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Mitcham Heritage Day – Saturday 12th September 2020

10:00am to 4:30pm Saturday 12 September 

Mitcham Heritage Day reminds visitors to be Covid aware. Please bring your own face covering and hand sanitiser. Maintain social distancing at all times. Use hand sanitiser and wear a face covering in accordance with government guidelines and whenever requested. Take any other actions requested to at venues, including queuing or waiting. Thank you.

The programme for the day is below. Please note that as we continue to live with the effects of Covid-19 information here may change, including right up to the event itself. Please check here for last minute alterations including immediately before the day.

Thank you to all the volunteers who are helping to make Mitcham Heriage Day 2020 happen.

Download our map for use on the day

Mitcham Cricket Green Community & Heritage
1:00pm
Guided walk around the gems of Mitcham Cricket Green
Allow 45 minutes
No booking. Assemble on cricket ground opposite pavilion.

Mitcham Cricket Green Community & Heritage
Heritage Shorts
Learn more about Mitcham Cricket Green at a range of information points. Visit as a self-guided walk or check each location out as you are passing. All the information points can be found on the map we will upload here soon.

Cricket Green School
10:00am to 4:30pm
See the remains of the Grade II listed arch of 14th Century Hall Place in school grounds. DIY children’s activities.

Mitcham Cricket Club
Weather permitting there may be a senior match in the afternoon. Start time to be confirmed. Covid-19 rules allow the teams to agree the format of the match on the day. Please note that the pavilion will not be open.

Mitcham Parish Church
11:00am to 2:00pm
Limited entry
Two Heritage displays provided by Merton Council’s Heritage and Local Studies service:
A Taste of the Past: A Mitcham heritage display based on popular foods from yesteryear
Mitcham: Did You Know…?: A display covering a range of interesting facts about the Mitcham area.
2:00pm Graveyard tour by Joyce Bellamy MBE. Assemble at front of church. No booking.

The Canons
11:00am to 3:00pm
On West lawn (near Madeira Hall, between Canons House and leisure centre)
Grade II* listed Canons House and the surrounding grounds are being restored with funding from The National Lottery Heritage Fund and The National Lottery Community Fund. See an exhibition about the project and learn more about the historic house and grounds. Please note the house is closed due to the restoration.

Wandle Industrial Museum
10:00am to 4:30pm
The museum will have outdoor exhibitions, and a series of talks related to Mitcham on the green at the back of the museum. Social distancing will be in place with chairs provided. The displays and talks are dependent on the weather.

  • 11:00am Mills of the River Wandle
  • 12:00pm Lavender of Mitcham
  • 1:00pm Surrey Iron Railway
  • 2:00pm Brewing on the Wandle
  • 3:00pm People and Families of the Wandle Valley

Don’t forget to send us your email address to sign up to our regular email newsletter if you want to keep up with our work and events throughouth the year.

Mitcham Heritage Day is part of Wandle Fortnight 2020 and Heritage Open Days

Thanks go to Wandle Fortnight and the Canons (via The National Lottery Heritage Fund and The National Lottery Community Fund) the for their financial support.

Community on the Green 2019 thank you for coming to our 50th birthday party!

Thank you to everyone who came along and made our 50th birthday party such fun!

The Deputy Mayor of Merton cut our birthday cake and made a lovely speech.

We enjoyed a cask of Wandle Ale donated by Sambrook’s Brewery –  Thank you to them!

We had a special walk celebrating some of the 50 things people have helped us identify that make the Conservation Area special to us. We’re tweeting these throughout the year – @MitchamCrktGrn #CricketGreenat50

There was cricket on the green courtesy of Mitcham Cricket Club’s ladies team.

We remembered with pride that we are Englands Fourth Favourite Conservation Area.

And best of all – lots of local people came to enjoy the sunshine, the cake, the ale, and the company.

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Mitcham Heritage Day – Saturday 14th September 2019

10.00am to 4.30pm Saturday 14 September 2019

Enjoy a day of experiences, visits, tours, exhibitions, and more at Mitcham Heritage Day, and discover just some of the great heritage our area has to offer.

Everything is free.

There are refreshments at many venues.

Below are just some of the things you can do. Full details are on the downloadable programme including the location of each venue and the timing of guided walks and other events.

