Mordon or Morden, a village and a parish in Surrey. The village stands 1½ mile SW of the river Wandle, and has a station on the L.B. & S.C.R., 12 miles from London, and 5½ WNW of Croydon. Post town, Mitcham. Acreage of parish, 1475; population, 763. The parish council consists of seven members. Mordon Hall and Mordon Park are chief residences. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Rochester; value, £430. The church was rebuilt of brick in 1636, has stone decorated windows which belonged to the previous church, has also an embattled tower, and contains some brasses and monuments. A tradition runs thus:-After the church was plundered by Henry VIII. and his daughter Mary, Queen Elizabeth, riding past from Croydon to Nonsuch Park, saw the church roof going to ruin, asked how it came to pass, was told, then ordered all the churches in Surrey to make collections for the restoration of the ruined fabric. So it was done at the end of the 16th century, and George Garth restored the rectorial rights; hence on his tomb in the chancel he is called " Ecclesise Amicus."
The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.
|Ecclesiastical parish||Morden St. Lawrence|
|Poor Law union||Croydon|
Any dates in this table should be used as a guide only.
Ancestry.co.uk, in association with Surrey History Centre, have images of the Parish Registers for Surrey online.
For general information about Civil Registration (births, marriages and deaths) see the Civil Registration page.
Directories & Gazetteers
We have transcribed the entry for Morden from the following:
- Samuel Lewis' A Topographical Dictionary of England, by Samuel Lewis, seventh edition, published 1858. (Morden (St. Lawrence))
Land and Property
The Return of Owners of Land in 1873 for Surrey is available to browse.
Online maps of Morden are available from a number of sites:
- Bing (Current Ordnance Survey maps).
- Google Streetview.
- National Library of Scotland. (Old maps)
- old-maps.co.uk (Old Ordnance Survey maps to buy).
- Streetmap.co.uk (Current Ordnance Survey maps).
- A Vision of Britain through Time. (Old maps)
Newspapers and Periodicals
The British Newspaper Archive have fully searchable digitised copies of the following Surrey papers online:
The Visitation of Surrey, 1662-1668 is available on the Heraldry page.