Merton Heritage and Local Studies Centre

Organisation: Library, Museum

Collections held: Courts, Police, Prisons

Dates: 1700-1799, 1800-1849, 1850-1899, 1900-1949, 1950-present

Our crime and punishment collections are primarily photos of the local police service and court buildings; newspapers which hold crime, police and court reports; books about local crimes particularly Victorian murders in the area; corporate minute books which may refer to the local police and law enforcement. We also have a policeman’s lamp from the Victorian era and some parish overseers reports from the 18th and 19th centuries.

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Any publications or other relevant material about the collection / history of the organisation?

Website: Merton Heritage

Historic Buildings?

White Hart Inn, Merton Park and Burn Bullock pub, Mitcham were both used as meeting places for JPs during the 18th century. Former court building Queen’s Rd, Wimbledon. Bow Street Runners outpost, Millers Mead, Colliers Wood.

Who can access the collection?

Internal only (staff), External (public), Registered users, Online access (catalogue only), Online (digital records)

How big is the collection?

Documents: None
Photographs: 11- 100
Objects: Less than 10
Artwork: None
Books/journals/magazines: 11- 100