Book published by the Merton Historical Society in 2008, 208 pages. Paperback (N4348P1)
This book provides a fascinating local history of Ravensbury, a small area within Lower Mitcham in South London (which together form part of the London Borough of Merton). The book charts the history and development of the settlement from Medieval times, and chapters include:
- The Manor of Ravensbury
- Ravensbury Farm
- The Ravensbury Print Works
- The Ravensbury Snuff Mills
- White Cottage, Morden Road, Mitcham
- Mitcham Grove
- Grove House
- Ravensbury and the origins of Mitcham
From the rear side cover: Whereas the manor of Ravensbury included scattered holdings across Mitcham, for the purposes of this book Ravensbury is considered as that part of lower Mitcham lying on the north bank of the River Wandle between Mitcham Bridge and Morden Hall Park, and bounded on the north by Morden Road, together with a large area south of the river, stretching as far as Central Road, Morden.
Within this area is the site of one of the largest Anglo-Saxon cemeteries known in Southern England. In the Middle Ages two large houses occupied sites by the waterside, and over a period of six centuries a succession of houses here were to be the country residences of government officials and city merchants, bankers and industrialists, each of whom made their own contributions to the life of the village outside their gates.
The grand houses have now vanished, and with them the textile printing industry and snuff and tobacco manufactory for which the area was once renowed, but the Wandle still provides a visually attractive feature through Ravensbury Park.....
The condition of the book is generally excellent. The covers are clean and bright, the spine is intact and all pages are clean, intact, unblemished and tightly bound. There is a small price sticker on the rear side cover