Manuscripts collection online

manuscriptsThe Manuscripts collection comprises documents relating to Wimbledon including: deeds to property; records of local associations; papers collected by or related to notable local residents; documents relating to the history of local military organisations and hospitals; and parish and vestry records.

Plan
Accession number: LDWIM000592
Class: Manuscripts
Description: 8 architects' plans showing proposed alterations to The Old Rectory House in 1978; plans include the identification of varieties of trees in the grounds.
Minute Book
Accession number: LDWIM000600
Class: Manuscripts
Description: Wimbledon Village Club. Note: These two minute books and Parsloe's red notebook were transferred to the Village Club December 2005. Minutes of Committee 1857-1873 and 1916-1934 (vols. for 1874-87, 1888-1898, 1898-1916 and 1934-49 are still in the Club). 1857-73  Marbled octavo notebook with leather spine. 169pp.  Loosely inserted.  Original byelaws of 1861, marked "As finally adopted by the Committee". 8pp. 1916-34  Leather bound quarto notebook with gold lettering "Minutes of the Village Club and Lecture Hall". 253pp. loose insertions. Also small red ring notebook. The first volume commences with the Minutes of a General Meeting of subscribers held on 22 July 1857, with the Rev. R.L.Adams in the Chair, and includes a list of the Building Committee.  It continues with general Committee Minutes until 6 Nov.1873.  There is as a loose insert the original printed copy of the Club's byelaws dated 1 Nov.1861 and signed by Joseph Toynbee. The second volume commences with a General Committee Meeting on 3 Feb.1916, with J.F.Schwann Esq. in the Chair and concludes with a meeting on 5 Sept.1934.  There are as loose inserts 3 letters concerning the Girls Friendly Society, dated 1934, a letter from St. Dunstan's re a charitable contribution, and other miscellaneous items.  There is also a small red notebook containing G. Parsloe's chronological notes on the Minutes.  See also LDWIM000478. Also the following letter is accessioned under this number:  A5.12(iii). Wimbledon Village Club and Lecture Hall. Letter (4pp.) from Charity Commission dated 26 April 1979 about a new scheme for the Club, the Lecture Hall, and the John Evelyn Society.
Deed
Accession number: LDWIM000601
Class: Manuscripts
Description: August 1859.  Abstract of Title of Edward Berkeley Philipps Esq. and Major Courteney Philipps to the two individual moieties of two plots of land in the Ridgway Road and one plot in the Lingfield Road at Wimbledon in the County of Surrey being parts of No. 36 on the Tithe Commutation Plan.   With abstract of Conveyance to Mr. Mason.   For Daniel Mason. Two plots except strip of plot A containing 20 Ch. frontage to Ridgway Road, sold to Mr Andrews by Mr Mason, June 1861. On inside.  Abstract of the title of Mr.D. Mason etc. (as above).   31st Oct.1791.  Cites will of Benjamin Bond Hopkins, who leaves all his property in Surrey with certain exceptions (including "a small house at Wimbledon with a garden, yard and stabling then inhabited by Pritchard Plaisterer") in trust for his daughter Caroline Bond Hopkins, her heirs, Trustee George Chamberlaine, George Bond and Sir Samuel Hayes.   1797.  Marriage of Caroline Bond Hopkins to Richard Mansel Philipps of Coedgaing in County of Carmarthen, with marriage settlement.   1824.  Caroline Philipps & eldest son Courteney Philipps act together in an Act of Common Recovery to enable money to be raised on Caroline Philipps estate and to provide settlement for her daughter Harriet on marriage to George Charles Carpenter. [This discloses int.al. that Cowdery Farm in the Parish of Wimbledon, of 186 acres, was occupied by John Simson].   1829.  Sum of £2000 & £3000 are raised on property to enable second son, Edward Berkely Philipps and Courteney Philipps to purchase respectively captain's and major's commissions in the Army.   Various family arrangements, mortgages etc. show until 14 Sept.1850  Death of Caroline Philipps, leaving her property between her two sons, her Wimbledon residence wholly to Ed.B. Philipps.   12 Feb.1858.  Indenture between Courteney Philipps, Ed. Berkeley Philipps & Rev. George Carpenter of Charlbury, Oxon, by which Courteney Philipps gives [?] to E.B.P. & Rev. G.C. to manage, lease,sell or otherwise dispose of his share of Wimbledon property.   Final part of abstract, beginning p.40 conveying land abutting Ridgway to Daniel Mason, is as in Conveyance numbered A.3.(i). Details disclosed in Abstract include, (1) in a note on p.3, details of Mrs Caroline Philipps' residences in Wimbledon. (2) The property [?] inherited from his Mother by Edward Berkeley Philipps, and formerly occupied by his Mother and leased to Philip Burnett, was of 9 acres, between the Ridgway and the Common.  In 1851, it was rented to a Miss Whitelocke and later to Frederick Keats Esq.  While he was in residence a new road, the Lingfield Road, was built through the meadow, and land east of the road given over to building.  (3) Indenture on p.38 recites int.al. sale of about 2 acres of land to Wimbledon & Croydon Railway Co. on 13 July 1855. 46 leaves with cloth reinforced outer leaf.
