WCBS too.
    6. Two song sheets with words by W. C. Berwick Sayers and music by Herbert Oliver published by J. H. Larway in the 1920s.
  2. A copy of Balaustons Adventure by Robert Browning (1889) inscribed in pencil with a poem composed by WCBS lauding Browning.
  3. the Foremost Trail by C. Fox Smith (1899), a prize book awared to W.C.Berwick Sayers by Heath and Home for Verses on Dreyfus in 1899 with three relevant loose newspaper cuttings, one of them annotated by him.

William Charles Berwick Sayers

Documents relating to 103 Brancaster Lane, Purley

  • AR1015
  • Collection
  • 1937-1950

Two files of correspondence and other documents relating to 103 Brancaster Lane, 1937 - 1950.
Publicity brochure for the Mitchley Wood Estate published by Lawes, Cherry and Co. Ltd, c.1928.

Slater Family

British Red Cross, Croydon Branch Records

  • AR1016
  • Collection
  • 1960

A collection of ephemera relating to various Red Cross activities in Croydon from 1960s onwards: centres at 47 Coombe Road and Spring Park Road in Shirley together with a Red Cross shop on Robert Street.
The Collection contains loose photographs, photograph albums, newspaper cuttings, directories, certificates etc.

British Red Cross Society Croydon Branch

Edith Purnell photograph album

  • AR1023
  • Collection
  • 1904

Photograph album presented by manager and staff of the Croydon Times to Miss Edith Purnell on her 21st birthday, 14 April 1904. An inscribed panel gives the names of staff, including Mr T.J. Hatch, the manager, whom she later married (June Quarter 1919). She died in the December Quarter 1980, age 97.
The album also includes posed photographic portraits of various members of the Hatch family and others, including Queen Victoria. The artwork suggests that the album was commercially produced and was purchased from Pritchards at 57 North End.

Edith Purnell

Deeds and other documents relating to 125 Sussex Road

  • AR1027
  • Collection
  • 1936 - 1987

Four property documents relating to 125 Sussex Road:
Abstract of title: 1936
Conveyance: 04 February 1937
Supplemental Abstract of title: 1960
Conveyance: 13 October 1960
Extract from property register 1987

Unknown person

Turner family papers

  • AR103
  • Collection
  • c1876-c1928

Photographs, letters, newscuttings, printed ephemera, two account books, medallions etc re the Lelasseur and Turner families, and the John Jakson mint and lavender distillery

Turner Family

Photograph albums and other material owned by the King family

  • AR1032
  • Collection
  • 1901 - 1941

Photograph albums:
1) Green Reminiscent photograph album, c.1910 - 1920. Mainly family groups and portraits.
2) Brown: Florrie Tours Scotland c.1902. (Florrie King was born c.1879).
3) Brown: Memories of the Eastbourne Holidays, July and August 1901 also of Pleasant Days spent up the river, 1901 taken by Geo. Gatenby and George E. Cushing. (Holiday pictures etc featuring George Cushing with King sisters an others). (Note: Gatenby married Rose King).
4) Green: Memories of the Folkestone Holidays, July and August 1902 by George Gatenby. (Holiday pictures etc featuring George Cushing with King sisters an others).
5) Burgundy: Memories of the Bournemouth Holidays, August 1903) taken by Geo. Gatenby and George E. Cushing. (Holiday pictures etc featuring George Cushing with King sisters an others).
6) Green paperback album of wartime postcards addressed to Florrie King by Will (William) King who was serving in the Queens Own Cameron Highlanders. As the postcards seem to stop abruptly in 1915, it is presumed that William (born c.1883) was killed in action (a Pte William King of the 4th Bn Cameron Highlanders died 24 March 1915 (source: CWGC).

7) Material from Cameron uniform together with button with picture of soldier and 1897 Diamond Jubilee coin (probably belonging to William Smith).

8) Three small books of common prayer, two marked F.King (presumably Florrie.) One with clasp intact.

9) Pamorama photograph from Sunny Southern California from Peter Cushing (resident 1766 West Ridge Road, Brentwood, W.L.A, California) to Mr and Mrs G.E.Cushing, Cherry Tree Cottage, Norwood Hill near Horley, Surrey, dated 19 January 1941.

10) Obituary of Mr D. King from the Furniture Record, 20 May 1920. He had worked for James Humphries and Sons of Snow Hill, London, for 56 years.

King Family

Alderman Donald G. Stewart, Mayor of Croydon Records

  • AR1033
  • Collection
  • 1956 - 1957

12 items:
1) Alderman Donald G. Stewart: the press cuttings of a mayorality (bound volume compiled by Croydon Public Libraries and bearing CB coat of arms)
2) Photograph album: official events 1956/7 (lined notebook, red, marked Advertiser press photos.)
3) Photograph album: various official events 1950s presented by Croydon Times.
4) Photograph album: visit to International Language Club, Addiscombe Grove, 16 Sep 1950, visit of King of Benin, Nigeria (DGS was Deputy Mayor).
5) Photograph album presented by Croydon Times to commemorate mayoral year1956/7 (includes loose photographs). Note: different to 3).
6) Scrapbook (green, bearing the County Borough coat of arms) containing cuttings etc concerning 1956/7 mayoral year.
7) Loose photograph album (rough cut pages), early 1950s. Year as Deputy Mayor (1950/1) and beyond.
8) Framed picture: Town Hall Mayors Day 28 May 1956
9) Framed photograph: Cllr Stewart in Mayoral robes.
10) Framed photograph: Mrs Stewart with Mayoral chain.
11) Framed certificate of thanks from the Council to Ald. Stewart for his services as Mayor, dated 29 April 1957.
12) Framed colour photograph of Town Hall from Town Hall Gardens (presented to the Stewarts by Ernest Taberner).

Donald G. Stewart

Ashcroft Theatre Club

  • AR1034
  • Collection
  • 1973 - 2010

2 boxes:

1973 - 1980 (personal minute book compiled by Pat Lawrence: original book and subsequent volumes lost)
1998 - 2010 (entries closed for 30 years).

Scrapbooks (compiled by Sylvia Collins to 1988 and subsequently by Audrey Botting)

1979 - 1981
1982 - 1983
1983 - 1984
1985 - 1987
1987 - 1988
1990 - 1992
1993 - 1994
1995 - 1996
1997 - 1998
1999 - 2000
2001 - 2002
2003 - 2004

Photograph albums

4 volumes:
1990 - 1993
1993 - 1996
1996 - 2000
2000 - 2003 plus one album of actors publicity photos c.1982.


Incomplete run of newsletters with more to follow in electronic form: these will be added to Local Studies Library newsletter collection.

Annual reports

A collection of annual reports to follow (in electronic form)

Loose programmes

A collection of loose programmes, autographed, belonging to Mr Norman Edwards and Mrs Hope Edwards, donated to Ashcroft Theatre Club.


Why Janet should read Shakespeare by Norman Hapgood 1929. Inscription shows it was presented to Peggy Ashcroft by the author in 1937. Later given to the Ashcroft Theatre Club.

In addition, a collection of duplicate Fairfield programmes was donated to LSLA to be added to Fairfield programmes collection.

Ashcroft Theatre Club

Robert Dudley Dean Fuller papers

  • AR1038
  • Collection
  • c1946

Bundle of papers relating to army service, divorce and bankruptcy of Mr Robert Fuller of Melfort Road, Thornton Heath and later Everton Road, Thornton Heath. A fishmonger at Brighton Road, Purley, he was declared bankrupt in 1934 but, following army service, discharged himself from bankruptcy in 1947. He and his wife divorced in 1945.

Robert Dudley Dean Fuller

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