  • Mitcham Cricket Green Community & Heritage is celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Mitcham Cricket Green Conservations Area with the Golden Jubilee Guided Walk starting at 2.00 on the Cricket Green.
  • Mary Tate Cottages – new this year – the Mayor of Merton will unveil a new garden ornament to commemorate the 190th anniversary of the cottages.
  • Mitcham Golf Club – new this year – Exhibition about the history of the club, golfers dressed in historic and modern clothing, display of hickory clubs, access to locker rooms normally only open to members.
  • Melanie’s Walk – new this year – 3-4 miles guided walk around the green spaces of Mitcham, to include a visit to Mitcham Cricket Club and the Canons.
  • Mitcham Parish Church – bell chamber open (up a narrow spiral staircase), guided tours of churchyard, exhibition – From Green to Green an illustrated guide to sites of interest near Cricket Green and Fair Green, Mitcham, exhibition Memories of Mitcham a display combining images from the Merton Memories collection and extracts from the reminiscences of local people.
  • Mitcham Cricket Club – pavilion open for free access. Cricket match celebrating the Centenary of the Mitcham CC Match against the Australian Imperial Forces Touring Team, guided boundary walk covering cricketing history of the Green.
  • Mitcham Bowling Club – pavilion open, try your hand at bowling, support the club in a match in the afternoon.
  • Wandle Industrial Museum – waiving its entry fee. Special exhibition for Mitcham Heritage Day – Mitcham 25 linked with the 25th anniversary of Merton Heritage Service the display will highlight 25 aspects of Mitcham history.
  • The Former Three Kings Pub – three separate exhibitions. History of the building when was a pub. Mitcham History Notes exhibition of History Nuggets prepared for Mitcham Cricket Green Community & Heritage. Old Mitchamians of Mitcham County Grammar school for boys exhibition with Old Boys present to talk about life in the school.
  • Cricket Green School – open for visitors to view the only remaining part of the Hall Place on which the school is built – its 14th Century arch.
  • Saints Peter and Paul Roman Catholic Church – open for visits plus timed guided tours of the church including a visit to the Grotto in the parish garden.
  • Canons House & Dovecote – learn about the Lottery funding which will restore the house and landscape over the next three years. Canons in View: an exhibition of photography and art by local primary children interpreting the area through art. Craft demonstrations and workshops throughout the day. Please note The Canons House will not be open.
  • Mitcham Methodist Church – open for visits plus a performance by the church choir.

Evening concert at Mitcham Parish Church – Wessex Vocal Consort celebrates “Hardy and Heritage” in English Choral Music – 7.00pm. Tickets £10.00 from the Parish Church, or 020 8646 0666. Full details and poster here.

Mitcham Cricket Green Community & Heritage would like to thank all the volunteer participants for making this year’s Mitcham Heritage Day such a packed, vibrant and varied event.

For all the details Download the programme

Mitcham Heritage Day is part of Heritage Open Days and is an opening day event for this year’s Wandle Fortnight.

 

 

Want more? Download our self-guided audio tour and take a tour at your leisure

Special thanks to

  • Sarah Gould, Merton Council Heritage & Local Studies, for providing special exhibitions.
  • Mitcham Golf Club for financial support
  • M3 for financial support
  • Mitcham Parish Church for financial support
  • The Canons Parks for People project for financial support

Community on the Green 18th July 2019 6.30pm till dusk

Your invitation to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Mitcham Cricket Green Conservation Area.

Mitcham Cricket Green Conservation Area was designated on 18th July 1969 and its Golden Jubilee is a cause for celebration.

Thursday 18th July – Mitcham Cricket Ground – 6.30pm till dusk.

Community on the Green includes:

  • short speeches at 7pm, including Deputy Mayor of Merton Edward Foley
  • exhibitions and displays about what is going on in Cricket Green
  • a guided walk exploring gems of Cricket Green at around 7.30pm
  • Wandle Industrial Museum display
  • a celebration of the oldest cricket ground in the world
  • announcement of the Mitcham Heritage Day programme on September 14th
  • opportunities to visit Mitcham cricket pavilion, Merton’s first registered Asset of Community Value
  • cricket being played on the oldest cricket ground in the world
  • drinks and light refreshments and a special surprise!

Community on the Green is for anyone who lives in, works in or simply loves Cricket Green and wants to enjoy a relaxed, enjoyable and informative evening celebrating all that it offers.

We look forward to seeing you!

Mitcham Heritage Day – Saturday 8th September 2018

10.00am to 4.30pm Saturday 8th September

Enjoy a day of experiences, visits, tours, exhibitions, and more at Mitcham Heritage Day, and discover just some of the great heritage our area has to offer.

Don’t forget to check out the special children’s events too!

Everything is free.

