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Morden (St. Lawrence)

MORDEN (St. Lawrence), a parish, in the union of Croydon, Second division of the hundred of Wallington, E. division of Surrey, 1 mile (W. S. W.) from Mitcham, and 10 miles (S. W. by S.) from London; containing 685 inhabitants. This parish, which is bounded by the river Wandle on the north-east, comprises by measurement 1426 acres; about one-half is arable, and the remainder grass and garden-ground, with a small portion of woodland, and 83 acres of common or waste. There are two tobacco and snuff manufactories. The living is a rectory, valued in the king's books at £7. 12. 11., and in the gift of the Rev. R. S. Garth: the tithes have been commuted for £420, and the glebe comprises 14½ acres. The church, a small brick edifice erected about 1636, has a large window of stained glass, the ancient part of which is said to have belonged to Merton Abbey. Several bequests for education, amounting to about £30 per annum, are applied in aid of a national school; and there are £1000 vested in the three per cent. consols. for the support of a Sunday school.

Transcribed from A Topographical Dictionary of England, by Samuel Lewis, seventh edition, published 1858.