Deed
Accession number: LDWIM000602
Class: Manuscripts
Description:  Agreement of 16 January 1858 between Courteney Philipps of Swansea in the County of Glamorgan, and Edward Berkeley Philipps of No.39 Devonshire Place, Middx (the Lessors) and the Rev. Richard Leonard Adams of Wimbledon, Clerk, and James Courthope Peache of Wimbledon Esq., the Treasurer of the Wimbledon Reading Room Fund (the Lessees) to grant to the Lessees that piece of ground at the S.E. angle of Lingfield Road next the Ridgway (plan appended) for 99 years at a yearly rent of £3.2.6., provided the Lessees shall within 3 years erect a building containing Reading and Lecture Rooms for a sum not less than £700 for the benefit of the middle and working classes of Wimbledon.    Signed by Courteney Philipps and E.B. Philipps & witnessed. 4 sheets. Plan.  
Records
Accession number: LDWIM000603
Class: Manuscripts
Description: Papers relating to the Wimbledon War Depot (Central Hospital Service, Wimbledon Branch) 1939-1946.   Two transfer cases containing: I.   Minute Book of Committee (red leather cover) 12 October 1939 - 1 January 1946. I.E.  Correspondence with Lord Lieutenant's Fund. Borough of Wimbledon and Central Hospital Supply Service. (folder). III. Internal correspondence, administration, contacts with receiving bodies. (folder), press cuttings. IV.  Record of garments dispatched etc. (manilla envelope). V.   Certificates; armlet; poster; final reports. Winding up ceremony. (folder). VI.  Letters of thanks & some individual requests. VII. Commemorative list of helpers. (black quarto book, hard covers).  
Papers
Accession number: LDWIM000614
Class: Manuscripts
Description: The Richardson Evans Papers Part I. Two boxes of correspondence and other documents; brief account of his career & work, by P. Rathbone see LDWIM000836. A collection of papers, mainly pre-1914, relating to the activities of Richardson Evans and the John Evelyn Society in various local matters, including the River Wandle and district, Tudor Waterworks at Coombe Hill, Trees, Caesar's Camp, Welcome Coffee Tavern, SCAPA, Wimbledon Common (and Conservators), Wimbledon Borough Council, the Nelson Hospital, The Green, Wimbledon Hill, Merton Abbey Gateway, Wimbledon Park, Byde's Gatehouse, 1906 Exhibition. There is a very detailed and careful index and catalogue in the 1st box, prepared by Stanley White. A21.i    Wandle Open Spaces. Incs Miss Parton's letter to Octavia Hill of the National Trust  pp.1-3.  A21.ii   Merton Abbey Area- old gateway, walls and arch pp. 4-5.  A21.iii  Protecting the flow of the Wandle p.6. A21.iv   Tudor Waterworks at Coombe Springs p. 7.  A21.v Trees and other amenities under threat from builders. p.8.  A21.vi   Disfiguring advertisements p.9.  A21.vii  Caesar's Camp and the footpath across it. p.10.  A21.viii Protection of birds on the Common p.11.  A21.ix   Putney Heath and Wimbledon Common- work of the Conservators p. 12-13.  A21.x  Rebuilding the Welcome Coffee Tavern p.14.  A21.xi   Wimbledon Corporation Bill 1914-  purchase of Wimbledon Park p.15. A21.xii  Relations with the Borough Council p.16.  A21.xiii Miscellany- short items: (a) Amenities on Wimbledon Hill p.17. (b) Nelson Hospital- refounding on present site p.17. (c) Planting creepers on cottages in Kingston Vale p.17. (d) Public convenience at top of Putney Hill p.18. (e) Proposed new road across the Green p.18. (f) Iron gates across Beverley Brook at Robin Hill p.18. (g) Old Gatehouse, Woodhayes Road p.18. (h) Miscellaneous complaints and suggestions p.19. (i) Letters p.19.