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Eric Alfred Blake Pritchard Letters

  • AR1145
  • Collection
  • 1918

These letters were written to his local meeting and to his family in Thornton Heath, Croydon. They contain details about his work as a medical orderly with the Anglo-American Mission between February and November 1918

He was based initially at Ornans and later at Sermaize les Bains. He is in touch with "Paris Equipe" Based at the Hotel Britannique, 20 Avenue Victoria. He writes every 2-3 days and there are about 50 letters mentioning the following people:
Longstreth Thompson
George Chapman
Norman E. Brooks
Harold Buiks of Eccles
Eric C. Hinde
Arthur Baxter
Morris Burdsall
Bernard McAlpine
Geoffrey Franklin
T. Edmund Harvey and Mrs Harvey
Kenneth Morland
Wilfred Shewell

Eric Alfred Blake Pritchard

Deeds relating to property in Thornton Heath

  • AR789
  • Collection
  • 1864-1908

9 items:

  1. Mortgage. Between MARY LUCY WAITE and WILLIAM CROWDEN WHITTLESEY. Concerning land at Thornton Heath having a frontage to Saint Pauls Square of seventy seven feet or thereabouts by a depth on the West side thereof of one hundred and twenty three feet four inches or thereabouts. Dated 2 April 1908. 1 doc.

  2. Conveyance. Between FREDERICK JAMES WAITE and MARY LUCY WAITE. Concerning land at (New) Thornton Heath having a frontage to St Pauls Square of seventy seven feet or thereabouts by a depth on the West side thereof of one hundred and seventy three feet four inches or thereabouts, together with the pair of semi-detached messuages or dwelling houses erected thereon, formerly known as Nos 1 and 2 St Pauls Villas and now known as Southview and Highlands respectively and now Nos 27 and 29 in St Pauls Square aforesaid Dated 8 December 1902. 1 doc.

  3. Transfer of Mortgage. Between THOMAS SOMERS VERNON COCKS et al and ARTHUR HERBERT SODEN SODEN et al. Concerning land at New Thornton Heath having frontage to St Pauls Square of seventy seven feet or thereabouts together with the pair of semi-detached messuages or dwelling houses erected thereon formerly known a Numbers 1 and 2 St Pauls Villas and now known as Southview and Highlands Dated 12 November 1900. 1 doc.

  4. Transfer of Mortgage. Between ROBERT ARTHUR WHITTING and THOMAS SOMERS VERNON COCKS. Concerning All that piece or parcel of ground situate at New Thornton Heath (formerly known as Walkers Green) in the Parish of Croydon in the County of Surrey having a frontage to St Pauls Square of seventy seven feet or thereabouts together with the pair of semi-detached messuages or dwelling houses erected thereon formerly known as Nos 1 and 2 St Pauls Villas and now known as Southview and Highlands. Dated 1 March 1899. 1 doc.

  5. Transfer of Mortgage. Between ROBERT ARTHUR WHITTING and THOMAS SOMERS VERNON COCKS. Concerning All that piece or parcel of ground situate at New Thornton Heath (formerly known as Walkers Green) in the Parish of Croydon in the County of Surrey having a frontage to St Pauls Square of seventy seven feet or thereabouts together with the pair of semi-detached messuages or dwelling houses erected thereon formerly known as Nos 1 and 2 St Pauls Villas and now known as Southview and Highlands Dated 10 July 1895. 1 doc.

  6. Mortgage. Between JOHN SARGEANT (of The Retreat, Thornton Heath) and THOMAS SOMERS COCKS. Concerning New Thornton Heath (formerly known as Walkers Green) in the Parish of Croydon in the County of Surrey having a frontage to St Pauls Square of seventy seven feet or thereabouts by a depth on the West side thereof of one hundred and seventy three feet four inches or thereabouts as the same piece or parcel of Ground with the boundaries and dimensions thereof, be the latter little more or less is more particularly delineated and described in the map or plan drawn in the margin of these presents and thereon colored pink, together with the pair of semi-detached messuages or dwelling houses erected thereon formerly known as Nos 1 and 2 St Pauls Villas and now known as Southview and Highlands [incorporates hand-drawn plan of site] Dated 2 November 1889. 1 doc.

  7. Conveyance. Between ARTHUR CLEMENT MARGARY and GEORGE SOMES LAYARD, and JOHN SARGEANT (of The Retreat, Thornton Heath). Concerning All that piece and parcel of ground situate at New Thornton Heath (formerly known as Walkers Green) in the Parish of Croydon in the County of Surrey having a frontage to Saint Pauls Square of seventy seven feet or thereabouts as the same piece or parcel of land with the boundaries an dimensions thereof, be the latter little more or less is more particularly delineated and described in the map or plan drawn in the margin of these presents and thereon colored pink, together with the pair of semi-detached messuages or dwelling houses erected thereon formerly known as Nos 1 and 2 St Pauls Villas and now known as Southview and Highlands [incorporates hand-drawn plan of site] Dated 19 April 1888. 1 doc.

  8. Mortgage. Between JAMES BROWNING (of Number 1, Avenue Road, New Thornton Heath) and CLARA THEODORA BATEMAN. Concerning All that piece or parcel of ground situate at New Thornton Heath, formerly known as Walkers Green, in the Parish of Croydon in the County of Surrey. Dated 23 May 1879. 1 doc.

  9. Conveyance. Between WILLIAM BRICKNELL and EDWARD SAXTON. Concerning All that piece or parcel of ground situate at Walkers Green otherwise now called Thornton Heath in the Parish of Croydon in the County of Surrey abutting on the South East side to a road partly called Saint Pauls Square and partly Saint Pauls Crescent and containing in breadth a frontage of two hundred and ninety four feet or thereabouts and in depth on the North side one hundred and eighteen feet and four inches and on the West side one hundred and twenty feet or thereabouts bounded on the north by land lately in the possession or occupation of Mr Bone and others but now belonging to the said Edward Saxton and on the West by Avenue Road north Dated 10 November 1864. 1 doc.

Unknown person

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

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