A mass centre was established in a private house in Mitcham ca. 1853. In 1862 a small chapel was built on land near the then cricket green. The site of the chapel is now part of the playground of the Church primary school. The present church was opened in 1889 and extended in 1938.
Mass is said to have been occasionally offered up during the penal times in a house in Church Lane (Road). The Hon. C. Langdale, whose distillery on Holborn Hill was burnt by the Gordon rioters, June 1780, owned Eimwood House, Mitcham. His domestic chapel here was long served by the Abbe L. Le Grip, an emigré, who died November 6, 1819. After this the place was served from Croydon. About 1839, Fr. O'Moore, of Croydon, used to say Mass occasionally in a house of a Mr. Kiernan, a pawnbroker. In 1853 a disused stable belonging to W. Simpson, Esq., was fitted up as a chapel. It was served by Frs. David Morel and other priests from Croydon and Norwood. The school chapel was opened in 1862 on a site presented by W. Simpson, Esq. Fr. Robt. Simpson, M.A., formerly Anglican rector of the parish church, was priest-in-charge for a few months. Fr. F. Whyte served the mission from 1865 till 1879. The present church, erected in 1889 on a site given by W. Simpson, Esq., is a neat structure in the Romanesque style. A stained-glass window and pulpit were presented by G. Temple-Layton, Esq. The seating' capacity of the church is for about 250. The congregation numbers about 600. Fr. J. Pooley is the present rector.
There is no graveyard at St. Peter and St. Paul's church. However earlier burials may have take place at the Anglican church of St. Peter and St. Paul Mitcham which was the Ancient Parishan Ancient Parish is a Church of England parish which, until the 19th century, had both ecclesiastical and civil functions church
We know of only three Roman Catholic cemeteries in the London area, St. Mary's in Kensal Green, St. Patrick's in Leytonstone, and St. Mary Magdalene in Mortlake.
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WSFHS CD29(A 2nd Collection of Metropolitan Surrey Burials Index) has burial records for Mitcham Zion Chapel from 1821 to 1894.
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Mitcham is in the London Borough of Merton.
Unless otherwise stated the dates for the creation of parishes are taken from Youngs, Frederick. A., Guide to the Administrative Units of England; Royal Historical Society: London, 1979 volume 1 Southern England.
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