John R Chart at the Mission Room, Clarendon Grove

John R Chart at the Mission Room, Clarendon Grove

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Area Mitcham
Copyright 1 London Borough of Merton
Picture Reference Mit_​TomFrancis_​Ln112
Original Format Photo
Photographer / Origin of Photo Tom Francis
Notes / History John R. Chart’s undertaker’s workshop in Clarendon Grove doubled as a mission room. His bench, tools and sometimes coffins were screened by curtains when the mission was in session.

The Charts had strong links to the Band of Hope, which aimed to keep working men from the evils of the demon drink through education and self-improvement.

John R. Chart conducted Bible classes here and organised public gatherings where the “Entertainments” ranged from songs and recitations to sketches and musical interludes. Special performances such as Magic Lantern shows or concerts by Mitcham Brass Band were held in St. Mark’s Parish Room or Vestry Hall.

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