There are refreshments at many venues.

Below are just some of the things you can do. Full details are on the leaflet (see below) including the location of each venue and the timing of guided walks and other events.

  • Mitcham Parish Church is opening its bell tower (access via a spiral staircase). You an also take a guided tour of the historic 6.7 acre graveyard with notable headstones and tombs, view two exhibitions special for Mitcham Heritage Day (For King and Country about some of the men commemorated on Mitcham War Memorial, and Mitcham’s Architectural Treasures, showing some of the gems of the area)
  • Wandle Industrial Museum is waiving its entry fee for the day. See a special exhibition, Snapshots of a Bygone Age showing photos from the collection of local photographer Tom Francis as well as exhibitions about the River Wandle from the early flour mills to the 20th century, take snuff, and view working and interactive models
  • Cricket Green School is opening its gates for the day so you can view the Grade II listed 14th Century arch of Hall Place, which is in the school’s grounds
  • Mitcham Cricket Club Pavilion is open for fee access. Take tea on the balcony, view cricketing memorabilia and a special exhibition 150 Years of Aussies On The Green, as well as a special children’s quiz and a guided tour
  • Mitcham Methodist Church is throwing open its doors for you to see inside this rare example of a Grade II listed post-war church. The choir will sing in the afternoon (timing on leaflet below)
  • The Canons House and Dovecote, beneficiary of a Lottery grant, will be offering  children’s heritage activities, a chance to see inside the dovecote (Mitcham’s oldest building), and an opportunity to learn more about this exciting project which will restore the house and landscape over the next four years
  • Mitcham Bowling Club, going strong since 1930, will throw open its doors for people to learn more about the sport and see the rink. In the afternoon you can offer your support as the club plays a League match
  • The former Three Kings Pub, built in 1928 by a family of music hall artistes and now business premises, will tell the story of its former owners, and children can dress up as music hall performers and try their hands at programming
  • Mitcham Cricket Green Community & Heritage will offer a guided walk taking in the gems of the conservation area at 200.pm

Mitcham Cricket Green Community & Heritage would like to thank all the volunteer participants for making this year’s Mitcham Heritage Day such a packed, vibrant and varied event.

Resources for you to download and share:

Mitcham Heritage Day is part of Heritage Open Days

and is an opening day event for this year’s Wandle Fortnight.

Want more? Download our self-guided audio tour and take a tour at your leisure

Other events are also happening in Mitcham over this weekend

  • 17.00 – 22.00 International Social Evening in Parish Centre – ask for more information at the church when you visit
  • Mitcham Cricket Club – the Lashings Weekend. More information coming soon, and ask at the cricket pavilion when you visit

Special thanks to

  • Sarah Gould, Merton Council Heritage & Local Studies, for providing special exhibitions For King and Country, Mitcham’s Architectural Treasures and Snapshots of a Bygone Age.
  • Merton Voluntary Sector Small Grants Development Fund for financial support
  • The Canons Parks for People project for financial support

Mitcham Heritage Day – Saturday 9 September 2017

10.00am to 4.30pm Saturday 9th September at Mitcham Cricket Green

Come and enjoy the heritage on your doorstep and find out more about where you live.

Just some of the things you can do for free!

  • Learn about Mary Tate Almshouses
  • Visit the bell ringing chamber in the Parish Church
  • Find out about the history of cricket in Mitcham
  • Discover the fascinating industrial history of the river Wandle
  • See an exhibition of historic postcards about Mitcham
  • Take a guided tour of the Parish Church graveyard
  • Listen to the choir at Mitcham Methodist Church
  • Visit the 14th Century arch at Cricket Green School
  • Join a guided walk around historic Cricket Green and The Canons
  • Watch cricket being played from the balcony of the historic cricket pavilion
  • Take a guided tour of Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church
  • …….and much more

Refreshments available through the day at most venues.

Round the day off with a choral concert including music specially composed to celebrate Mitcham’s heritage. Full details on our leaflet (below).

Helping make Mitcham Heritage Day possible:

  • Mitcham Parish Church
  • Mitcham Cricket Club
  • Wandle Industrial Museum
  • Saints Peter and Paul Roman Catholic Church
  • Cricket Green School
  • Mitcham Methodist Church
  • Merton Heritage & Local Studies Centre

To see the full itinerary Download our leaflet

 

 

 

 

 

To help with the publicity print and display our poster

Mitcham Heritage Day is participating in Heritage Open Days.

Mitcham Heritage Day  has been supported by a grant from Big Lottery Fund Celebrate England